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Stanford Ceremony Information

Stanford GSE Diploma Ceremony Information


The GSE Diploma Ceremony will be held in Canfield Court, located between the Stanford Bookstore and CERAS.


Arrive early to get the best parking and ensure that you are not late to line-up. The closest parking lot will be the Wilbur Field Garage. If parking is difficult on Sunday, you may find parking in the Tresidder parking lot as well. For information on any available Marguerite Shuttle routes for that Sunday, click here.


Stanford’s main Commencement ceremony will be a ticketed event. Please see the announcement here.

The Stanford GSE ceremony will have open seating and tickets are not required. We recommend that you arrive early for the best seats. Seats will be set up at 11:30am, should families choose to arrive early and reserve seating. Please note that personal items should not be left on the seats as no security will be available. Academic Affairs reserves seats in advance only for guests in wheelchairs or who need special access at the Stanford GSE ceremony.


If any guests need special accommodations at the Stanford GSE ceremony, please contact the Stanford GSE Academic Affairs ahead of time to make the necessary arrangements (alternatively, graduates can notify the office in their RSVP survey). In addition, please visit the Stanford Commencement Accessibility page and complete the Request for Disability-Related Accommodations form no later than May 24.

Some Tips to Make the Ceremony More Enjoyable…

  • Dress for the heat; light clothing is advisable.
  • Hats, visors, and sunblock are recommended.
  • Comfortable, close-toed shoes are recommended for walking across campus.
  • We recommend that guests eat a hearty breakfast and pack a snack. Light refreshments will be available for purchase at the Stanford Stadium. An hors d'oeuvres reception will follow the Stanford GSE ceremony at 2:00pm.
  • Water will be available at both ceremony locations. You may wish to bring your own water as well.
  • We regret that umbrellas will not be permitted at either ceremony, as they would block the view of other guests.

 Smoking Guidelines: Smoking is prohibited in outdoor locations where arranged seating (fixed or temporary) is provided for programs or events. Outdoor locations include, but are not limited to, the Main Quadrangle, Stanford Stadium, amphitheaters, and courtyards.

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