College graduation is one of the greatest accomplishments in life. Unfortunately, the number of tickets given to each student varies, so oftentimes every family member may not be able to attend the momentous ceremony.
San Diego State graduation ticket allotment depends entirely on which college the student is graduating from. For example, the College of Arts & Letters graduates received six tickets each, while each College of Engineering student received 12. Therefore, the ticket disbursement depends entirely on how many students applied to graduate from each college.
“I’m graduating from the professional studies and fine arts college so I only received six tickets. I think having even just two extra tickets would have been great so I didn’t have to be so selective with my guests,” criminal justice senior Kelley Vallecillo said.
Currently on Craigslist there are SDSU students selling commencement tickets ranging from $5 to $50 each. There have been fliers around campus of students asking for more tickets.
For graduate students, it is slightly easier to obtain the desired amount of tickets. Var Cummings, a graduate student from the College of Education, received 10 tickets.
“Surprisingly there are several graduate students who opt not to participate in the ceremony, or don’t have as many family members attending as undergrads. Plus it’s our second or third time doing this thing, we’re kind of over all of the hoopla,” Cummings said.
According to Cummings, he had a classmate who only needed two of her tickets and gave the rest to him free of charge.
SDSU Manager of Media Relations, Gina Jacobs, said that there was a commencement meeting held with all the coordinators of the colleges and when issues arose, graduation ticket allotment was not one of them.
“It is not up to the commencement coordinators to determine the number of tickets students receive. It depends entirely on how many graduates are from each college. Students will have the opportunity to pick up extra tickets soon,” Jacobs said.
SDSU is a large university, and has a limited amount of space inside Viejas Arena. Beginning next Monday, students will be able to wait in line and obtain two more tickets, from their respective colleges until all seats are filled.