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.