Commencement 2022

Congratulations Seawolves, Commencement week is finally here!

With less than a week before you are conferred as SSU graduates, here is some final information you need to know about your upcoming ceremonies.

This Commencement website has pertinent information regarding the ceremonies and the cultural and affinity graduation celebrations. Below you will find a list of the ceremonies, information on Grad Check-In, seating for your family and friends, COVID-19 protocols, and parking information. 

Ceremony Start Times 

May 21, 2022

  • 9 a.m. School of Business and Economics
    Business Administration; Economics
  • 1 p.m. School of Science and Technology
    Applied Statistics; Biochemistry; Biology; Chemistry; Computer and Engineering Science; Computer Science; Earth Science; Electrical Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Geology; Kinesiology; Mathematics; Nursing; Physical Science; Physics; Statistics
  • 5 p.m. School of Arts and Humanities
    American Multicultural Studies; Art (Studio); Art History; Chicano and Latino Studies; Communication Studies; Dance; English; Film Studies; French; Hutchins School of Liberal Studies; Liberal Studies (Saturday Degree Completion); Music; Philosophy; Spanish; Special Major, German Cultural Studies; Theatre Arts

May 22, 2022

  • 9 a.m. School of Education
    Early Childhood Education; Early Childhood Studies; Education; Educational Leadership; Liberal Studies (Ukiah, Napa, Solano, Marin); Organization Development; Teaching Credential
  • 1 p.m. School of Social Sciences A
    Anthropology; Counseling; Cultural Resources Management; History; Human Development; Political Science; Psychology; Public Administration; All Social Science Master's Degrees
  • 5 p.m. School of Social Sciences B
    Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies; Environmental Science, Geography, and Management; Environmental Studies; Environmental Studies, Geography, and Planning; Geography, Environment, and Planning; Global Studies; Sociology; Women’s and Gender Studies

Grad Check-In 

Upon arrival, make your way to the Grad Check-In and line up at Schroeder Hall at the Green Music Center. Please arrive at Grad Check-In at least one hour prior to your ceremony. 

By mid-week, you should receive an email from commencement@sonoma.edu via marchingorder.com that will contain your grad pass. Please print or bring a screenshot of your grad pass on your phone to Grad Check-In. We will have a backup of your grad pass if you forget to bring yours. A few reminders for your ceremony:

  • Please come dressed and ready in your regalia. Master’s students, please have your hoods attached to your robe. 
  • Shoes are required to cross the stage.
  • There are no liquids allowed inside Weill Hall, but we will have water available at the Alumni Tent for grads during grad line up.  
  • Due to the air conditioning equipment, glitter is not permitted in the hall.
  • Balloons and flowers can be checked at coat check in the Weill Hall lobby. 
  • Please remain sober and substance free.

Seating for Family and Friends 

Tickets are only needed to sit inside Weill Hall. Each graduate was allotted two tickets inside Weill Hall for their family and/or friends. Due to the smaller size of the School of Education ceremony, graduates were allotted four tickets. Tickets were available to be picked up during the ticket distribution week from April 18-22. Alternatively, graduates were able to request an alternate pick up date via the 2022 SSU Commencement Tickets form, which was available on the commencement website until May 9th.

To ensure a festive celebration, there is unlimited seating available outside on the Weill Lawn for additional family and/or friends. Tickets are NOT needed for outdoor seating. The lawn will have a “front row” view of what takes place on the stage via the Jumbotron located outside the hall, and the state-of-the-art sound system will ensure each graduate’s name will be heard by all. Over 3,000 folding chairs will be available on the lawn on a first-come, first-served basis.

On the day of Commencement, we will also have a standby line just outside Weill Hall for individuals wishing to sit inside. Your guests can wait in the standby line to fill unclaimed seats inside Weill Hall. There is no guarantee that guests in the standby line will be able to sit in the hall, as open seats are filled beginning 15 minutes before the ceremony on a first come, first-served basis.

COVID-19 Protocols

In keeping with county and state guidelines, masks are no longer required but are strongly recommended in indoor settings. We fully support and respect everyone who wishes to wear masks. Additionally, there is no requirement to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result.

Please do not attend if you are experiencing any unexplained, COVID-related symptoms as listed here on the CDC website or if you have had recent close contact with an individual who is confirmed as having COVID-19—even if you are fully vaccinated.

These are some of our safety enhancements:

  • Our indoor air-handling systems are equipped with MERV-14 filters that exceed CDC standards.
  • We are performing enhanced cleaning of all spaces prior to and during events.
  • Hand washing areas and sanitizer are available.
  • Surgical masks are available in the Weill Hall lobby.

Parking

Parking is free on Commencement day. The lots directly adjacent to the Green Music Center (Lots L, M, N, O) provide the closest general and accessible parking. Lots G and H are also within walking distance. There will be carts making their ways around the parking lots to assist with those that need a ride. Please see our campus map.

If you have any questions, you can always check out the FAQ page or email commencement@sonoma.edu. We look forward to celebrating with you this weekend! 

Eligibility

You are eligible to participate in Commencement 2022 if you:

  • Graduated in Fall 2021
  • Have applied for graduation in Spring 2022
  • Have applied for graduation in Summer 2022

If you haven’t graduated or applied to graduate and have questions about the process, please visit the Office of the Registrar website to find out more.

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. Learn more about how to apply to graduate at the Office of the Registrar website.
 
The ARR (Academic Requirements Report) determines a student's graduation eligibility and the current ‘graduation status’ is listed at the top left corner of the ARR. If you have questions or concerns about your graduation status, please contact your graduation team specialist.

Questions? Contact commencement@sonoma.edu