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Commencement Ceremony

Students at the graduation ceremony

Commencement weekend is filled with wonderful activities and celebrations. Make sure to visit Stanford's main commencement website for details on university-wide events and ceremonies.

NOTE - Public Safety Clear Plastic Bag Policy: Stanford has implemented a clear bag policy for Commencement to provide a safter environment for the public, and to expedite entry into the Stanford stadium. Plan to limit the items that you bring to those on the approved list, and only in the approved bags. Policy details can be found by visiting  Clear Plastic Bag PDF Overview


The Human Biology Diploma Ceremony will take place on Sunday, beginning at 12:30pm in the center of the Main Quad and is followed at 1:30pm by a reception with light refreshments in the Main Quad in front of the HumBio Building (Bldg 20).

General Seating: Tickets are not required. Family and friends are welcome! Guest seating is available on first come basis. As there will be limited sun coverage, we recommend wearing hats and sunblock, staying hydrated and bringing snacks that will sustain you until our post-ceremony reception.

Wheelchair spaces and disability resources: Visit Stanford's main commencement site for disability resources. There will be a section directly behind the graduates in the Human Biology ceremony marked for guests with wheelchairs. Main Quad access map. For student accommodation requests, please contact the Diversity & Access Office directly by calling (650) 725-0326 or emailing

Graduate Seating by 12:10: All graduates will be seated in front of the stage, in alphabetical order. *Graduates, please arrive in the reserved seating area by 12:00 and look for a chair with your name card on it. If you cannot find a chair with your name on it, please notify a staff member immediately. There will not be a procession, instead graduates will be directed by a staff member, row by row, to line up to receive their diplomas on stage. For information on graduation clearance procedures, please visit Apply to Graduate

Photography: Gradimages will photograph graduates receiving their diplomas. More information on this to come!

Food before the HumBio reception at 1:30:  Between the early start at Stanford's main graduation in the stadium, and the HumBio reception at 1:30, you may need replenishment! Light refreshments will be sold at the stadium in the morning.  Campus cafes can be contacted for their Commencement Sunday offerings. Some complimentary fruits, light snacks and water may be found along Galvez Street on your way from the stadium to the Main Quad.