Class of 2021

The Class of 2021 consists of students who graduate:

  • Fall 2020
  • Spring 2021
  • Summer 2021

2021 Ceremony Information & Updates

All graduating seniors from the Class of 2021 are invited to attend our hybrid drive-thru and virtual commencement celebrations the weekend of May 22-23, 2021. 

Saturday, May 22, 2021

  • 9 a.m. School of Arts and Humanities
  • 12 p.m. School of Business and Economics
  • 3 p.m. School of Science and Technology

Sunday, May 23, 2021

  • 9 a.m. School of Education
  • 11:30 a.m. School of Social Sciences

Overview of the Drive-thru Ceremony

Graduates participating in the drive-thru commencement ceremonies will enter campus through the main entrance on East Cotati Avenue and drive into Parking Lot F, where campus personnel will check you in. We will hand out commencement programs during this time. Once checked in, vehicles will be queued to drive towards the Green Music Center, where the graduate will exit their car and walk across the outdoor stage to receive their diploma cover while maintaining a safe distance per the current county regulations. The stage will be viewable to those remaining in your vehicle. Graduates will then return to their vehicle and exit campus via Rohnert Park Expressway.

How to Register through MarchingOrder

We are using a company called MarchingOrder to assist with both the drive-thru and virtual celebrations.  Keep an eye out for an email from commencement @sonoma.edu via marchingorder.com. The email will provide graduates with information on how to register for the drive-thru ceremony and create a personalized graduation slide. This slide will be shown online during Commencement and will be available to be shared with loved ones and via social media.  Please complete your registration by April 21

Drive-thru Ceremony Vehicle Requirements

For the drive-thru ceremony, each graduate will be limited to one vehicle. Vehicles must be completely enclosed to comply with health department guidelines. The following are prohibited:

  • Convertibles with their top open

  • Vehicles without doors (such as off-road utility vehicles)
  • Golf Carts
  • Limos

  • Party buses

In vehicles with windows rolled down, occupants must have face coverings for the entire duration the window is down. Passengers are limited to the number of legal seats in the vehicle. Per public health guidelines, all the vehicle occupants must be from the same household.

Vehicle decorating is highly encouraged. Commencement represents an important milestone that you have achieved, and we want to see you celebrate it! Display your excitement by decorating your vehicles as you would your cap.

Travel Advisory

Please review the state travel advisory and consider whether it will impact your travel. Non-essential travel to any part of California more than 120 miles from one's place of residence is discouraged and quarantine following travel is recommended. 

Regalia Rental Info

Graduates can order SSU graduation products, including caps and gowns, through the Herff Jones websiteThe deadline to order regalia for the Class of 2021 is April 23 at 9 p.m.

Cultural and Affinity Celebrations

In addition to the University’s Commencement ceremony, there are also various cultural and affinity celebrations that are planned. Graduates who identify as part of these cultural and affinity groups are invited to participate in the additional virtual celebrations as well.