Ceremony Information

Date: Friday, May 27, 2022
Time: 2 pm
Location: Soka Performing Arts Center

  • Tickets are required to enter the Performing Arts Center.
  • Performing Arts Center lobby doors will open at 12 noon. 
  • Doors to be seated will open at 1 pm.
  • No drinks or food are allowed inside the Performing Arts Center.
  • All guests must follow the Soka Performing Arts Center Safety Protocol. Please review guidelines, which include the most updated safety and masking protocol, the accessibility of the venue, and other information.
  • Campus will only be open to guests of graduating students. 
  • Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony outside of the Performing Arts Center.

Ticket Information

Guest admission to the Commencement ceremony is by ticket only. Other than graduating students, no other members of the SUA community can request tickets for guests. All guests must be seated by 1:45 pm.

Graduating students may request up to a maximum of five (5) tickets for their guests (the graduate does not need a ticket for admission). The Commencement ticket request survey is available to all graduates who have completed their “Intent to Graduate” form. Any special seating request such as wheel chair access or seating for children must be made at the time of ticket request. Children three years and under will not be able to attend the ceremony in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be either picked up by the graduating student at the Soka Performing Arts Center Box Office during the week of Commencement or be picked up by invited guests at will-call under the graduate’s name on the day of the ceremony. We strongly encourage students to use will-call to ensure guests receive their tickets. Will-call tickets left must be under a specific name matching the person picking them up with a photo ID for verification. Any name changes must be made by the graduating student and not a member of their party.

For younger guests who will not be comfortable sitting through a two-hour ceremony, family-friendly seating will be offered. Location will be announced at a later time.

Commencement Week Activities

Undergraduate Activities

Event Time Location
Undergraduate Appreciation Reception
This is a special night for undergraduate students to thank their parents or guardians for all their support and to share what they have learned while at Soka. The event will include a program hosted by the graduating class followed by a light reception (NOT a dinner reception). Open to graduating undergraduate students and two guests only. 
May 26, 2022
6:30 - 8 pm
Black Box Theatre
Sohokai Undergraduate Annual Alumni Meeting
New alumni members of the Class of 2022 are invited to attend the Virtual Sohokai Undergraduate Annual Alumni Meeting. This event is for alumni only. Alumni must RSVP to Alumni Services at Sohokai@soka.edu
May 28, 2022 TBA

Graduate School Activities

Event Time Location
Soseikai Graduate School Alumni Luncheon
This is a special luncheon sponsored by the Graduate School Alumni for the graduating graduate students. Subject to change based on COVID guidelines.
May 27, 2022
11:00 am - 12 noon
Ikeda 104-D (Graduate School Office)
Graduate School Friends & Family Reception
This is a special reception to honor the graduating graduate students, their friends, and family (Number of guests will be TBC) Subject to change based on COVID guidelines.  
May 27, 2022
5 - 7 pm
2nd Floor Founders Hall Art Gallery

Additional Information for Guests

Campus Tours

Dates: May 23 - 27, 2022
Place: Founders Hall Atrium
Time: 10 am and 2 pm

Campus tours will be provided for families of the graduates who will be visiting the university the days prior to Commencement. The morning tour begins at 10 am and the afternoon tour begins at 2 pm. Subject to change based on COVID guidelines.

Bookstore Hours

During Commencement Week

Mon-Wed: 10:30 am - 5:30 pm 
Thurs-Fri: 10:30 am - 6:30 pm 

Hotel Accommodations

There are no lodging accommodations on campus. However, family and guests can find nearby hotel information online.

Discounted Meal Tickets

Students may purchase discounted meal tickets for guests from Dining Services for $42. Each packet contains five meal tickets which can be used for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.


Parking is available on campus and maps of parking lots will be provided at the Main Gate by the Campus Safety upon request.


The Office of Development will be accepting donations at the following times and locations on Commencement Day:

9:30 am - 12 noon: Founders Hall 1st Floor
12:30 - 2 pm: Outside the Performing Arts Center (front entrance)
4 - 5 pm: Outside the Performing Arts Center (front entrance)

If you are on campus prior to Commencement Day and would like to make a donation, please go to the Founders Hall 1st Floor reception desk and ask for a representative from the Office of Development. We accept donations in cash, credit card, and checks. You can also make donations online at give.soka.edu. Thank you for your generosity.