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2018 Commencement Freeze

University IT supports annual effort to ensure smooth commencement for students
Monday, May 7, 2018

In keeping with Stanford’s commitment to ensure everything flows smoothly for our students before and during commencement, University IT (UIT) supports the annual commencement freeze. This year’s commencement freeze starts May 21 for PeopleSoft and June 2 for non-PeopleSoft changes.

For more than a decade, the University Registrar has requested a commencement freeze to keep the campus environment as stable as possible. This ensures that commencement-related activities are not interrupted by planned or unplanned outages.

As in previous years, UIT will be rigorous about not making any changes that could interrupt the campus IT infrastructure, phone systems, Axess and PeopleSoft applications, and related services.

This year, commencement is on Sunday, June 17. Accordingly, this year's campus-wide commencement freeze dates are:

  • For PeopleSoft changes: Monday, May 21 through Friday, July 6
  • For non-PeopleSoft changes: Saturday, June 2 through Monday, June 18

No changes to any UIT systems will be made during this time that could affect commencement activities.

IT changes to local school and unit systems should be postponed until after commencement. Emergency changes to fix existing problems and restore service should still move forward.

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