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Commencement Updates

Congratulations to everyone graduating this weekend!

Editor's note: This message was emailed to all students.

Dear students, 

We are writing today to share some updates and reminders about Commencement in Stanford Stadium on Sunday, June 16.  You are receiving this message because we want to be sure to reach all graduating students, and all students who might be attending Commencement as ticketed guests.

But first, we would like to send a huge congratulations to everyone who is graduating this weekend. This is a tremendous achievement. We are proud of you and are looking forward to seeing you and your loved ones at Commencement and the many campus celebrations planned with our schools and academic departments, community centers, and other affinity groups.

Free-speech zones and the campus disruption policy

We recognize this Commencement is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for participants and we want it to be a celebratory and safe weekend for all students and their families. This year, there will be a free-speech zone at the PAC-12 Plaza, near the corner of the Sam McDonald and Nelson malls. In addition, please review the Stanford Policy on Campus Disruptions. Those who disrupt Commencement or any related event this weekend will be referred to the Office of Community Standards (OCS) student conduct process and may also be subject to arrest if laws are violated.

The Wacky Walk (for graduating seniors only) will continue!

Detailed guidance was emailed to all graduating seniors on Tuesday and has been posted on the Commencement website. As in past years, you will be asked to leave your costumes and signs at the back of the stadium before you take your seat in cap and gown prior to the ceremony. If needed, we will have professional and student staff on-site to assist you. 

More information is available 

We know this is a lot of information, and some of it may be new to you or is new this year. The university has an extremely robust and well-organized Commencement website if you’re seeking further clarity. 

Again, congratulations to everyone who is graduating. We look forward to celebrating with you and we wish you the very best in the years to come.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs

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