virtual commencement celebration saturday may 16 2020

Class of 2020

San Diego State University congratulates you on your achievements and upcoming graduation. The Aztec community will come together to celebrate you during the virtual commencement celebration on Saturday, May 16 at 12 p.m. PDT. We hope you will join us with your family and friends that day! This special virtual celebration will allow us to honor you and mark this important moment.

We are inviting the entire university community and our more than 430,000 alumni to wear their red and black for “SDSU Day” on May 16, while tuning in to show their support for the Class of 2020.

You will be able to access the virtual celebration livestream here, on the SDSU homepage and through Facebook Live on the university’s official Facebook page. We will also be sharing fun ways you can begin to celebrate leading up to the event through social media and other platforms.

Congratulations, and go Aztecs!

Grad Celebration Kit

Looking for ways to make this special moment even more festive? Explore our Graduation Celebration Kit below to download printable signs, celebratory certificates, banners, how to make a cap instructions and more. We want to hear from you: Show us how you are planning to celebrate by using #sdsugrad on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Regalia, Diploma Frames and Class Ring Ordering Available

The following discounts on regalia bundles are available online now through December 31, 2020:

  • Bachelor bundle regular price $115/special price $99
  • Master bundle regular price $145/special price $129
  • Doctoral bundle regular price $148/special price $132

All regalia bundles will ship for free.

All regalia and diploma frames are also available to purchase a la carte. Diploma frames will incur a $15.00 oversized shipping fee.

Class rings may also be ordered online. If you have questions regarding rings, please contact Sandra Ochoa at Jostens by emailing [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions

At this time, and as announced in late March, SDSU plans to host the postponed SDSU and SDSU Imperial Valley May 2020 in-person ceremonies December 17 through 20, 2020. If a
decision is made to defer this in-person commencement ceremony, should current county or state guidance not permit large gatherings, it will be announced by October 1, 2020.
Graduates will still have the option to participate in the May 2021 ceremonies. As guidance continues to evolve as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic, we appreciate the understanding of our campus community. The health and safety of our campus community remains top of mind.

Graduates can purchase regalia and other commencement items here

Information on GradFest and tickets will be provided as soon as it becomes available. Please contact [email protected] with questions.

Yes, December 2020 graduates will be allowed to participate in the rescheduled December 2020 ceremony, or they will have the option to participate in the May 2021 ceremony. They will only be allowed to participate in one or the other, not both.

Personalized Video Keepsake by StageClip

Your personalized video keepsake from SDSU vendor StageClip will be available on the day of the Virtual Commencement Celebration on Saturday, May 16.

Visit the StageClip website and enter your name in the search bar. Your clip will be available to download and share across social media using #SDSUGrad.

Please note, you will still receive a generic video keepsake with your name even if you did not submit a photo and/or video by the May 9 deadline.


Share your Class of 2020 Photos with us!

Visit our SmugMug photo upload page.

December 2020 Commencement Schedule

Thursday, 12/17

2 p.m. – Imperial Valley*

Friday, 12/18

8:30 a.m. – College of Sciences*
2 p.m. – College of Arts and Letters*

Saturday, 12/19

8 a.m. – Fowler College of Business
1 p.m. – College of Health and Human Services
5:30 p.m. – College of Engineering

Sunday, 12/20

9 a.m. – College of Education and Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement
2 p.m. – College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts
* In observance of Hanukkah, the times on December 17 and 18 have changed since the communication sent on March 27.

Please send questions to:

President's Office Special Events
[email protected]