Statistics, Data Science and MCS Diploma Ceremony 2023
Sunday, June 18th, 2023
Statistics and Data Science graduates and their families and friends are cordially invited to the department's Diploma Ceremony in Sequoia Hall Grove immediately following the University's stadium ceremony for the 2023 graduates. Our ceremony is a joint celebration with the Math and Comp Sci undergraduate program.
― Please note that the ground in Sequoia Grove is soil, leaves, twigs and mulch. We strongly recommend that you choose your footwear accordingly! ―
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 11:45am to partake in light refreshments before the ceremony begins
- Reception will start at 11:45am and end by 12:40pm.
- Grads and guests should be seated and ready for the ceremony's start by 12:45pm.
- The ceremony will last until approximately 2:30pm.
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.
Wheelchair Seating, Accessibility, and Other Services
Information about disability accommodations and special requests for Commencement weekend can be found on the main Commencement web site. Please note that the department does not have access to wheelchairs or golf carts, so these will not be provided at the department's diploma ceremony and reception sites. Guests are responsible for arranging their own transportation in and around the 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.
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 2023) must RSVP no later than May 1st.
Cap and Gown
Graduates can order your cap and gown online via Stanford bookstore starting March 7th.
The deadline for online ordering is Monday, April 17th. Online orders and open-stock will be available from the Bookstore lower level on Monday, June 5th. (Limited stock is available at the bookstore the day of graduation.)
Monday, April 17: Deadline to place regalia order for pick-up on campus.
Sunday, May 14: Deadline to place regalia order for shipping.
Thursday, June 1: Regalia order distribution at the bookstore.
PhD: Hood color: yellow/golden rod (Natural Sciences)
Contact Info: Herff Jones website or by phone at 1.800.837.4235
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 program/degree in the section. Upon arrival at Sequoia Grove, please 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.
If you or your family need accessible seating, please indicate how many seats you will need in the RSVP webform you will receive from your student services admin. There will be a marked section of chairs for guests with wheelchairs and their families on the left side facing the stage. Please check in with student services for the correct location of these seats.
Information about disability accommodations and special requests for Commencement weekend can be found at the Commencement web site. Please plan accordingly.
Letters of Invitation for Use by F-1 or J-1 Students
Students are advised to write their own invitation letters along with providing supporting documents.
The department ceremony will take place in the grove in front of Sequoia Hall located on Jane Stanford Way.
Graduates and guests generally arrive from the University's ceremony (stadium) at 11:30am. Everyone should be seated by 12:45pm. The ceremony will last until approximately 2:15pm.
General Seating and Ticket Information
Tickets are not required, and there is no reserved seating for your guests; We will have plenty of seating for your guests, however, they may wish to arrive early for best seat selection. The majority of seating is in the shade. Please note that the ground in Sequoia Grove is soil, leaves, twigs and mulch. We strongly recommend that you choose your footwear accordingly.
We recommend eating a proper meal prior to the University ceremony and bringing a water bottle and a snack for later. Light refreshments are provided immediately prior to the diploma ceremony, starting at approximately 11:45am. (Location: Sequoia Grove, in front of Sequoia Hall on Jane Stanford Way.)
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.
Wheelchair Seating, Accessibility, and Other Services
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. Information about disability accommodations and special requests for Commencement weekend can be found at the Commencement web site. Please plan accordingly.
Also available are additional commencement weekend details for parents, families and guests.
Restrooms are available in these nearby locations:
- Memorial Church (One restroom on each side of building.)
- Stanford Bookstore
- Tresidder Memorial Union
- Corner of Panama and Via Ortega
- Braun Geology Corner (parking lot side)
Parking for the main Commencement ceremony is available in the parking lots surrounding the Stadium. Please 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.
We recommend leaving your car near the stadium and walking to the department ceremony located in Sequoia Grove.
Do not leave valuables in your car.
If you are attending the ceremony in the stadium, 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.
- Commencement Weekend site:
- Information for Graduates
- Commencement FAQs
- Public Safety Clear Bag Policy
- Please submit your requests for University-level events disability-related accommodations no later than May 26, 2023. If you or your family need accessible seating for the department diploma ceremony, please indicate how many seats you will need in the RSVP webform you will receive from your student services admin.