Visitors & Guests

General Admission

Tickets are not required for Commencement.

Guest Seating & Etiquette

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 is an outdoor lawn-covered venue and can accommodate seating for an estimated 6,300 guests.

Seating Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

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. Stanislaus State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its program and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please call 209-667-3598 in advance of your participation or visit.

Watch Commencement Broadcast

The ceremony will also be broadcast live 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.

Closed captioning will be provided in the indoor seating areas. Guests may photograph graduates before and after the ceremony, and from their seats during the ceremony.


View Commencement Event Parking Information page


GradImages® was the official photographer for Commencement. Your proofs will be available after the ceremony. To view your proofs online, please visit Pictures may be ordered online, by phone, or by mail. If you have any questions please contact Customer Service at 800-261-2576 or via email at

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Pre-register with GradImages by visiting, and clicking on the Pre-Event Registration at the bottom of the page. This provides them with the most correct and up-to-date contact information and ensures the delivery of your graduation proofs in a timely manner. You may register your email and up to 6 emails of loved ones who would like to share in your accomplishment by viewing and ordering photos.

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.


It is permissible for students to wear flowers with academic regalia. We will have booths, north of the Amphitheatre, selling bouquets and leis for your graduate.

Lodging in Turlock

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
(209) 668-3800
3301 Countryside Dr.

Holiday Inn Express
(209) 664-9999
3001 Hotel Drive

Local Weather

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do guests need tickets?

No, tickets are not required for guests.

What time should guests arrive?

Most guests arrive an hour before the ceremony.

How long will the ceremony last?

The ceremony will last between 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Who is the guest speaker for the Commencement Ceremony?

There will be a student speaker and a keynote speaker for each ceremony.

Where can I leave my valuables during the ceremony?

Graduates are discouraged from bringing purses or other valuables with them to the ceremony. You will have to carry these items at all times.


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Updated: April 24, 2020.