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SDSU Commencement - Congratulations graduating class of 2015


Traditional Regalia

In observance of tradition, all participants in commencement ceremonies will wear full academic regalia, consisting of a traditional gown with SDSU medallion and a mortarboard with red and black tassel. All master’s degree candidates will wear black tassels. Doctoral candidates will wear gold tassels.

Postgraduate Candidates

Postgraduate candidates will also wear hoods lined with the university colors of red and black. In addition, colored velvet stripes will indicate disciplines. The hood is worn with the long point of the shell to the rear. SDSU bachelor’s degree candidates do not wear hoods.


Full academic regalia for all bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree candidates will be available for purchase at GradFest, March 22-24 from 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. at Montezuma Hall in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union.

For pricing information, visit the GradFest website.


GradNite, held on Thursday, April 21 from 5-7 p.m., is a special grads only event at the SDSU Bookstore with special offers, games, prizes and free food. GradNite tickets are free and only available at GradFest.


Honors Designations

Graduation with honors is granted to undergraduate students who achieve high grade point averages. Excellence is recognized at three levels:

  • Cum laude (3.50-3.64)
  • Magna cum laude (3.65-3.79)
  • Summa cum laude (3.80-4.00)

For determination of eligibility, two grade point averages are computed; both must satisfy the minimum grade point average for appropriate honors designation. They are the GPA calculated on all units taken at this institution (a minimum of 24 graded units), and the overall (cumulative) grade point average (including both SDSU and transfer units).

Only summa cum laude students will be awarded an honors cord to be worn during the commencement ceremony. Students will be notified via letter by the Office of the Provost on when and where they are to pick up the summa cum laude honors cord.