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Winter Commencement is Dec. 20-21


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This year’s holidays will have even more special meaning for 3,346 Sacramento State students. That’s how many are eligible to take part in the University’s Winter Commencement on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20-21, at Sleep Train Arena.

The figure includes summer graduates and those from special programs.

CSU Trustee J. Lawrence Norton will be a special guest during Friday’s proceedings. Norton, a retired mediator specializing in education and public policy, and principal of Norton and Associates, will attend the noon ceremony of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Sacramento State has made it easier for upcoming graduates and their families to participate in this memorable moment with a one-stop Commencement web page, There they will find a list of FAQs covering items such as what to bring, how many guests can be invited – even which side of the cap the tassel goes on.

Commencement times and eligible graduates:

Friday, Dec. 20

College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies: Students assemble at 11 a.m. for noon Commencement; 709 graduates.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics: Students assemble at 2 p.m. for 3 p.m. Commencement; 202 graduates.

College of Business Administration: Students assemble at 4:30 p.m. for 5:30 p.m. Commencement; 502 graduates.

Saturday, Dec. 21

College of Health and Human Services: Students assemble at 7:30 a.m. for 8:30 a.m. Commencement; 789 graduates.

College of Arts and Letters: Students assemble at 10:30 a.m. for 11:30 a.m. Commencement; 546 graduates.

College of Engineering and Computer Science: Students assemble at 1:30 p.m. for 2:30 p.m. Commencement; 302 graduates.

College of Education: Students assemble at 4:30 p.m. for 5:30 p.m. Commencement; 279 graduates.

For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.