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Frequently Asked Questions

How long is commencement? 

  • Hayward Ceremony: 2.5 - 3 hours. 
  • Concord Ceremony: 1 - 1.5 hours. 

Can we bring food or drinks? 

  • No alcohol, coolers or glass bottles are allowed. 
  • Limited food options are sold at the ceremonies for guests. 
  • Have something in your system prior to the Concord and Hayward ceremony. 
  • For those that have children or family members with medical issues, please bring provisions (if necessary). 

How many tickets do we receive?

  • Each graduate will receive approximately 13 tickets. Please see our Tickets Page for more information. 

Do I need a parking permit? 

Are there special accommodations? 

  • Graduates and guests with mobility, hearing, or other disabilities that require special accommodations should submit the Commencement Accommodations for Students and Guests with Disabilities form or contact Accessibility Services at 510-885-3868, or by email at to make an accommodation request. Click Here to Learn More

What am I not allowed to bring? 

  • Prohibited items include: alcohol, smoking/vaping, pets, coolers, glass bottles, BALLOONS, weapons.
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