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Stanford's 112th Commencement begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, June 15, at Stanford Memorial Stadium with the student processional known as the Wacky Walk. The formal ceremony follows at 10:00, with a keynote address by Peruvian President and Stanford alumnus Alejandro Toledo. The program concludes at noon.

All media representatives planning to cover the event must register with the News Service in advance. Please provide full name, title, news organization, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address to Grace Evans by phone at (650) 723-2558, fax at (650) 725-0247 or e-mail at

Freelance reporters and photographers should fax or e-mail a letter from the news organization for which they will be working along with the information listed above. They will be required to bring a valid photo ID to the News Service at 425 Santa Teresa Street on Thursday, June 12, or Friday, June 13, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to secure a temporary press credential.

Please note that a valid press credential either from Stanford News Service or an established news organization will be required for access to designated parking.

PARKING: Media parking will be in Lot 2, which is off El Camino Real. Heading south on El Camino, make a right at Sam McDonald Mall just south of Galvez Street. There will be limited parking for broadcast trucks in the TV Compound via Galvez Street and Nelson Road, space permitting. Broadcasters wishing to park there should contact Jack Hubbard, associate director of the News Service, at (650) 269-4113 in advance and should plan to arrive no later than 7:45 a.m. Sunday.

PRESS CHECK-IN: Media should enter the stadium at Gate 3, which will be designated for press only. Media access to the stadium floor will be at the field entrance marked S-SS. Mult boxes will be set up at the front of the stage. Access to the press area will close at 9:30 a.m.

In addition to the main ceremony, the other Commencement activities that are open to the press* are listed below:  

Saturday, June 14:

9:30 a.m.

Baccalaureate Celebration, Inner Quadrangle

Speaker: Bryan Hehir, president of Catholic Charities USA

10:30 a.m.

Dedication of Senior Class Plaque, Inner Quadrangle  

11:30 a.m.

Class Day Luncheon for seniors and their families, Ford Center Plaza

Speaker: Gerhard Casper, Stanford law professor and former university president

*Due to limited space, media seating cannot be guaranteed. Press arrangements are subject to change. All bags will be subject to search.




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