Class of 2021

You are eligible to participate in Commencement 2021 if you:

  • Graduated in Fall 2020
  • Have applied for graduation in Spring 2021
  • Have applied for graduation in Summer 2021

2021 Ceremony Information & Updates

Dear Class of 2021 Seawolves,

We hope this message finds you in a healthy and safe place. We are extremely proud of your accomplishments and all that you have achieved at Sonoma State University. You as the Class of 2021 have faced the challenge of completing your studies in the midst of an unwavering pandemic and another year of destructive wildfires. Yet you are meeting those challenges with the kind of spirit and determination to persevere and realize your ultimate goal — graduation.

We are pleased to say that the Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2021 is being planned for the weekend of May 22-23, 2021. We are still exploring different options for how the ceremony will be conducted, including virtually, a physically distanced in-person gathering, or drive-through celebration.

We understand that for some, attending Commencement will be a challenge as some of you have moved back home or are currently in different states. We apologize that we cannot give more concrete details as to how the ceremony will be held, but we will be closely monitoring local and state guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic so we can create a memorable Commencement ceremony that is safe for everyone who can attend. Please assist us in the Commencement planning efforts by completing a short survey.

We will be in contact with you again in February of 2021 as we consider specific guidance from our local health officials so that we can provide you better details regarding Commencement logistics. May you continue to stay safe and well. 
 

Eligibility

You are eligible to participate in Commencement 2021 if you:

  • Graduated in Fall 2020
  • Have applied for graduation in Spring 2021
  • Have applied for graduation in Summer 2021

If you seek an exception, please send an email to commencement@sonoma.edu providing your name, major, student ID and your plans for graduation. You will receive a message back from the appropriate school contact within 10 days.

Apply to Graduate 

Commencement is a ceremony to honor our annual graduates but please keep in mind that participation is optional and is not the same as actually graduating from SSU. You will officially graduate after grades have been finalized and only if all degree requirements were completed by the end of the semester you applied to graduate in. Get more information on how to apply to graduate from the Office of the Registrar.

The Academic Requirements Report (ARR) determines a student's graduation eligibility and the current ‘graduation status’ is listed at the top left corner of the ARR. 

If you have not met all degree requirements by your planned graduation date, you must reschedule your graduation date by submitting the Graduation Postponement Form online. If you have questions or concerns about your graduation status, please contact your graduation team specialist in the Office of the Registrar