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We warmly welcome you and your student to the Stanford Family!

On Tuesday, September 14, 2021, President Marc Tessier-Lavigne will welcome new students and their families to Stanford at the 131st Opening Convocation Ceremony, the formal inauguration of the academic year. Together with their new classmates, your student will participate in celebrating the beginning of Stanford's New Student Orientation at this time-honored tradition, held this year in Frost Amphitheater.

We invite all families to share this experience with your student by watching the Convocation Ceremony with us via livestream at

131st Opening Convocation Ceremony
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT | Frost Amphitheater

For families visiting Stanford, each student may invite up to two guests to join us at this in-person event held outdoors. To protect the health and safety of our Stanford community, guests must adhere to Stanford's Visitor Policy and be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival onsite.

Guest tickets are required to attend Convocation. Tickets must be reserved in advance. We do not plan to offer tickets on the day of the event. The deadline to reserve tickets was Friday, September 3. We have reached venue capacity and closed ticket orders. 

For entry instructions to Frost, please see Convocation Guest Instructions

Move-In: September 11-13, 2021

Each student may have two guests assist them in the residence during their move-in appointment. To protect the health and safety of our community, all guests must adhere to Stanford's Visitor Policy and may only be inside the residence during the student's move-in appointment.

After moving in, please walk around and enjoy our beautiful campus. We invite you to stop by the Family Welcome Booth, from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., in White Plaza. Download the Stanford Mobile app for a searchable campus map as well as other campus information including eateries, restrooms, and places of interest. 

NSO Events for Families on Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Parents and families are invited to campus for NSO events on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. In addition to the Opening Convocation Ceremony (tickets required), families may have lunch in the dining hall with their students and attend a small number of NSO welcome programs with our campus communities. Family members will be asked to wear NSO wristbands to indicate they are in compliance with the Stanford Visitor Policy.

For more, see NSO Events for Families

Diversity and Access Office

For disability-related accommodation requests or wheelchair access information for family members, please contact the Diversity and Access Office at (650) 725-0326 or


Approaching Stanford/NSO Team
For questions before your student's arrival to campus
(650) 723-7674

Stanford Parent & Family Help Line
For questions during the academic year
(650) 725-0649