Guest Admission Tickets

Students who graduated in December of the previous year and candidates who applied for graduation in May and August of the current year by the published filing period deadline will receive complimentary guest tickets for their commencement ceremony at Viejas Arena. Guest tickets are required for all guests ages one (1) year of age and older. Tickets will be distributed during GradFest in Montezuma Hall at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, March 26 & 27, from 9:30 a.m.-7p.m. 

GradFestGradFest Ticket Distribution

  • Date: March 26 & 27
  • Time: 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Location: GradFest, Montezuma Hall

SDSU RedID card or a valid, government-issued picture ID is required to obtain tickets. Graduates will be asked to provide their SDSU ID number if they do not have their SDSU RedID card.

Proxy Ticket Distribution

For graduating students who are unable to pick up their tickets, a friend or relative may claim them for the graduate either at GradFest, March 26 & 27, or at the Viejas Arena Box Office through Friday, April 26. The person picking up the tickets must have a completed Proxy Ticket Request Form or tickets will not be distributed. The proxy will also need to present their own, government-issued ID. 
 
Proxy authorization forms will only be accepted until Friday, April 26.

Mail Ticket Distribution

The Viejas Arena Ticket Office will only send tickets to students living outside of San Diego County. Students should complete the Commencement Ticket Request Form to request their tickets.

Ceremony Ticket Allotment

The ticket allotment by college is as follows:

  • College of Arts and Letters - 6
  • College of Health and Human Services - 7
  • Fowler College of Business - 5
  • College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts - 6
  • College of Sciences - 6
  • College of Engineering - 10
  • College of Education and the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement - 7

Post-GradFest Ticket Distribution

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.

Additional Ticket Distribution   

After Friday, April 26, the Ticket Office will distribute any remaining tickets according to the schedule listed below by college. Proxy authorization forms WILL NOT be accepted during the extra ticket distribution dates. Ticket Office hours for the additional ticket distribution dates will be 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the Viejas Arena Ticket Office.

Monday, May 6 – Health and Human Services/Arts and Letters (Graduates and SDSU students)

Tuesday, May 7 – Fowler College of Business/Sciences/Engineering (Graduates and SDSU students)

Wednesday, May 8 – Professional Studies and Fine Arts/Education & Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement (Graduates and SDSU students)

Thursday, May 9 – Non-SDSU

Graduates with their SDSU RedID (must present government issued ID if they only have their RedID number) can receive 4 additional tickets for free, one time only. If the graduate requires additional tickets, they can purchase 4 additional tickets for $5 per ticket. SDSU graduates must purchase additional tickets at the time they are picking up their free tickets. Purchase of additional tickets cannot happen at a later date after free tickets have been received.

SDSU students who are NOT GRADUATING, who have their RedID (must present government issued ID if they only have their RedID number), can receive 2 free tickets, one time only. If the SDSU student requires additional tickets, they can purchase 2 additional tickets for $5 per ticket. SDSU non-graduates must purchase additional tickets at the time they are picking up their free tickets. Purchase of additional tickets cannot happen at a later date after free tickets have been received.

Non-SDSU students can purchase tickets for any commencement ceremony for $10 per ticket beginning Thursday, May 9. 

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Students must advise the Ticket Office representative at GradFest (or the Viejas Arena Ticket Office after GradFest) if any of their guests have difficulty walking up or down stairs. Tickets to accommodate those guests will be included in the maximum number of tickets available to each student.

Students must also advise the Ticket Office representative if they have guests who use a wheelchair. The student will be given a specific wheelchair ticket along with a companion ticket. The wheelchair and companion ticket will be included in the maximum number of tickets allotted. 

These tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. If a student does not request these types of tickets in advance, the Ticket Office cannot guarantee that any will be available on the day of their ceremony.

Not on the Ticket List?

If a graduating student is not on the ticket distribution list or does not have an active application for graduation on file, the student should contact:

Office of Advising and Evaluations
(619) 594-6668