Assembly and Processional

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.

Please note, due to the transition to my.SDSU, you now also have a RedID number that is nine digits that begins with a 1. You can view your ID number in your my.SDSU account. Log in with your SDSUid and password and click the Profile tile. In the top left corner you will see the word ID and a nine-digit number. That nine-digit number is also your RedID. For entry to Viejas Arena, you will not have any issues presenting your RedID that begins with an 8.

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.


From Lot 13, the processional will enter Viejas Arena from one of two directions, providing a colorful view of candidates and faculty in their full academic regalia.

After arriving at your seat, please remain standing until you are signaled to sit down.

The ceremony will include remarks by the dean of each college and other speakers. University leadership will also present and confer degrees during the ceremony.

Graduates will have their name read aloud as they cross the stage. A live video of each graduate crossing the stage will appear on the jumbotron. Graduates will receive a diploma cover after crossing the stage and a professional photo will be taken by GradImages Photography.

Inclement Weather

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.