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Commencement 2020

Juan Pedroza being hooded at Commencement 2018

Doctoral graduate, Juan Pedroza being hooded by Professor Saperstein at Commencement 2018

Image credit: Randy Michaud

Stanford University 129th Commencement 2020 - Department of Sociology

General Stanford University Commencement Information

For complete information and description of ceremonies and events, as well as planning instructions for students, parents, and faculty, please visit the Stanford University Commencement web site.

Department of Sociology Diploma Ceremony

Date: Sunday, June 14, 2020

Time: 12:30 pm (Reception Time: 11:30am)

Location:  East Oval Grove

Graduation Information

Diploma Reminders and Important Dates

  • If you are expecting to graduate at the end of Spring Quarter 2019-20, please file your graduation application on Axess by the application deadline, April 10, 2020 (5:00pm pst). 

  • Saturday, Feb 29: Spring Application to graduate available in Axess
  • After April 12, 2020, late applications to graduate will incur a $50 late fee. The application deadline for late applications to graduate for undergraduates and graduates, for Spring Quarter degree conferral is June 3, 2020 (5:00 pm pst). June 5 is the last day to withdraw an application to graduate for Spring.

  • No applications to graduate are accepted after 5pm on June 3, 2020. 


If your degree is NOT being conferred in June 2020 – To  be considered for active participation in the Commencement ceremonies, you must complete a Commencement Walkthrough Petition and submit it to Natasha Newson by June 3, 2020.

Other Useful Links:

Registrar's Office Graduation and Commencement Forms  

Registrar's Office Graduation Information


Undergraduates: Information and survey link will be sent to you by Morgan in a separate email.  

Doctoral:  Please complete the anonymous PhD Exit Survey  (available May 1, 2020) by  May 29, 2020


Co-Terminal/Master's: Please complete your Co-Term Gradution Survey (available May 1, 2020) by May 29, 2020

PhD: Please complete your PhD Graduation Survey (available May 1, 2020) by May 29, 2020.

Cap and Gown Ordering

All graduating students and participating staff and faculty are required to wear a cap and gown to participate in the main Commencement ceremony and Baccalaureate.  Hood: Arts, Letters, Humanities - White

Online Ordering

Beginning March 2, 2020 you may begin to place your cap and gown orders online:

Grad Fair

April 17th there will be a Grad Fair at the Stanford Bookstore from 3pm - 6pm.

Distribution of Orders

Regalia will be available for in-store pick up (lower level) or shipping for all  online orders will be availabe beginning June1, 2020  open stock distribution starts June 3, 2020.

Graduation Announcements

Announcement orders may be placed online: Ordering Questions? Contact the Stanford Bookstore (650) 329-1217, ext. 348.