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Anthropology Diploma and Awards Ceremony

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The Department of Anthropology's Diploma and Awards Ceremony for 2021 is put on hold until further notice due to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic.

Please check back at a later time for further updates. Please refer to for the most updated information

Department Diploma and Awards Ceremony Information for Students:

The deadline to submit the Department Diploma and Awards Ceremony, Commencement Walkthrough Petition* ( is on or by May 15th. This form is used by a student who is not graduating in the Spring quarter, but who qualifies to ‘walk-through’ the department’s ceremony as if graduating (i. e. wearing robes, receiving a diploma cover and department recognition of the near-to-graduating status). This form is also used by the Department staff to include the name of an eligible near-to-graduating student in the Department program.

*Please note that the Walkthrough Petition is NOT a Stanford University Registrar application to graduate nor is it a petition to withdraw an application to graduate. For Spring Quarter Degree Conferral, all students must submit the University Registrar application to graduate via AXESS ( by the published deadline.

More information can be found at:

Please complete the petition form and return to the relevant Student Services Officer, either Tina Jeon, (50-51N) for graduating B.A or Co-terminal M.A. students or Shelly Coughlan, (50, 51G) for graduating Ph.D. students on or by May 15th.

The Department of Anthropology minimum requirements for student petition eligibility are as follows:
• B.A. students should have completed at least 160 units and confirmed faculty advisor approval.
• M.A. students should have completed at least 36 units and confirmed faculty advisor approval.
• Ph.D. students must have “ABD” status, TGR enrollment (Graduation Quarter Petition Submission if appropriate), and Dissertation Reading Committee Advisor approval.


Department Diploma and Awards Ceremony Information - General

LOCATION – The department ceremony will take place at the New Guinea Sculpture Gardens, located between Roble Drive and Lomita Drive at Santa Teresa Street.

TIME – Graduates and guests normally arrive from the main ceremony at 11:45am. Everyone should be seated by 12:15pm. The ceremony will begin at 12:30pm, and will last until approximately 1:30pm.

FOOD – The department will provide catered hors d’oeuvres and refreshments after the diploma and awards ceremony beginning at 1:30pm, directly following the ceremony.

PROCESSION – There is no procession at the beginning of the department ceremony. Graduates should be seated at the start of the program and, upon direction from a staff member, will rise when their name is called to receive the diploma.

GRADUATES SEATING – All graduates will be seated directly in front of the lecturn/podium. Graduates are seated in alphabetical order according to degree (Ph.D., M.A., B.A). Upon arrival at the Garden, please look for the chair with your name card on it. If you cannot find a chair with your name, find a staff member immediately.

DISABILITY-RELATED ACCOMODATIONS- If disability-related accommodation or access information is needed, please review the information located at

GENERAL SEATING/TICKETS – Tickets are not required and there is no reserved seating. The Department and Diploma and Awards Ceremony is open, festival-style seating 

CAP, GOWN, and REGALIA – Please order your cap and gown from Stanford Bookstore, or other entity by the published deadline. Regarding Regalia, the Social Sciences is represented by a White Hood

PHOTOGRAPHY – There will be no professional photography at the event, but photography during the ceremony is allowed.

NAME PRONUNCIATION – If a student is interested in providing information regarding their name and correct pronunciation, please use the NameCoarch function associated with AXESS

RESTROOMS AND ACCESSIBILITY – The Thornton Center (Terman Annex) is located at 379 Santa Teresa Street. Accessible restrooms are centrally located (by the elevator).


Stanford University Commencement Ceremony Information


-Commencement Speaker and Accessibility

-Live Ceremony Viewing Indoors

-Safety and Security – Clear Bag Policy, and