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June 13, 2022
Photo on left: senior student holding rock with fossils in front of '22 Class Plaque (credit: Stanford News Service); Photo on right: graduates seated in Stanford Stadium for 2022 Commencement (credit: Don Feria, Stanford News Service)

Stanford Traditions: Commencement & Class Plaques

We just celebrated the Classes of 2020 and 2022 over the weekend! It is always especially meaningful for the members of the Approaching Stanford Team to welcome each class to Stanford and then to bid them farewell from the stadium field at Commencement.
One of our favorite Commencement traditions is the Class Plaque, where seniors add mementos to a time capsule under their class plaque. Every Stanford graduating class, dating back to the Class of 1892, has a class plaque placed in line along the arcades of the Main Quad. When you arrive to the Farm, you can visit your class plaque hanging at the Arrillaga Alumni Center where it will be on display for the next few years until it takes its place in the Main Quad. See what this year's seniors tucked under their class plaque!
Check out Stanford Commencement Weekend highlights, including videos from the Wacky Walk (another unique Stanford tradition) and keynote speeches given by Commencement speakers France A. Córdova, '69, and Reed Hastings, '88. In closing to the 2020 graduates, Dr. Córdova noted, “Wherever you end up, you will put a unique stamp on that profession – there is only one ‘you,’ so bring all of yourself to whatever you choose to do.”
We can't wait to see what you will explore and do as you find your own path here at Stanford.

Approaching Stanford Forms & Housing Application

We hope you've found your way to Approaching Stanford and have looked through our materials, noted the summer timeline, gained an understanding for what you'll need to do to prepare for Stanford, and introduced yourself to the transfer cohort in SlackThis week, we'll be sending you a small Approaching Stanford Mailing to your mailing address as listed in Axess. 

Approaching Stanford Forms 

If you haven't started yet, please log in to ensure you have access to your Approaching Stanford Forms & Housing Application, which require Two-Step Authentication. Complete these required forms at your own pace and submit them by June 30. Give yourself a couple of hours, work on them in any order, just save as you go.

Office Hours for Transfers

Wednesday, June 15: 12-1pm PDT | Zoom Link (Transfers Virtual Lounge)
Week of June 20 TBD: Transfer Undergrad Housing
Have questions or need clarification before submitting your forms? Join Approaching Stanford staff in the Transfers Virtual Lounge for Office Hours. At this informal session, staff can answer your questions and provide assistance and additional information. Please note that office hours are open to all transfers (and not as individual appointments), and we'll take questions from the group on a first-come-first-served basis. You're welcome to join, listen to your peers' questions, and work on your forms together!
To join, please download and install Stanford Zoom. Virtual sessions this summer through Approaching Stanford will require that you log in to Zoom using your Stanford account.
Log in to your Approaching Stanford Forms

Medical Housing Accommodations

If you think you will need a medical accommodation for your housing assignment this fall, please contact the Office of Accessible Education (OAE) and, if appropriate, register by June 15 for a housing accommodation (or as soon as possible after June 15). 
Examples of housing accommodations are: carpet removal, room location on the first floor, installation of strobes and lights, need for a single room or private space, room location near single-user restroom, emotional support animal, and more. To learn more about the Office of Accessible Education, academic and/or housing accommodations, and the registration process, please visit: oae.stanford.edu/students.
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