Commencement for the College of Arts and Letters

College of Arts and Letters

Commencement Ceremony

When: Friday, May 17, 2019 at 3 p.m.
Where: Viejas Arena

The processional will begin promptly at 2:30 p.m. 

Rehearsal

When: Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Viejas Arena
Faculty only, there is no student rehearsal

Entrance to Viejas Arena

Candidates must access Lot 13 (north of Viejas Arena) from the ground level, across from Parking Structure 12. All guests must access Viejas Arena through the main entrance gates. Due to stringent security measures, all students participating in commencement are required to present their RedID or a valid, government-issued picture ID in order to be admitted to Viejas Arena. Students who do not bring valid ID will not be allowed to participate in commencement.

Processional

No later than 1:45 p.m., bachelor’s and master’s candidates must arrive to Lot 13 and line up behind their respective department signs. Faculty marshals and student ushers will organize the processional lines. While waiting in line, you will fill out cards asking for your name, degree and address. College representatives will use these cards to announce your name as you walk across the stage. In addition, commencement photographers will use these cards to send you photo information.

MFA and PhD candidates must report to the robing room inside Viejas Arena no later than 1:45 p.m. and will be seated on stage as members of the platform party.

The processional will begin promptly at 2:30 p.m.

Inclement Weather

In case of rain, 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.

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.

Tickets and Seating

To ensure orderly entrance to Viejas Arena, all guests ages one (1) year of age and older must have tickets. Candidates may pick up complimentary, reserved seat tickets during GradFest in Montezuma Hall at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, March 26 & 27, from 9:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

The number of tickets available to each student is determined by the number of candidates graduating in each college. The ticket allotment by college will be available in late February on the commencement website.

Beginning Thursday, March 28, students who did not claim commencement tickets at GradFest will obtain them at the Viejas Arena Ticket Office. If a student does not claim tickets by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 26, the ticket office cannot guarantee the student will receive the full number of commencement tickets. After that day, the ticket office will distribute any remaining tickets according to the schedule listed by college on the commencement website. Get more information about tickets.

Commencement tickets are provided at no charge to all graduates. SDSU does not authorize the sale of complimentary tickets.

Ceremony

Dean Norma Bouchard will preside over the ceremony, which will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m. and last approximately two hours.

All graduates and guests should remain seated until the ceremony is concluded by the Grand Marshal.

Graduates will exit Viejas Arena at floor level and guests will exit from the top gates. Guests will not be able to enter the arena floor. Please do not congregate in front of the arena exits.

Photography

Guests must remain seated until the conclusion of the ceremony. You will not be allowed to stand in the aisles or block the views of others in order to take photos or videos. Camera tripods are not allowed in Viejas Arena. There will be ample time after each ceremony to take photographs on campus with a wide variety of backdrops.

Graduation portrait photographers will be available during GradFest, March 26 & 27.

GradImages Photography will take photographs of each graduate on stage during the commencement ceremonies. Each graduate will be sent no-obligation proofs of the commencement photographs via email and text after the event. Proofs will also be sent via postal mail. You will have the opportunity to purchase prints after you have seen your proofs. At the ceremony, please ensure that you provide correct email and mailing information on the card you bring to stage from which your name will be announced.

Prior to the ceremony, graduates can also pre-register by visiting www.gradimages.com and clicking on “Pre-Event Email Registration.” There you will enter your email address and up to six emails for others to view and order your photos.

If you have any questions about your commencement ceremony photographs, please visit www.gradimages.com/sandiegostateuniversity or call toll-free 1-800-261-2576.

Departmental Ceremonies and Receptions

Date and Time

Department

Venue

5/17 at 11:00 a.m.
Africana Studies
Scripps Cottage
5/17 at 11:00 a.m.
Anthropology
Arts and Letters 201
5/17 at 11:00 a.m.
Chicano/a Studies
Hardy Tower 140
5/17 at 11:00 a.m.
English and Comparative Literature
Tula Community Center
5/17 at 11:00 a.m.
European Studies
Hepner Hall 130
5/17 at 11:00 a.m.
Geography and Urban Studies
Exercise and Nutritional Sciences 280
5/17 at 11:00 a.m.
Latin American Studies
Arts and Letters 101
5/17 at 11:00 a.m.
Linguistics and Japanese
Storm Hall West 012
5/17 at 11:00 a.m.
Philosophy
West Commons 220
5/17 at 11:00 a.m.
Political Science & ISCOR
Goldberg Courtyard- Student Union
5/17 at 11:00 a.m.
Rhetoric and Writing Studies
Storm Hall West 011
5/17 at 11:00 a.m.
Sociology
Peterson Gym
5/17 at 11:00 a.m.
Women’s Studies
Little Theater 161

Disability Access

Please call the Student Ability Success Center at (619) 594-6473 for assistance for candidates with mobility or hearing difficulties or other disabilities.

If you have questions, please contact:

Michelle Lenoue
[email protected]
(619) 594-6339

Valid ID Required

RedID RequiredDue to stringent security measures, all students participating in commencement are required to present their SDSU RedID card or a valid, government-issued picture ID for admittance to Viejas Arena.

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

Get additional information about pre-ceremony assembly and processional.

 

Disability AccessDisability Access

Candidates with mobility or hearing difficulties or other disabilities should contact:

Student Ability Success Center
(619) 594-6473

Please call by April 15, 2019.