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Commencement Freeze Starts in June

University IT supports annual effort to ensure smooth commencement for students
Thursday, May 18, 2017

In keeping with Stanford’s commitment to ensure everything flows smoothly for our students before and during commencement, University IT supports the annual commencement freeze, which starts June 3.

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, University IT will be rigorous about not making any changes that could interrupt the campus IT infrastructure, phone systems, and  Axess and PeopleSoft applications and related services. Likewise, we will not alter core services, such as email and calendar, WebAuth or WebLogin, and two-step authentication.

This year, commencement will be on Sunday, June 18. Accordingly, the campus-wide commencement freeze dates are Saturday, June 3 to Monday, June 19.

No changes to any systems will be made during this time to prevent affecting 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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