PPA students at spring 2016 commencement.

Visit the University's Commencement website for the most comprehensive information.

Fall 2017 Commencement for the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies will be Friday, December 15, 2017 at 11:30 am. 

We encourage all our master's candidates to participate in commencement at the end of their program. It is a great way to celebrate your accomplishment with your friends and family, professors and fellow students. And besides... it's fun!

How to Participate

PPA graduates sign up for commencement at the SSIS Dean's website. An accurate head-count helps us make this a positive experience for you. 

The University's commencement information website includes schedules, location, attire and announcements, parking, etc.

What to Expect at Commencement

  1. When you arrive at commencement you will be separated from your family. They will go to their seats and you will go to the assembly area.  
  2. University staff (and some of your PPA faculty!) will be there to guide you.
  3. Find the master's candidates and line up with others from your department.
  4. When the ceremonies begin, your hood is draped over your LEFT arm and your tassel is on the LEFT side of your cap.
  5. Graduate candidates follow the Arena Marshals onto the floor for the procession.
  6. There may be a hooding ceremony at a separate gathering with the Dean or there may be one at commencement. You will be informed how this will go prior to commencement. 
    Following is a video of a hooding ceremony at commencement. Video of a hooding ceremony.
  7. Graduate students' names will be read before undergraduates' name. You will first be guided to the photographer by faculty marshalls. Have your picture taken, then you will proceed to the podium where a faculty member will read your name and University officials will shake your hand.
  8. You will then return to your original seat.
  9. Sit back and enjoy the rest of the ceremony!

Photos and Videos from Commencement Ceremonies


Commencement images live in our Facebook page and on our Department scrapbook and on our photo pages.

The University has amazing photographers and videographers recording and documenting commencement each semester. 

Academic Regalia

Graduate students from Sacramento State wear:

  • black graduate robes (these have long cuffs on the sleeves)
  • our MPPA students wear a "peacock blue" hood
    our MSULD students wear a "gold" hood
    (The hood is to be worn draped over your left arm as commencement begins.)
  • mortarboard and tassel 

You may purchase regalia from Associated Students, Inc. Their business office is located on the third floor of the University Union. Purchasing regalia early can help ensure proper size.

Borrow Regalia From Us

Alternately, the Department has donated commencement regalia to loan to our graduate students who would like to borrow rather than buy. As these are donated items, sizes, quantity, and quality vary. We do not usually have tassels to loan. You may check items out from us with the expection that you will return items to us in good condition soon after commencement. As our alumni have proven to be honorable individuals, this system has worked well.
Contact us about borrowing regalia

Want to help another graduate student participate in commencement? We gratefully accept donations of used graduate regalia. 
Contact us about donating regalia.

Commencement Advice

  • Carry your hood to the ceremony. Drape it over your left arm for the procession.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Put your phone away during the procession.
  • Silence your phone during the ceremony.
  • Take lots of pictures, but please be respectful. 
  • Leave your purse, coat, and other valuables with your family and friends.
  • Leave small children with your family and friends. (They can participate one day, just not yet.)
  • Leave pets, beachballs, tortillas, silly string, balloons, Frisbees, and other distractions at home.
  • Stay seated until the end.
  • Be courteous. Treat the commencement speakers and other students as you would like to be treated.
  • Relax and have a great time!