After close consultation with county public health officials and in adherence with county and state guidelines, SDSU is moving forward with hosting our May 2021 Commencement at Petco Park. The schedule for commencement by college is:
- Tuesday, May 25, 2021:
- 9:00 a.m. – College of Education/Faculty Advancement and Student Success (Interdisciplinary Studies in Three Departments)
- 2:00 p.m. – College of Sciences
- Wednesday, May 26, 2021:
- 8:00 a.m. – College of Arts and Letters
- 1:00 p.m. – College of Engineering
- 5:30 p.m. – Fowler College of Business
- Thursday, May 27, 2021:
- 9:00 a.m. – College of Health and Human Services
- 2:00 p.m. – College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts
A livestream of the in-person ceremonies at Petco Park will be made available on the SDSU Commencement site. In addition, SDSU will provide a virtual ceremony option to accommodate students and families unable to attend in person.
Petco Park Ceremonies
Guests are also encouraged to use public transportation. With Petco Park ideally located at the hub of San Diego County's public transportation network, taking the trolley, coaster or bus to the ballpark area is a convenient way to go. Public transportation details are available online.
There will only be two gates open at Petco Park during commencement for guests and graduates to enter and all other gates will be closed. The Home Plate Gate is located at Park Boulevard and Tony Gwynn Drive. The Park Boulevard Gate is located at 10th Avenue.
Gates open one-hour prior to the ceremony start time. There will be multiple lanes open at each gate and specific lanes will be marked for “Graduates.”
Due to state and county public health guidelines, the number of guest tickets are
limited. The SDSU Commencement Committee has worked diligently with Petco Park to
provide the maximum number of guest tickets in accordance with physical distancing
guidelines and state and local regulations.
Graduates within the following colleges will receive 4 guest tickets per graduate.
- College of Education/Faculty Advancement and Student Success (IS3D)
- College of Arts and Letters
- College of Engineering
Graduates within the following colleges will receive 3 guest tickets per graduate.
- College of Sciences
- College of Health and Human Services
- College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts
- Fowler College of Business
In compliance with social distancing guidelines, Petco Park has reduced attendance levels and has created assigned seating pods to allow six feet between groups. You may notice empty rows and seats in between groups to help maintain proper distancing.
SDSU is not able to offer additional tickets, and the university does not authorize the sale or exchange of complimentary tickets.
Petco Park offers complimentary admission to children under 36 inches in height, provided they are accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket. These children must sit in the lap of the accompanying adult and not occupy an additional seat. Children under 2-years-old do not have to wear a face covering.
Regalia and Other Graduation-Related Items
In observance of tradition, all participants in commencement ceremonies will wear full academic regalia, consisting of a traditional gown with SDSU medallion and a mortarboard with red and black tassel. All master’s degree candidates will wear black tassels. Doctoral candidates will wear gold tassels. Regalia, announcements and other graduation-related items may be purchased online or at the SDSU Bookstore.
Fresh orchid leis and flower bouquets will be available to purchase at the SDSU Commencement ceremonies at Petco Park. You can also pre order flowers from The Commencement Group to be picked up at any floral kiosk at Petco Park the day of your ceremony.
During commencement, graduates and guests can visit the SDSU Bookstore kiosk located in section 101 on the Field Level Concourse. Graduates will be able to purchase caps, tassels, stoles and diploma frames. There will also be a selection of SDSU apparel and gifts for sale.
Class of 2021 graduates (December 2020, May 2021 and August 2021 graduates) will receive a GradPack by mid May which will include their diploma cover. The GradPack will also include an SDSU Alumni face covering which can be worn at the in-person ceremonies.
Class of 2020 graduates (December 2019, May 2020 and August 2020) were already mailed their diploma cover. All Class of 2020 graduates registered to participate in the in-person ceremonies at Petco Park or SDSU Imperial Valley’s CARmencement will also receive an SDSU Alumni face covering mailed to them by mid May.
Beginning on Monday, May 24, graduates will have the opportunity to view their virtual commencement ceremony via individual college recognition websites. Please visit this page to access the recognition website links. The ceremonies will be available for unlimited on-demand viewing.
In addition to remarks by SDSU leadership, the ceremonies will include honors and military recognition and the formal conferral of degrees. Each college recognition website will also include the shareable digital MarchingOrder slide for each graduate. Graduates have the opportunity to personalize their graduate slide by submitting a photo and personal message to fellow Aztecs, family and friends. The deadline to submit a photo and message is Tuesday, May 4.