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Attendance Policy

Faculty will monitor attendance for all students and maintain attendance records in the University's learning management system.  Students' overall grade for the term may be impacted for students who do not maintain regular attendance and participation in their courses.

In the Psychology programs the minimum attendance requirement is 80% for the other non-psychology programs it's 70%.  All students must meet these minimum attendance requirements.

International Students: 
Students must maintain minimum 70% attendance each quarter.  Students who fail to maintain attendance may result in termination.

Why does the University get involved in voter registration?

The 1998 reauthorization of the federal Higher Education Act and the State of California Donahoe Higher Education Act include a requirement that higher education institutions make a “good faith effort” to make mail voter registration forms available to all enrolled students. This federal and state legislation supports the campus’s long-standing goals of engendering leadership and citizenship among the student body.

Am I eligible to register to vote?

In order to register to vote you must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of California, and at least 18 years of age at the time of the next election.

To register to vote, click here: register online to register to vote. 

Voter Registration Deadline

The deadline to register or re-register to vote for any election is 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the 15th calendar day before that election.

If this deadline has passed:

  • You can submit an application and it will be processed for future elections.
  • You have the opportunity to “conditionally” register to vote and vote provisionally at your local county elections office. Contact your local county elections official for more information or visit Conditional Voter Registration.

If you recently registered online, please wait at least 24 hours before checking your registration status.

What You Will Need

To register online you will need

  • Your California driver license or California identification card number,
  • The last four digits of your social security number and
  • Your date of birth.

Your information will be provided to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to retrieve a copy of your DMV signature.

If you do not have a California driver license or California identification card, you can still use this form to apply to register to vote by completing the online interview by 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the 15th calendar day before an election.

Summer Quarter 2017 Important Dates

  • Class Schedule available through the portal on June 5, 2017
  • On-campus Registration: Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. beginning June 5, 2017 through July 17, 2017
  • All International Students must register on campus on or before July 7, 2017, in order to avoid possible I20 termination.
  • First Day of class: Week of July 10, 2017  (Please double check your schedule)
  • Required New Student Orientation for students taking courses onsite: Friday, July 7, 2017 (subject to change)
  • Tuition Due: On or before Friday, July 7, 2017
  • Late Registration: July 10-17, 2017  (Late Registration Fee: $100)
  • Last day to add and drop courses: July 17, 2017
  • Last day of the term: Sunday, Sept 17, 2017

Commencement Information

Deadline to apply for your diploma/graduate: Closed for Spring 2017.  
To graduate in Fall and order your diploma for Fall:  November 1st
To graduate in Winter and order your diploma for Winter:  February 1st
To graduate in Spring and order your diploma for Spring:  May 1st

**deadline has passed.  Please consult with the Registrar.
Deadline to apply to participate in Commencement: MAY 1, 2018
**deadline has passed.  Please consult with the Registrar.  After May 18, 2017 - no guarantees on your cap & gown order.
Deadline to order your Cap & Gown: MAY 10, 2018

Location:  Sofia University - Large Auditorium (1069 E Meadow Circle in Palo Alto, CA).  Free Parking

We ask that you arrive at Sofia by 9:00 am on this day, dressed in your gowns. There is no space to dress and store valuables.   We suggest you lock your valuables (purse, camera, etc…) in your car for safe keeping during the ceremony or hand them to your guests/family to hold for you.  The auditorium will open for family and guests at 9:30 am, with the ceremony will begin promptly at 10:30 am; light reception will follow. 

Once you arrive at Sofia, please look for a Sofia volunteer who will direct you to the area where all graduates will gather prior to the ceremony.  Please be prompt since we will start taking group and individual photos shortly after your arrival and there will be no retakes by the photographer.

Length of ceremony:  The ceremony is approximately 1.5-2 hours.

RSVP your Guests:  Each graduate attending Commencement may invite up to ten guests. Please reserve a seat for your guests on our Eventbrite link, click here.

Commencement is a celebratory time to reflect on student's accomplishments, along with their fellow classmates and their guests. We request that guests stay for the entire duration of the ceremony out of respect for all our graduates, their parents, families and guests.

Graduates and guests with mobility, hearing, or other disabilities that require special accommodations should contact Ms. Rosalie Cook ( by  JUNE 1, 2017 (or sooner) to make an accommodation request.





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