General Information

To be eligible for Commencement registration, apply to graduate by March 15, 2023. Please allow 1-2 weeks for your application to be processed. Once your application is processed, you will be emailed that your are eligible to register. Please monitor your Stan State email for updates. You can also inquire about your application status by contacting Enrollment Services at (209) 667-3264.

To participate in a ceremony, students must be from an eligible graduation term and apply for graduation by the March 15, 2023 deadline. Graduates are to register for their designated ceremony on WarriorLife by April 7 at 5 p.m.

Class of 2023

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023
  • Summer 2023




  • Students apply for graduation to have their degree conferred by the University.
  • Students must submit graduation application before March 15, 2023.


  • Commencement is a ceremony that celebrates the degree conferral.
  • Participating in a Commencement ceremony is NOT required for your degree to be conferred.

Students may graduate with academic honors when both their cumulative grade point average (GPA) and Stanislaus grade point average (GPA) meet the following:

Cum Laude, 3.40-3.59

  • Graduating with Honor; Awarded gold and red cords.

Magna Cum Laude, 3.60-3.79

  • Graduating with Great Honor; Awarded gold and silver cords.

Summa Cum Laude, 3.80 and +

  • Graduating with the Highest Honor; Awarded gold cords.

Graduates will be assigned to a ceremony based on their most recent degree earning.

Commencement Ceremonies

For guests, check in at either the north or south side entrances of the Amphitheater. For graduates, check-in will be located by Bizzini Hall. Check-in is at 7 a.m. or 3 p.m.

Guests ages 2 and older are required to have tickets. Children under 2 years of age are not required to have tickets. Additionally, small children must be able to sit on the guardian's lap.

Tickets are required for entry and must be printed. Ticket date must also match ceremony date. No exceptions will be made.

There are no additional plans to increase guest counts due to capacity limitations. Should this protocol change, an announcement will be shared on the Commencement website and by email.

Ceremonies will be livestreamed on YouTube. Additionally, limited seating will be available in 3 viewing rooms. These locations will not require tickets.

  • Snider Recital Hall, Building #6A

  • Demergasso-Bava Hall in lecture hall P166  & P167, Building #21

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Each ceremony is expected to last about 2.5 - 3 hours. Attendees are asked to remain for the entirety of the ceremony.

Beach balls, alcohol, balloons, air horns, spray confetti, & smoking. The University reserves the right to confiscate and remove additional items that it considers to be disruptive at the ceremonies.

Accessible seating is available inside the amphitheater on a first come, first served basis. Transportation shuttles will also be available for guests needing mobility to the Amphitheater. Please visit the Commencement Map to identify the shuttle service on campus.

Updated: May 18, 2023