Graduates at the 2022 diploma ceremony

2023 Commencement

The 2023 Stanford Commencement Weekend will be held from June 15 – 18, 2023.

The Human Biology Diploma Ceremony will take place immediately following the main ceremony on Sunday, June 18th at 12:30pm in the Main Quad. The ceremony is expected to last approximately one hour and will be immediately followed by a reception with light refreshments. No tickets or registration will be required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Professional photographers will be on-site taking photos of each graduate during the ceremony. These photos will be available for viewing and purchasing after the ceremony here.
  • Due to the location of our ceremony, you will be in direct sunlight, with minimal shade, for the entirety of the celebration. Please plan accordingly and be sure to bring hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, fans, and ample water! Umbrellas are discouraged so as not to block the view of other guests.
  • **Please note: Due to severe airborne allergies, please do not bring apples of any kind with you or in your bags to the ceremony.

Additional information will be coming soon. Please visit the Stanford Commencement page for the latest updates on Commencement Weekend.

Stanford University is committed to ensuring its facilities, programs and services are accessible to everyone. To request accommodations for any Commencement Weekend activities, please complete the Request for Disability-Related Accommodations form no later than May 26, 2023. For more accessibility information, please visit the main commencement accessibility page.

If you have any questions or concerns prior to the ceremony, please contact Jessy Frydenberg at frydenbj [at] (frydenbj[at]stanford[dot]edu)

Important Deadlines: Application to Graduate

Saturday, March 4: Application to graduate opens in Axess for Spring conferral. Students deferring graduation "walkers" must complete this form
Friday, April 14 at 5pm: Application to graduate deadline. Summer conferrals should consult Registrar's website for deadlines.
Friday, June 2 at 5pm: Late application to graduate deadline (students will be charged a $50 late application fee). No applications will be accepted after this date. 

Review HumBio's Graduation Clearance Procedures for important deadlines and information along with the Registrar's website for a step-by-step guide on how to apply to graduate.

Cap and Gown Ordering Information

Tuesday, March 7: Cap and gown ordering website goes live - order here!
Tuesday, March 7 & Wednesday, March 8 from 10am-4pm: Grad Fair at the Stanford Bookstore
- Preorder your cap and gown, save on custom graduation announcement packages, purchase your diploma frame and other merch, win fabulous prizes
Monday, April 17: Deadline for student cap and gown pre-orders to pick up on campus
Sunday, May 14: Deadline for student cap and gown pre-orders to ship to home
Thursday, June 1:
Pre-order cap and gown distribution begins (for students and faculty)
Monday, June 5: Open stock cap and gown rental distribution begins


Awards Ceremony Program

View the 2023 Program in Human Biology Awards Ceremony Program here.


Diploma Ceremony Program

View the 2023 Program in Human Biology Diploma Ceremony Program here.