Safety & Conduct

Out of respect to all candidates and their families and guests, we ask that you remain in your seats until the conclusion of the ceremony.


Smoking, Alcohol, Weapons

Effective July 1, 2015, in order to promote the health of faculty, staff and students, the university is prohibiting smoking and the use of all tobacco and nicotine-based products, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, electronic devices and more.

There is a zero-tolerance policy at Commencement for alcohol and drugs. Students and guests determined to be impaired will be removed from Commencement.

Alcohol, drugs or weapons are not allowed on campus or in the Green Music Center.



Pursuant to SSU policy 1988-4; The consumption of alcoholic beverages in an SSU parking lot or any campus roadway is prohibited. Violators may be subject to criminal citation and fine.



Only service animals are permitted at commencement and they need to be clearly identified. No other animals are permitted.

It is a violation of penal code 597.7 to leave an animal in an unattended vehicle, if by doing so you endanger the health or well-being of the animal.


First Aid

An emergency first aid station and ambulance will be set up on the Upper Lawn of the Green Music Center by the restrooms. See the Maps page for the exact location.

Please remember to bring sunscreen & hats for protection against harmful UV rays. Stay hydrated and bring containers for water, as water re-fill stations are available inside the GMC venue.