Everything You Need to Know About SDSU Commencement 2022 | NewsCenter

11,229 graduates will be celebrating this week and many of them will be participating in one of eight ceremonies starting Thursday at SDSU Imperial Valley.

This week, more than 11,200 San Diego State University degree candidates, including SDSU Imperial Valley and Global Campus students, have the opportunity to graduate from student to proud SDSU alumni as part of the Class of 2022.

In San Diego, the commencement ceremony returns to Viejas Arena for the first time since 2019.


Ceremonies by college

SDSU Imperial Valley

Location: Rollie Carillo Quad

Thursday, May 12, 2022

7 pm Imperial Valley

SDSU Main Campus

Friday, May 13, 2022

9:30 am College of Sciences

3 pm College of Arts and Letters

Saturday, May 14, 2022

8 am Fowler College of Business

1 pm College of Health and Human Services

5:30 pm College of Engineering

Sunday, May 15, 2022

9 am College of Education and Faculty Advancement and Student Success (IS3D)

2 pm College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts

View ceremony broadcast / online


For graduates

Valid ID Required

Due to stringent security measures, all students participating in commencement are required to present their SDSU RedID card (preferred) or a valid, government-issued picture ID in order to be admitted to Viejas Arena.

Students who do not bring valid ID to Viejas Arena will not be allowed to participate in commencement.

Viejas Arena Assembly

Please check the schedule of commencement ceremonies for the appropriate date and time.

Assemble in Lot 13, across from Parking Structure 12, north of the arena.
Arrive at least 45 minutes before the processional start time, unless otherwise noted for your college. See Ceremonies by College.

College representatives will help to organize you in the correct processional line according to your major.

Commencement Tradition

By tradition, the commencement ceremony may include a processional, introductions, awards, a speaker and a recessional. Music for the processional and recessional will signal the beginning and end of the ceremony.

The processional, led by the grand marshal carrying the college banner, and directed by faculty marshals, will enter the commencement site from one or two directions, providing a colorful view of candidates and faculty in their full academic regalia. After arriving at your seat, please remain standing until the grand marshal signals you to sit.

The ceremony will typically continue with a welcome and instructions from the dean of the college, followed by the recognition of outstanding candidates. SDSU President Adela de la Torre will confer the degrees. Following closing remarks by the dean, the grand marshal will lead the recessional of graduates and dignitaries from the commencement site back to the assembly area. The commencement ceremony will last about two hours.


Family and Guests

Find helpful information for families and guests, such as where to stay and special travel discounts.

Guests should allow plenty of time to park and find their seats. You may want to arrive to campus early and walk the campus grounds and take photos of your graduate at their favorite campus landmarks.

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