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Commencement

Commencement

Guest Admission Tickets

Candidates whose applications are approved for graduation will receive complimentary guest tickets for their commencement ceremony at Viejas Arena. Guest tickets are required for all guests ages one (1) year of age and older. Tickets will be distributed during GradFest in Montezuma Hall at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, March 20-22, from 9:30 a.m.-7p.m.  

GradFestGradFest Ticket Distribution

  • Date: March 20-22
  • Time: 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Location: GradFest, Montezuma Hall

SDSU RedID card or a valid, government-issued picture ID is required to obtain tickets. 

Ceremony Ticket Allotment

The ticket allotment by ceremony is as follows:

Arts and Letters: 6
Business: 7
Education/Undergraduate Studies: 10
Engineering: 12
Health and Human Services: 6
Professional Studies and Fine Arts: 6
Sciences:

Post-GradFest Ticket Distribution

Beginning Friday, March 23, students who did not claim tickets at GradFest can obtain them at the Viejas Arena Ticket Office. 

If a student does not claim tickets by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 4, the Ticket Office cannot guarantee a full allotment of commencement tickets.

Beginning Monday, May 7, the Ticket Office will distribute remaining tickets, if any are available, to any SDSU student with a valid RedID. These tickets will be distributed two-at-a-time on a first-come, first-served basis.

Proxy Ticket Distribution

Beginning at GradFest, March 20-22, and at the Ticket Office, March 23 through May 4, a friend or relative may claim tickets for graduating students who still live in San Diego but cannot come to the university to pick up their tickets. The student must complete the Proxy Ticket Request Form and the proxy should bring the completed form to GradFest or the Viejas Arena Ticket Office in order to pick up the graduate's guest tickets.  

Proxy ticket distribution will not be allowed during the additional ticket distribution date on Monday, May 7. On that date, additional tickets will only be given out to SDSU students who present a valid RedID. 

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Disability AccessDisability Access

Students must advise the Ticket Office representative at GradFest (or the Viejas Arena Ticket Office after GradFest) if any of their guests have difficulty walking up or down stairs. Tickets to accommodate those guests will be included in the maximum number of tickets available to each student.

Students must also advise the Ticket Office representative if they have guests who use a wheelchair. The student will be given a specific wheelchair ticket along with a companion ticket. The wheelchair and companion ticket will be included in the maximum number of tickets allotted. 

These tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. If a student does not request these types of tickets in advance, the Ticket Office cannot guarantee that any will be available on the day of their ceremony.

Mail Ticket Distribution

The Viejas Arena Ticket Office will only send tickets to students living outside of San Diego County. Students should complete the Commencement Ticket Request Form to request their tickets.

Viejas Arena Ticket Office
(619) 594-6947

Not on the Ticket List?

If a graduating student is not on the ticket distribution list or does not have an active application for graduation on file, the student should contact:

Office of Advising and Evaluations
(619) 594-6668

Contact Information For:
President's Office Special Events
presevents@mail.sdsu.edu