Biology Department Commencement Celebration 2023

The 2023 Biology Department Diploma Ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 18th at 12:30 p.m.  Pre-ceremony refreshments will be served starting at 11:30.  Tickets are not required.


For Graduates


Our diploma ceremony takes place in the courtyard of the Bass Biology building (Nolop Bass Biology Courtyard), following the commencement ceremony at the stadium. The majority of the seating will be under a canopy for your family and friends, but some seating is in full sun so hats and sunscreen are recommended.


Our reception begins at 11:30 am with a light buffet. There will be a vegetarian option.

We ask that you be in your seats at 12:20 pm, the ceremony starts promptly at 12:30.  We anticipate that the ceremony will end by 2:00pm.

Attendance & Name Pronunciation

Whether or not you plan to confer your degree this Spring, you must RSVP if you intend to participate in the Biology Diploma Ceremony.


Questions can be sent to Patricia Ayala Macias at ayalamac [at] (subject: Commencement%20Questions) (ayalamac[at]stanford[dot]edu).

Undergrad RSVP Form due Friday, May 26, 2023

Coterm MS and PhDs:

Questions can be sent to Lorena Rodriguez at lorenar3 [at] (subject: Commencement%20Questions) (lorenar3[at]stanford[dot]edu).

Coterm RSVP Form  &  Ph.D. RSVP Form due Friday, May 26, 2023. 

Co-term MS RSVP

Biology PhD RSVP

Important Deadlines: Application to Graduate

  • Saturday, March 4, 2023: Application to graduate available in Axess.

  • Friday, April 14, 2023 (5:00 p.m. PT): Application to graduate deadline.
    Applications received after deadline will be assessed a $50 late fee.

  • Friday, June 2, 2023 (5:00 p.m. PT): Late application to graduate deadline
    No applications will be accepted after this date.

  • Graduation Application Instructions

Cap & Gown

  • Monday, March 7 – Cap & Gown ordering website goes “Live”
  • March 7 & 8, 10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m. - Grad Fair at the Stanford Bookstore
  • Monday, April 17 – Student/Faculty online cap & gown pre-order deadline for campus pickup
  • Sunday, May 14 – Last day for students to order for home delivery  
  • Tuesday, June 1 – Pre-order cap & gown distribution begins (Stanford Bookstore lower level)
  • Monday, June 5 – Open stock distribution begins (Stanford Bookstore lower level)

Have questions? Visit or email the Stanford Bookstore at stanford [at] (stanford[at]bkstr[dot]com).

Note: To guard against continuing delays in the supply chain, we recommend you place your order as early as possible.

Order Now!

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