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Arts & Letters

Commencement Information


Check back in early October to register!

Join us for the College of Arts and Letters' Fall 2016 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, December 16 at 7:15 p.m. at Sleep Train Area (formerly Power Balance Pavilion/Arco Arena).

Candidates assemble at 6:15 p.m. at Sleep Train Arena, doors will open for guests at 6:15 p.m. Please enter the building through door 4.

Graduates do not check in at the commencement ceremony.  After you enter the building, just follow the signs and line up in the backstage area designated for your department (i.e., Communication Studies, Design, etc.). At your seat in the Arena, you'll find a card and pencil that you should use to write your name clearly and legibly. Later, you will line up to walk past the speakers' platform to be recognized, and you should hand the completed card to the reader, who will then announce your name on the public address system.

Petition to Graduate/Program Info

Registration with your college does not guarantee your name will appear in the program. The appropriate petition to graduate forms must have been filed with Admissions and Records. For more information on petitions to graduate please click on the following link:

To confirm that your name will be listed in the program, contact the Commencement Office at (916) 278-4724 or

Grad Fest Information

Don’t forget to drop by the Grad Fest—Tuesday, November 5 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in the University Ballroom—for your one-stop shopping for all things commencement. Visit for more information.

Student Conduct/Alcohol Policy

Commencement is an alcohol-free event. This venue does not allow alcohol on the premises for this event. For everyone’s safety and to ensure that all participants enjoy this special occasion, we ask that graduates and guests do not bring alcohol onto the property. Being under the influence imposes on others and could preclude your participation in the ceremony.

Disability Services

For the graduate:
Graduates with disabilities who need special accommodations should contact their college and the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities prior to the commencement ceremony.

For guests:
Reasonable accommodations will be made for all guests with disabilities. Prior to commencement, we ask that you contact the Commencement Office by emailing or calling (916) 278-4724 with your name, college, phone number, email address and the names of the disabled guests. On graduation day, please have them locate the Special Guest Services Table on the second floor of Sleep Train Arena. Sacramento State commencement staff will escort your guests to reserved seats. Due to space limitations, there may be a limit on the number of family members allowed to accompany the guests with disabilities in the reserved seating area.

A sign language interpreter is on the stage during each ceremony and can be viewed on the pavilion’s video screens.

Guide dogs are allowed in the pavilion. Guests should bring their guide dog’s certification and be prepared to present the certificate to pavilion security at the entrance. No other animals are permitted.

For more information about Sacramento State commencement ceremonies, visit