Stanford University


Due to the increasing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and likelihood that prohibitions on large gatherings will remain in place by later this spring, this year's Commencement Ceremony may not take place in its traditional form.

The University has not reached a decision about how commencement will take place. Please refer to the Commencement Information pages for updates.

Diplomas on a table

Mathematics Diploma Ceremony

Graduates and their family and friends are cordially invited to the Mathematics diploma ceremony following the University’s ceremony. The diploma ceremony is a joint ceremony with the Mathematical and Computational Science (MCS) and Statistics departments.

General Information

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The diploma ceremony will take place in the oak grove between Sequoia Hall and Sloan Hall (Math Corner). Restrooms in
Sequoia Hall will be open from 11:00am to 3:00pm on Sunday.

Arrival Time

We ask that guests and graduating mathematics majors head to the diploma ceremony immediately following the main ceremony in the stadium that ends at 11:30. Please be seated by 12:20. There will be light refreshments available before the diploma ceremony.

Seating and Ticket Information

Tickets are not required, and there is no reserved seating for guests. There will be plenty of seating, however, guests may wish to arrive early for best seat selection. The majority of seating is in the shade.

Wheelchair Seating, Accessibility, and Other Services

There will be a marked section of chairs for guests with wheelchairs and their families to sit. Upon arrival, please have your graduate check-in with their student services officer, Gretchen Lantz or Elizabeth Kay. Information about disability accommodations and special requests for Commencement weekend can be found at Please plan accordingly.

For Graduating Mathematics Majors


All graduates (autumn, winter, spring) and “walks” (summer) must complete our webform regardless of whether you intend to participate in the Diploma Ceremony. You will receive an email with the webform in spring quarter.

Cap and Gown

You must wear a cap and gown to walk in the ceremony. Beginning March 12 you can order your cap and gown online via Stanford bookstore.

The deadline for ordering is Friday, April 30, 2018. Online orders and open-stock will be available from the Bookstore lower level on June 8. (Limited stock is available at the bookstore the day of graduation.) Please contact the Stanford Bookstore with any questions at (650) 329-1217, ext. 8329.

Seating for Graduating Students

All graduates will be seated alphabetically by program/degree in the section on the right side facing the stage. Upon arrival at the grove, please look for the “RESERVED FOR GRADUATES” sign and locate your name. If you cannot find a chair with your name, find your student services officer immediately and let her know.

For Guests


There will be no professional photography at the event, but there will be a photography area to the left of the stage. We politely ask that you leave the photography area once your graduate has walked across the stage so that other guests may have the opportunity to take photos.


We highly recommend eating prior to the University ceremony and also bringing snacks to eat throughout the morning. The department will provide light refreshments before the diploma and awards ceremony. Food will be available to guests at 11:15 up until the start of the ceremony at 12:30pm.

Contact Information

Please contact the student services office with any additional questions or concerns you may have.

Asma Gaba