The doors to Petco Park open at 12 p.m. Graduates and guests can enter and exit through the following gates at Petco Park: Gaslamp Gate, Home Plate Gate, and Park Blvd. Gate.
12 p.m. – Gates open
1:15 p.m. – Graduate staging area opens
1:30 p.m. – Graduates are escorted from the staging area to the field
1:45 p.m. – Graduates must be in their seats on the field
2 p.m. – Ceremony begins
4 p.m. – Ceremony ends
When you arrive at Petco Park, ushers will direct you to the grad staging area. There, you will gather by school (you can find the name of your school in the ticket database where you request your tickets). As a group, you will then be escorted onto the field to your school's section.
At your seat, you will need to complete an info card for attendance and photography purposes.
You will then cross the stage, where your picture will be shown on the JumboTron as you receive your certificate of participation. Your actual diploma will be mailed to you approximately six weeks after your conferral date (degree posting date).
If you are an undergraduate student with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, or a graduate student with a 3.85 GPA or higher at the time of commencement, you are eligible to wear a silver honors tassel. There will be a tassel table near check-in, where you can exchange your blue tassel for a silver tassel. (If you receive the silver tassel for honors, it does not officially mean that honors are awarded. Official honors will be determined by your GPA once all coursework for the degree has been completed.)
Please bring with you to the ceremony:
- Entrance tickets for the graduate and all guests (printed tickets are required to enter Petco Park.)
- Maps and parking information (provide copies for your guests too)
- Graduate students: cap, ironed gown, tassel, and hood
- Undergraduate students: cap, ironed gown, tassel, and stole
Meeting up with your Guests
For the best Commencement experience, we recommend that you meet up with your guests after the ceremony at a pre-designated location. The best meeting places will be towards, or outside of, the exits.
You can help make Commencement green by recycling items such as water bottles and programs.