Class of 2020

2020 Ceremony Information & Updates

Dear Class of 2020 Seawolves,  

We hope this message finds you in a healthy and safe place. You, as the Class of 2020, have faced unique challenges unlike any other: an unwavering pandemic that not only affected your Commencement ceremony, but surely has affected your lives after graduation as you look to make a mark on the world. We wish to say how extremely proud we are of you and all that you accomplished at Sonoma State University.

In May of this year, SSU, like many universities across the country, made the difficult decision to postpone our Commencement ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We were unequivocal in our intention to postpone - but not cancel your Commencement — as we understand the importance of being able to celebrate this important achievement with your family and friends.

We are pleased to say that the Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 is being planned for the weekend of May 15-16, 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 to protect the safety of all those who would be in attendance. 

We understand that for some, attending Commencement will be a challenge as many of you have moved out of the area and some quite far away. We apologize that we cannot give more concrete details at this time regarding the ceremony logistics, but we are closely monitoring local and state guidelines in relation to 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. In the meantime, we encourage you to stay connected with your Sonoma State Alumni Association. There, you will find a caring alumni community as well as information and resources to support you. Until then, may you continue to follow the path that your SSU journey prepared you to take.  


You were eligible to participate in Commencement 2020 if you:

  • Graduated in Fall 2019
  • Applied for graduation in Spring 2020
  • Applied for graduation in Summer 2020