Message from the Office of the President

December 20, 2017

As many of you are aware, San Jose State will be transitioning to a new format and venues for commencement. Following up on President Papazian’s recent campus message, here are more details.

San Jose State will celebrate the class of 2018 with seven commencement ceremonies scheduled for Wednesday, May 23, through Friday, May 25.

Each of the university’s seven colleges will have a ceremony that highlights the achievements of its students, as well as dignitaries, including distinguished faculty members, alumni and community leaders.

The ceremonies will be held at the Event Center at SJSU and at Avaya Stadium. There will be no admission cost for graduates or their guests.

More than 9,000 candidates who completed their studies in August 2017, December 2017 and May 2018 will be eligible to participate in these ceremonies. Each graduate will have his or her name called, and cross the stage to shake hands with President Papazian and other campus leaders. In addition, faculty members will hood doctoral and master’s candidates. All ceremonies will be streamed live from the university’s homepage.

What to Expect this Spring

We will finalize logistical details, and share this information with you in subsequent emails, as well as here on our commencement website.

Graduates will receive information on how to register to participate, and how to claim complimentary admission passes for their guests. We estimate each graduate will receive eight to 10 tickets. Specific information related to speakers, honorees and related events will also be relayed.

Starting today, academic units and affinity groups planning to hold celebratory convocations may request spaces on campus or at Avaya Stadium through our online portal.

Our goal is to do all we can to align college and department events in terms of timing and location. We are here to help with this process. You’ll find contact information for our Special Events team in University Advancement at the aforementioned portal.

2018 Commencement Ceremony Schedule

Graduates and guests should plan to arrive at least one hour early.

Wednesday, May 23

5 p.m. | Connie L. Lurie College of Education: Event Center at SJSU

Thursday, May 24

9 a.m. | College of Social Sciences: Avaya Stadium

1:30 p.m. | College of Humanities and the Arts: Event Center at SJSU

5 p.m. | Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering: Avaya Stadium

Friday, May 25

9 a.m. | Lucas College and Graduate School of Business: Avaya Stadium

1:30 p.m. | College of Science: Event Center at SJSU

5 p.m. | College of Applied Sciences and Arts: Avaya Stadium