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University commencement is one of the biggest events in the academic world.

Students receive the long-awaited reward for their hard work and dedication to getting their degrees, marking a vital steppingstone in a person's life.

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Celebrate The Class Of 2024

Join us and celebrate our commencement for the class of 2024 on May 20th and 21st. Our commencement includes the College of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of Education & Health Sciences, and the College of Pharmacy.

Monday, May 20th, 6:00 pm:  College of Osteopathic Medicine

Tuesday, May 21st, 10:00 am:  College of Pharmacy
Tuesday, May 21st, 6:00 pm:  College of Education and Health Sciences

Thursday, May 23rd, 1:00 pm: Medical Health Sciences (MSMHS)
The MSMHS Commencement Event will be at Lander Hall Auditorium

About The Venue


Sacramento Memorial Auditorium (aka SAFE Convention Center)
1515 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Venue Requirements:

    • The doors to the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium will be open one hour prior to the start of each ceremony for ticket holders.
    • Only ticket holders are permitted into the venue.  Note: While a guest ticket may have a seat assignment on it, please inform your guests that all seats are general admission.  There are no assigned seats in the audience except for those reserved for graduates and their guest hooders/commencement escorts.  
    • Due to enhanced safety and security protocols, all ticket holders must pass through security and metal detectors prior to entering the venue.  Please arrive early to ensure you have enough time to complete the security process.  Representatives from the venue’s security firm, Touro University California’s Public Safety, and the Sacramento Police will be on site to help assist with the security of all ceremonies.
    • Any bags brought into the venue must be smaller than 6”x8”x1” and clear bags must be smaller than 12"x12"x6".  Please know that all bags are subject to inspection.
    • No posters or signs of any type are permitted in the venue.
    • We respectfully ask that no balloons, air horns, or similar items be brought into the venue.  Ticket holders who have these items will not be permitted entrance.
    • Clear, unopened water bottles or empty clear water bottles are permitted in the venue.
    • In compliance with Touro University’s Commencement Policy, students are only permitted to wear the official Touro University academic regalia provided to them.  Students may also wear earned academic honor cords or cords issued by the University for Veterans of the U.S. Military.  Students are not permitted to add any decorations, flowers, or embellishments to their commencement robes and caps. 
    • Masks are highly encouraged.  No proof of vaccination, nor recent negative COVID test are required.
    • We plan to begin our program on time and ask that all guests take their seats upon arrival.


For requests or concerns about specific accommodations please contact Pedro Martinez

Ticketing Information

All guests will need a ticket to attend the ceremony except for small children who will be carried or will sit on someone’s lap. Your graduate will provide tickets.

Travel Information

Venue Parking

There are many close parking garages, parking lots, and street parking near and around the venue in downtown Sacramento. Utilize to familiarize yourself with the parking options around the venue.

Nearby Airports

In order of closest miles away from the venue:

    • SMF Sacramento International Airport is 11 miles away
    • OAK Oakland International Airport is 91 miles away
    • SFO San Francisco International Airport is 99 miles away
    • SJC San Jose International Airport is 117 miles away

Sacramento Visitor Information

The following links provide more information about hotels, restaurants and things to do when in Sacramento.

About The Regalia & Mace

Meaning of the Regalia

The most obvious and visible part of a commencement is graduation regalia, which enhances the experience and builds ties with a tradition that reaches back nine centuries. Today, it's hard to imagine any graduation without regalia and special graduation attire that symbolizes graduate status and has a strict set of rules depending on the type of diploma given.

Most of the academic regalia traditions in the United States were carried over from Europe. But they have also evolved in subtly different ways across different educational institutions.  Academic regalia first developed when universities started forming in the 12th and 13th centuries. Students and teachers typically wore clerical clothing because the Christian church was highly influential at this time. Many professors were priests, monks or clerics and their students were usually studying to do something similar. Historians believe scholars wore long robes and hoods to keep warm in the unheated buildings on their campuses.

The significance of the hood dates back to Celtic Groups and Druid priests who wore capes with hoods that symbolized higher intelligence and authority.  While medieval universities initially inspired the academic dress, the first recognized schools that officiated graduation attire were Oxford and Cambridge. By 1321, they “forbade excessive apparel” in universities requiring everyone to wear long gowns during ceremonies to create unity.

The graduation hat has changed throughout the centuries and with many variations. The most prevalent style is the mortarboard cap which is worn with the bachelor and master graduation gowns. These caps are believed to have been developed in the 15th century evolving from hats known as birettas used by Catholic clerics, scholars, and professors. The origin of the biretta dates back as far as 1311 in Christian churches.  Black velvet tam with a golden tassel are worn those with and receiving doctoral degrees.

In addition to the differences in head wear, three stripes (chevrons) on bell shaped sleeves indicate that the wearer has a doctoral degree. Master gowns have no stripes on their oblong sleeves that are cut in an arc shape in the front.  Certificate, associate, and bachelor degree recipients wear gowns with long pointy sleeves.

A hood indicates that the wearer has a higher academic degree than a Bachelor degree. Typically, the hood is black with the exposed inside (lining) representing the colors of the institution where the degree was earned.  The narrow strip on the collar part (band) of the hood indicates the discipline of the degree the wearer has earned.  The hood length also reflects the degree earned, 3’ for masters and 4’ for doctoral hoods.  

Each discipline has their own band color:

Agriculture - Maize
Arts, Letters, Humanities - White
Commerce, Accountancy, Business - Drab
Dentistry - Lilac
Economics - Copper
Education - Light Blue
Medicine - Green
Music - Pink
Nursing - Apricot
Oratory (Speech) - Silver Gray
Pharmacy - Olive Green
Philosophy - Dark Blue
Physical Education - Sage Green

Engineering - Orange
Fine Arts, including Architecture - Brown
Forestry - Russet
Journalism - Crimson
Law - Purple
Library Science - Lemon
Public Admin, including Foreign Service - Peacock Blue
Public Health - Salmon Pink
Science - Golden Yellow
Social Work - Citron
Theology - Scarlet
Veterinary Science – Gray

About The Mace

The academic mace is a long staff generally constructed of wood, metal and gemstones.  These devices are descended from war clubs that were carried in medieval times by the bodyguards of civil officers.  As time progressed, they became symbols of royal authority.  The earliest maces were carried by sergeants at arms in England in the early 12th century.  Today the academic mace is used for formal university occasions when participants and in their full regalia and is a symbol of the authority vested in the university by its governing bodies, including is Board of Trustees, university leadership, Faculty Senate, and accrediting bodies.  It also symbolizes the shared governance of the university administrative leadership and faculty.  Finally, it is an important reminder of the transformative power of education and the educational process.

Touro California Mace

Touro University’s mace is made from a 42 inch walnut staff with a lantern and flame at the head of the mace to symbolize the enlightenment of knowledge and the education process.  Each of the four faces of the lantern contain the university seal.  The handle is made with a spiraling pattern with three silver bands.  This represents the progressive journey through the educational process to the ultimate goal illustrated on the mace head.

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