Anthropology Diploma and Awards Ceremony 2023-2024

General Information

LOCATION – New Guinea Sculpture Gardens, located between Roble Drive and Lomita Drive at Santa Teresa Street.

TIME – Graduates and guests begin to arrive to the main ceremony venue from 11:45am. The ceremony will begin at 12:30pm and will last until approximately 1:30pm.

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. 

FOOD – The department provides catered food and refreshments after the diploma and awards ceremony beginning at 1:30 pm, directly following the ceremony.

PROCESSION – There is no procession at the beginning of the department ceremony. 

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

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

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

Regarding Disability-Related Accommodations and Services, for disability-related accommodation or wheelchair access information, please submit a request for accommodation to by the published deadline.

For Graduating Students

Undergraduate & Graduate Students please complete the following:

  1. Review Stanford Graduation Resources
  2. Check in with Student Services Manager/Officer 
  3. Apply to Graduate on Axess by April 12, 2024
    1. Late Application to Graduate June 7, 2024 ($50 Fee)

WALKTHROUGH PETITION - For students who have a delayed conferral of degree but wish to walkthrough in the Spring Diploma and Awards Ceremony, the deadline to submit the Commencement Walkthrough Petition form is May 15, 2024. Fill out and send via email to the Student Services Officer (Undergraduate Students) or Student Services Manager (Graduate Students).

The Department of Anthropology’s minimum requirements for approval of a student’s Commencement Walkthrough Petition form 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.

*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. 


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

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

GRADUATES SEATING – All graduates will be seated directly in front of the lectern/podium. Graduates are seated in alphabetical order according to degree (Ph.D., M.A., B.A). Upon arrival to 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.