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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to our frequently asked questions.

1. Are tickets required? Is there any limit on how many people I can invite?

Tickets to most events are NOT required,  and generally there are not limits on the numbers of people individuals can bring. There are exceptions, and some events do require an RSVP. Please see below for some of the main ceremony requirements:

No tickets are required, but seating is limited. Please arrive early and allow time to park and walk to the Main Quadrangle.

Commencement Ceremony
No tickets are required to attend the main Commencement ceremony at Stanford Stadium on Sunday, June 12, 2016. There is no limit to the number of guests you may bring.

Diploma Ceremonies
Generally, no tickets are required to attend diploma ceremonies; however, some departments may require tickets or reservations due to the limited capacity of a venue. Please contact your school or department for further information about these events.

President's Reception
No tickets are required.

Senior Dinner on the Quad
This event is exclusively for graduating seniors. Reservations required.

2. Are there any restricted items and/or security requirements?

Though Stanford does not anticipate any security problems during Commencement Weekend, in the interest of all guests attending the event, please observe the following restrictions:

  • No artificial noise makers, air horns or megaphones.
  • No umbrellas, poles, banners, large signs, flags or laser pointers, or incendiary devices.
  • No promotional items with commercial slogans or identification.
  • No alcohol is permitted at any of the events and ceremonies.
  • Please Note: Due to safety regulations, no strollers are allowed into seated areas of the Stanford Stadium. Guests attempting to park strollers in these areas will be required to remove them. A stroller check area will be provided for your convenience near Gate 3 of the Stadium.
  • All items may be subject to search at all entrances to the Stanford Stadium.
  • All Commencement venues have the authority to prohibit any other items deemed to be a security risk. 
  • No drones or any unmanned flying vehicles allowed in the Stadium or anywhere on the Stanford campus during Commencement Weekend.

These policies are subject to change without notice.

3. How do F1 or J1 students obtain a Letter of Invitation?

The Office of Special Events & Protocol and Bechtel International Center are no longer providing letters of invitation. Instead, students are advised to write their own invitation letters, along with providing supporting documents. 

4. What if it rains?

If it is determined due to severely inclement weather that we must utilize the rain plan, it will be announced by 7:00 AM on Saturday, June 11 for the Baccalaureate celebration and by 7:00 AM on Sunday, June 12 for the main Commencement ceremony on the Stanford Radio Station - KZSU 90.1 FM, and other available radio stations in the area. Information will also be added to the Commencement homepage with further details regarding rain plan locations of events.

5. What are the Gores, Dinkelspiel and Cuthbertson Awards which are given at the Commencement Ceremony?

These awards acknowledge excellence in various contributions made by Stanford faculty, students and staff. Visit the Registrar's Awards page for more information.

6. How do I obtain a copy of the Commencement speeches?

Copies of key note speeches will be available in the weeks following Commencement. Stanford YouTube Archives of keynote speeches will be available, as well as highlights of the entire weekend. Visit the Commencement homepage the week after Commencement to obtain this information.

Stanford iTunes
Stanford on iTunes will also present an audio podcast of the ceremony.

Stanford Radio
KZSU 90.1 FM, Stanford's radio station, will provide a live broadcast of the main Commencement ceremony.

7. What campus transportation is available during the weekend?

Limited Marguerite shuttle service will be available throughout the weekend. Please check the Weekend Parking & Transportation page for details as they become available.