2024 Department Diploma Ceremony: Statistics, Data Science, and Mathematical & Computational Science

Sunday, June 16th, 2024

Statistics, Data Science, Math and Comp Sci and the first graduating cohort from the Data Science major cordially invite family and friends to the department's Diploma Ceremony in Sequoia Hall Grove immediately following the University's stadium ceremony for the 2024 graduates.

General Information


The diploma ceremony and reception site will be located in the Sequoia Grove on Jane Stanford Way (in front of Sequoia Hall).


Students and their families/guests should make their way to Sequoia Hall by 11:30am.

  • Reception will start at 11:30am.
  • Ceremony will start by 12:30pm.
  • The ceremony will last until approximately 2:30pm.

General Seating and Ticket Information

Tickets are not required, and there is no reserved seating for guests. Guests may wish to arrive early for best seat selection. The majority of seating is in the shade. Planning for anticipated weather is a best practice!

Note that the ground in Sequoia Grove is soil, leaves, twigs and mulch. We strongly recommend that you choose your footwear accordingly!

Accessibility, and Other Services

Stanford University is committed to ensuring its facilities, programs and services are accessible to everyone.

If you or your guests need a disability-related accommodation or wheelchair access to campus events please submit the Request for Disability-Related Accommodations form no later than May 24, 2024.

Further information about accommodations during Commencement weekend is provided by the Office of Special Events & Protocol.

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. Please plan accordingly.

The department does not have access to wheelchairs or golf carts, so these won't be provided at the ceremony and reception site. Guests are responsible for arranging their own transportation around campus. Your graduate can request accessible seating for the diploma ceremony through the RSVP (Google) form sent to them via email. PhD graduates should email the department's Student Services Manager directly.

Diploma Ceremony Reception

We recommend bringing a few light snacks and water bottles for your family. Light refreshments will be provided at approximately 11:30am, prior to the start of the event. There will be signage designating the reception area. Guests are welcome to take their refreshments back to their seats.

We ask for everyone's cooperation with removing all trash and recyclables before leaving the ceremony site.


There will be no professional photography at the event but there is a small area on the exit side of the stage for photography. As a courtesy to all other graduates and guests, we ask that you return to your seat once your graduate has crossed the stage to allow other guests the opportunity to take photos of their graduate.


Portable toilets will be available throughout the campus. Restrooms are available at these nearby locations:


We recommend leaving your car near the stadium and walking to the department ceremony at Sequoia Grove afterwards.

Parking for the main Commencement ceremony is available in the lots surrounding the stadium. Note that some lots require a permit. Parking for guests with state-issued or temporary disabled parking permits is available in the Varsity Lot. Shuttle service on campus and to/from Caltrain will be available.


Commencement officials are implementing a new policy to provide a safer environment for the public and expedite entry into Stanford Stadium. This policy limits the size and types of bags permitted. Items must be carried or fit into a permissible bag.

Do not leave valuables in your car!

For Graduates

Regardless of whether you intend to participate in the diploma ceremony, all graduates (Autumn, Winter, Spring) and "cgates [at] stanford.edu (walkthroughs)" (Summer or Autumn 2024) must RSVP no later than May 1st (link to be updated March 2024) .

Cap and Gown

Graduates can order their cap and gown online via Stanford bookstore starting March 5th.

  • April 17th: Deadline to place regalia order for pick-up on campus.
  • May 13th: Deadline to place regalia order for shipping.
  • June 3rd: Regalia order distribution at the bookstore.
  • June 16th: Limited stock is available at the Bookstore the day of graduation.

Online orders and open-stock will be available from the Bookstore lower level from June 6th to June 16th

PhD Hood Color: yellow/goldenrod (Natural Sciences)

Herff Jones Contact Info:

Graduate Seating

Students participating in the diploma ceremony will be seated in a section to the right of the stage. All graduates will be seated alphabetically by last name grouped by program/degree in the section. Upon arrival at Sequoia Grove, look for the "RESERVED FOR GRADUATES" sign and locate your name within your designated major/program. If you cannot find a seat with your name on it, let your student services officer know immediately.


Updated: March 2024