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Graduation Commencement Information

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Petition to Graduate/Program Information

Registration with the College of Engineering and Computer Science 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 prior to April 25th, 2016.

Commencement Ceremonies - Spring 2016

Date: Saturday, May 21st, 2016

Location: Sleep Train Arena, 1 Sports Pkwy, Sacramento, CA 95834

Parking Fee: $15.00 Cash Only - This venue cannot accept any other form of payment

Doors Open: 11:30 AM. Arrive early. Ceremony begins at 12:30 PM

***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.***


Caps and Gowns

Caps and gowns are available through the Associated Students Office, 3rd Floor of the University Union. Telephone 278-7916.

The cost is as follows:

Undergraduate [Bachelor's Degree] $36.00 – includes cap, gown and tassels

Graduates [Master's Degree] $58.25 – includes, cap, gown, tassel and Master's hood

Disability Services

For the graduate:

Graduates with disabilities who need special accommodations should contact the ECS Dean's Office at 916.278.6366 or 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 arena's video screens.

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

Grad Fest

Don't forget to drop by the Grad Fest for your one-stop shopping for all things commencement. Visit GRAD FEST 2016 for more information.

Graduation Pictures

GradImages® will be at the commencement ceremony taking professional pictures that students may choose to purchase later. See the flyer for more info: GradImages flyer

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I order announcements?
You can order announcements online by visiting Balfour at or by using Balfour’s toll free number, (877) 225–3687.

Do I need to sign up for Graduation?
Students need to sign up to participate in the ceremony. Fill out the Graduate Commencement Sign Up Form.

Will my name be in the printed Commencement Program Book?
If you filed your petition to graduate in the Spring 2016 ceremony according to the correct deadline, your name will be included. Our College is not responsible for the printed program. Please note: Signing up to walk does not guarantee that your name will be printed in the Commencement program.

Will my name be read out loud at the Commencement Ceremony?
YES! All students who attend the Commencement Ceremony will have their names read out loud by a Faculty Presenter from the College of Engineering and Computer Science. When you arrive, there will be a card on your seat for you to fill out. Please be sure to print your name clearly on the card and provide a phonetic spelling if your name is difficult to pronounce.

How do I know if I am receiving Academic Honors? And if I am, how do I get my Honor Cord?
For recognition of graduating with honors at commencement ceremonies, a qualifying GPA must be met before the semester in which ceremonies are held. If a student subsequently improves his/her GPA, honors at graduation will be posted on the official academic record and the diploma. However, the student will not be able to acquire an honor cord for the commencement ceremonies. Honor cords will be available at the ASI cashier window after March 1 for those bachelor’s degree candidates who quality for University Honors with a cumulative CSUS grade point average of 3.5 or higher (excluding extension).

What kind of hood am I supposed to get with my academic regalia?
The hood is included in the academic regalia for students earning MA, MS, Ed.S., and Ed.D. degrees. Students earning the BA or BS degrees or post-baccalaureate credentials do not wear hoods with their academic regalia.

How many guests may I invite?
Students may invite as many guests as they wish. If you have guests and/or family members who are in wheelchairs or require special seating, please contact the ECS Dean's Office at 916.278.6366 or

Where can I park?
Ample parking is available at Sleep Train Arena.

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