Guest Seating & Etiquette
Tickets are not required for Commencement. Guest seating at the ceremony is on a first come, first served basis. There is no reserved general seating, and guests are respectfully requested not to save seats for others. The Amphitheatre can accommodate seating for an estimated 9,000 guests. Special seating will be provided for disabled individuals. However, due to limited space, disabled guests may be accompanied by only one non-disabled person in the disabled seating area. The ceremony will also be broadcast inside of Flora and Bernell Snider Recital Hall (see map building #6a), for those guests who wish to avoid the sun and heat. The recital hall is adjacent to the west entrance of the Amphitheatre. Guests may photograph graduates before and after the ceremony, and from their seats during the ceremony.
The ceremony will also be broadcast inside of Flora and Bernell Snider Recital Hall and in Demergasso-Bava Hall, rooms 166 & 167 (see map building #6a and #21), for those guests who wish to avoid the sun and heat. The recital hall is adjacent to the west entrance of the Amphitheatre and the Demergasso-Bava Hall is north of the Amphitheatre. Guests may photograph graduates before and after the ceremony, and from their seats during the ceremony.
Free parking will be available on campus during Commencement.
Grad Images will take professional photographs of the graduates. Within one week following Commencement, each graduate will receive in the mail a free color proof and may purchase additional photos at a reasonable cost. Proofs can also be viewed online. Individual orders will be processed within 14 days of receipt.
You can also preregister at Grad Images prior to the ceremony. This allows you to provide email and mailing address information to help share the good news and the photos! Grad Images will contact them just as soon as their photos are available for online viewing and ordering.
Food, Drink & Souvenirs
Multiple concession stands will be located near the entrance and in the quad area to purchase breakfast items, coffee, water, flowers and souvenirs.
Commencement Family Lunch
You are invited to bring your family and join us in the quad immediately following the undergraduate Commencement ceremonies for a family lunch on Thursday, May 29 and Friday, May 30.
Avoid long lines at restaurants and stay on campus. Join your fellow graduates to enjoy lunch and listen to live music, take photos, mingle with faculty, and buy CSU Stanislaus gear. Campus ambassadors will be available for tours of our beautiful university.
Box lunches are only $5 each. Please pre-order by May 22.
Box Lunches Menu
Boxes include a sandwich, cookie, fruit, chips and bottle of water. Choose from:
- Southwest Turkey with Cheddar and Chipotle Mayo on Ciabatta
- Ham with Swiss and Sundried Tomato Aioli on Foccacia
- Pesto Chicken with Provolone and Red Pepper on Ciabatta
- Roast Beef with Red Onion and Horseradish Mayo on Foccacia
- Roasted Veggie on Foccacia with Balsamic Aioli
- Peanut Butter and Jelly on White Bread ($4)
It is permissible for students to wear flowers with academic regalia. The Graduate School will have booths, in multiple locations on campus, to sell bouquets and leis for your graduate.
Lodging in Turlock
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
3301 Countryside Dr.
Holiday Inn Express
3001 Hotel Drive
The Commencement ceremony is held outdoors. The weather is normally sunny and very warm. Dress in cool, comfortable clothing, bring hats and water. Umbrellas are not permitted as they obstruct the view of the ceremony. Inclement weather is possible, so please prepare accordingly and remain flexible if a delay or postponement is necessary.