Stanford University

MCS Online Celebration 2021

Jun 13 2021

To all of our graduates of Mathematical and Computational Science program:


Department Virtual Celebration
In early April, the H&S deans reaffirmed that all H&S department and program commencement celebrations will remain virtual this year. Instead, our dept will be producing a celebratory pre-recorded video featuring those who wish to share a photo and heart-felt message (May 9th submission deadline). It will include guest speaker Brad Klingenberg ('12, Statistics), Chief Algorithms Officer, Daily Harvest (and former Stitch Fix CAO), messages from faculty, and slideshows of award recipients and graduates. We expect to make it available on this webpage on Friday, June 11. In addition we will post a PDF of our traditional graduation program pamphlet here on Monday, June 14, for you to share with your family and friends.

Please click here to view the Graduation Video.

Here is the program pamphlet. 

University Ceremony
Stanford looks forward to celebrating Commencement IN-PERSON (woohoo!!) at the main University ceremony in the Stanford Stadium. To ensure necessary social distancing, there will be two ceremonies: one for advanced degree candidates on Saturday, June 12, at 9:30 a.m. PDT and one for the senior class of 2021 on Sunday, June 13, at 9:30 a.m. PDT. Each graduate will be able to invite two guests. Both ceremonies will be live-streamed and recorded for those who are not joining in person.

Information about obtaining your diploma can be found at  Summer graduates usually receive their diplomas towards the end of autumn/beginning of winter quarter. Both spring and summer graduates should ensure that their mailing address has been updated in Axess. 

Cap and Gown
While no cap and gown is required for any part of the virtual celebrations, some of you may still like to order regalia so you can take pictures with/for your family. To order rental regalia visit the Stanford Bookstore Graduation Gear web page. The last day to order online is Monday, May 17, 2021. Orders will be available for pick up at the bookstore starting Tuesday, June 1. Open stock will be available at the bookstore starting Thursday, June 3.

BrightCrowd Digital Memory Book
We will be collaborating with H&S to provide a digital memory book. BrightCrowd is a simple means for students to celebrate their successes and connect with each other. This book will create a platform to help celebrate the graduation of our undergraduate and graduate students, and also allow graduating students to share memories from their time on campus and stay connected. You can expect a note from H&S in mid to late May about joining BrightCrowd.