Class of 2020: May 24 and 25, Class of 2021: May 26 and 27

Announcement: Change of Venue and Guest Policy

On behalf of the Office of the President, we are excited to announce that CSUDH will be moving forward with hybrid Commencement programs for the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 at Dignity Health Sports Park's tennis stadium.

Each graduating student will now be allowed to bring two registered guests to Commencement. Please read the President's message below for full policy details.

Students must register by April 16 to participate.

Please note that the university will be following strict COVID-19 safety procedures. If health and safety guidelines at that time dictate that a hybrid ceremony is not possible to have safely, Commencement will instead be celebrated virtually.

Read the President's Message about the Guest Policy (April 6, 2021)

Dear Campus Community,

I am excited to announce a major development with our commencement ceremonies. Graduating students will be allowed to register up to two (2) guests to attend this year's Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021, taking place May 24-27. This new development is due to Los Angeles County moving into the Orange tier of COVID transmission rates and the university securing the use of Dignity Health Sports Park Tennis Stadium, as announced last week.

Graduates must first register their intention to participate in the ceremonies by April 16. This is a hard deadline, and no exceptions will be granted. We must have an accurate count of the students participating in order to proceed with planning the events; therefore no one will be allowed to register after the deadline. Students can register according to their class year through the following links:

  • Class of 2021 – Students who graduated in Fall 2020, or will graduate in Spring or Summer 2021: Register through your MyCSUDH Student Center

After the April 16 deadline, students will be sent information on how to register their two (2) guests. No exceptions will be allowed to the number of guests, no student can give their two guests minimum to another student, and only pre-registered guests will be allowed at the ceremonies. All events will continue to be live-streamed, so loved ones who cannot attend will still be able to tune in and watch from anywhere in the world.

We are also working diligently with the Department of Academic Affairs and Deans to ensure some limited faculty participation at each ceremony. Details will be shared with faculty when they are finalized.

Unfortunately, CSUDH’s various Cultural Commencement Celebrations will remain virtual this year, due to the lack of facilities at our disposal to host them in a manner consistent with public health protocols.

I remind the community that all of our Commencement plans are subject to approval by the relevant public health authorities, and will depend on CSUDH’s ability to host an event of this nature relative to public health requirements on the date of the event. It is possible that we will need to return to a more restricted event if COVID-19 rates climb again in April and May.

More details will be released as plans are finalized or approved. For now, it is impingent on Toro students who plan to attend Commencement to make sure that they register by April 16.

For more information, visit For questions not addressed on the webpage, please contact Ceremonies & Events at, or call Kim Larson at (310) 243-3236, Estela Melendez at (310) 243-3337, or Marilyn McPoland at (714) 336-2638.


Thomas A. Parham

Celebrate at Home

CSUDH has produced Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 lawn signs for families to print and display at home. The PDF size is 24x18 inches.

Class of 2020 lawn sign [PDF]

Class of 2020 lawn sign with crop marks (for professional printers) [PDF]

Class of 2021 lawn sign [PDF]

Class of 2021 lawn sign with crop marks (for professional printers) [PDF]

Frequently Asked Questions (Updated for 2021)

Can family and friends attend the Commencement ceremonies?

Yes. Graduating students can now bring two guests to Commencement. No exceptions will be allowed to the number of guests, no student can give their two guests minimum to another student, and only pre-registered guests will be allowed at the ceremonies. 

Information about how to register guests will be sent to graduating students after April 16.

Will it be safe for me to attend the ceremonies?

All CDC, state and local health and safety guidelines will be strictly followed and enforced to ensure the safety of those in attendance. Face coverings are mandatory at the ceremonies.

How do I register for Commencement?

A step-by-step guide for graduates is available on the How to Participate page.

How can I get all the information I need for Commencement?

Students should attend Commencement 101 webinars.

Visit the FAQ page for the full list of FAQ.

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