Certain sunsetted on October 25, 2023 when the current contract expired. To replace Certain, Financial Management Services’ Office of the Treasurer (OOT) has partnered with University IT (UIT) to offer Cvent, an approved third-party robust events management platform at Stanford. Cvent is a new UIT service that provides a flexible, efficient, and modern events management solution for event planners on campus. With Cvent, you can host in-person, virtual, or hybrid events, provide branded event websites and registration forms, and use logic and event data to create unique experiences. (Originally published May 5, 2023)

Cvent launched as a replacement for Certain

Cvent was launched in July 2023 to allow Certain users enough time to transition. The first step of the rollout of Cvent was to help onboard users of the Certain events platform when the current contract expired on October 25.

To make this update as smooth as possible, the UIT Cvent project team is available throughout the entire process and provides a comprehensive set of resources to help users begin using Cvent. 

After Oct. 25, all access to Certain will become unavailable. This means you need to have all data and information saved and out of Certain before Oct. 25, if you would like to keep it for your records. If you need assistance, please contact Certain Support at @email.

Note: For event planners who are not currently using Certain or who may have event needs after October 25 or starting in 2024, stay tuned for opportunities to onboard Cvent later in the year once the initial migration has been completed.

UIT Resources


  • If you are only using Certain to collect payments, please contact the Office of the Treasurer to learn about payment-only collection solutions.
  • If you have any questions about this transition or need to begin managing fall events after July this year, please reach out to @email.
  • If you need assistance to export and save your historical event data from Certain event platform, please contact Certain Support at @email.
  • To stay up to date on important updates related to event management solutions, subscribe to the Merchant Services newsletter or check out the Merchant Community Forum Slack channel.
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