Commencement Ceremony: Winter 2017

Graduating in May??? New to Sac State’s Commencement this year is a ticket requirement for guest admittance into the arena. Tickets are free of charge and graduates can reserve up to 12 tickets for their guests. Go to the Sac State Commencement webpage at for more information and step-by-step instructions on how to reserve your tickets today!

Ceremony Information

Saturday, May 20, 2017
Students Assemble: 7:00 am
Ceremony Begins: 8:00 am

Venue to be confirmed

For more information, check Sacramento State's Commencement page or contact the University Commencement Office at (916) 278-4952. 

Graduation Tips

Participants in the College of Education

Bachelor of Arts Candidates

  • Career and Technical Studies
  • Child Development
  • Deaf Studies

Credential Candidates

  • Multiple Subject
  • Single Subject
  • Special Education: Education Specialist
  • Preliminary Administrative Services

Master of Arts Candidates

  • Bilingual/Multicultural Education
  • Child Development
  • Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • School Psychology
  • Special Education
  • Teacher Education
  • Workforce Development Advocacy
  • Gender Equity

Master of Science Candidates

  • Counselor Education
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

Cap and Gown

Caps, gowns, tassels and honor cords may be purchased at the Associated Students, Inc. business office in the University Union (3rd Floor). Purchase your cap and gown early to ensure proper size.

There will be a hooding ceremony during commencement for master's students. Faculty marshals will assist Masters students in the proper way to fold and carry their hood into the ceremony.

Honors cords are given to Bachelors candidates only and will be given to students when they pick up their caps and gowns. To find out if you are receiving academic honors or to purchase an honor cord, please check with the ASI office at (916) 278-7916.

Credential Candidates may wear the gown they wore for bachelor's ceremony or borrow a black gown from a friend. Many of the credential cohorts distinguish themselves with special designations, i.e. neck cords or cloth around the shoulders, decorated mortar boards. Some coordinators have established regalia for their cohorts.

Note: All graduates participating in commencement must wear academic regalia.

Petition to Graduate

The RSVP for the ceremony is not a Petition to Graduate, which must be filed with the University Registrar. For more information on the Petitions to Graduate, visit the registrar website. The College of Education is not responsible for the printed program. Please note: signing up to walk in the ceremony does not guarantee that your name will be printed in the Commencement Program.

If you filed your petition to graduate with the University Registrar in advance of the deadline, your name will be printed in the commencement program booklet. If you have changed your name since applying for graduation, please contact the registrar’s office at (916) 278-7111.

Disability Services

Hearing Assistance - A sign language interpreter will be on the stage, as well as displayed on the jumbo-tron for all ceremonies.
Graduate Seating - If you are in need of special seating accommodations, please contact the commencement office and your respective college to make arrangements.
Venue Seating - If your family or guests are in need of special seating, report to the Special Services table inside the main entrance for assistance.
Restrooms - Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located throughout the arena on the concourse level. Restrooms are clearly marked.

For other reasonable accommodations needs for the Commencement Ceremony please contact the Commencement office at or (916) 278-4724.

Student Conduct Code - Alcohol Policy

Commencement is an alcohol-free event. This venue does not allow outside 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.