Frequently Asked Questions*

*Information and dates subject to change. 

Not at all! We welcome all newly admitted fall 2022 first-year, transfer and graduate students and their families.
Yes, we will have a livestream option for the event. Students and families will be able to join the livestream on SDSU’s website, or on SDSU’s Facebook account. 
The Facebook livestream will be available after the event if you would like to watch the recording. 
We kindly request that you RSVP to help us plan a successful ceremony. To RSVP, please use the Google form 
There is no cost to attend this event. 
You will only be invited to attend one ceremony, based on your student's college/major. Thank you for your cooperation as this will ensure there is enough seating for all new students and families. 
If all spaces are claimed for one or both ceremonies, the Office of New Student and Parent Programs will start a waitlist. If spaces are claimed by or before August 10, students or families can contact us at [email protected] to be added to the waitlist.
Please contact the Office of New Student and Parent Programs via phone, 619-594-1509 or email us at [email protected].
The colleges in each ceremony were chosen for those ceremonies based on historical participation numbers and seating capacity.  To ensure that we remain within these levels of capacity, we cannot accommodate these requests.
Your reservation will be assigned depending on the major you were admitted to SDSU for fall 2022. Seating in Viejas Arena is general admission (no assigned seats), so if the other college is in the same session, you may sit in that college section. 
Seating is assigned to specific sections based on the student’s college. In those sections, seating is general admission, so your family may sit anywhere in that assigned section. SDSU Ambassadors will be there to greet you and help you find a seat. 

New Student and Family Convocation participants should park in Parking Structures 3, 4, 7, or 12. You will not be ticketed if you park in student (S) or faculty/staff (F/S) spaces. Do not park in "Special Permit" or red zones. Park in handicapped spaces only if you have the appropriate permit.

  • Parking 3 is east of College Avenue, behind the residence halls.
  • Parking 4 is close to the east side residence halls.
  • Parking 7 is near University Towers Residence Hall.
  • Parking 12 is near Chapultepec and Huaxyacac Residence Halls. 
Yes, you can avoid driving and parking if you take the San Diego Trolley to SDSU. (Note: SDSU is on the green line.)
We offer special discounts on hotel accommodations through our hotel partner, Bartell Hotels.
The ceremony will be less than 60 minutes, however we request that families arrive 30 minutes earlier than the start time to be seated before the ceremony begins. At the end of the ceremony, students and guests will be dismissed in an orderly fashion.

New Student and Family Convocation is the official welcome for all new SDSU students and families. President de la Torre, SDSU leaders and parents give a special welcome to the newest members of the SDSU community. Students are presented to the dean of their college, and receive a pin signifying their new connection to SDSU. Parents and families will also be welcomed and will participate in a parent pinning ceremony.

Viejas Arena is an indoor venue.Dress is casual. Attendees are encouraged to wear SDSU gear. Please wear comfortable shoes, hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen. 
Students and their family members will be seated by college in specific sections noted on their tickets. Students who are undeclared will be seated in the "Undergraduate (Undeclared)" section.
Concessions will be selling water and soft drinks. There will be no food sold at the ceremonies.
Students and/or guests needing to request disability-related accommodations should contact Tracy Tanga with the Student Ability Success Center at [email protected] by August 10, 2021. To view the accommodations offered by Viejas Arena, please visit:
Yes! We will have two interpreters on the stage. Please email [email protected] to request seats closer to the stage. We will also provide live captioning that you can view on your mobile device. The link will be provided on the screen at the ceremonies.
No, pets will not be permitted to enter Viejas Arena. The only exception is a service animal.
No, facial coverings will not be required during the ceremony. 
Proof of COVID-19 vaccine will not be required for students and families to attend based on CDPH guidelines for large events.


Attendee acknowledges an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any place where people gather. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. Attendee shall assume all risks, hazards, and dangers arising from or relating in any way to the risk of contracting a communicable disease or illness — including, without limitation, exposure to COVID-19 or any other bacteria, virus, or other pathogen capable of causing a communicable disease or illness, whether that exposure occurs before, during, or after the event, and regardless of how caused or contracted — and Attendee hereby waives any and all claims and potential claims against the State of California, the Trustees of the California State University, San Diego State University, Associated Students of San Diego State University and all of their officers, employees and agents — and against any companies affiliated with the State of California, the Trustees of the California State University, San Diego State University, Associated Students of San Diego State University and all of their officers, employees and agents — relating to such risks, hazards, and dangers.

*Information and dates subject to change.