Two men smiling at SDSU commencement

Valid ID Required

Due to stringent security measures, all students participating in commencement are required to present their SDSU RedID card (preferred) or a valid, government-issued picture ID in order to be admitted to Viejas Arena.

Students who do not bring valid ID to Viejas Arena will not be allowed to participate in commencement.

Viejas Arena Assembly 

Please check the schedule of commencement ceremonies for the appropriate date and time. 

  • Assemble in Lot 13, across from Parking Structure 12, north of the arena. 
  • Arrive at least 45 minutes before the processional start time, unless otherwise noted for your college. See Ceremonies by College.

College representatives will help to organize you in the correct processional line according to your major.


The processional is led by the grand marshal carrying the college banner and directed by faculty marshals.

It will enter the commencement site from one or two directions, providing a colorful view of candidates and faculty in their full academic regalia.

After arriving at your seat, please remain standing until the grand marshal signals you to sit.

Following closing remarks by the dean, the grand marshal will lead the recessional of graduates and dignitaries from the commencement site back to the assembly area.

Inclement Weather Red Umbrella

In case of rain during commencement, candidates should arrive to Lot 13, across from Parking Structure 12 at least 45 minutes before the processional start time, unless otherwise noted for your college. See Ceremonies by College.

Once candidates enter through security and show their RedID, they will proceed directly inside Viejas Arena where they will be seated according to their department.

Please note candidates will be unable to bring umbrellas inside the arena due to the limited mobility on the arena floor and potential tripping hazard. However, there will be bins located at the entrance to store umbrellas during the ceremony.

All guests will be allowed to bring umbrellas into the arena, but they cannot be larger than 20" and must be collapsible.