Commencement

Grad Celebration Week from May 11-15

Without a doubt, Commencement is the most important event of the academic year, and not celebrating this milestone in our seniors’ lives is something no one wants to imagine. We understand that seniors and their families are planning now and would like an answer.

Until further notice, the in-person Commencement ceremonies and celebrations scheduled for May will be postponed until the end of 2020 or until 2021. We will provide more details as soon as possible.

However, the university has organized a recognition week from May 11-15 in order to virtually celebrate the Class of 2020. Expand the dropdown menu below for the full week's schedule

Grad Celebration Week Schedule

We have gathered videos together from the CSUDH Community in order to show how much this huge accomplishment should not go unrecognized.

This week will include a series of videos streamed through our CSUDHTV YouTube page and interactive activities on the CSUDH and Commencement Instagram pages: @csudominguezhills & @csudhcommencment. Be sure to turn on your notifications!

Monday, May 11

9:00 AM- Dance-Off Challenge:& We're kicking off everyday of the week with a dance competition between your favorite CSUDH Staff. View the CSUDH Instagram story and vote who did It best!

9:30 AM- Senior Selfies: Download some of our awesome Zoom background and tag @csudominguezhills and @csudhcommencement to share! Keep an eye on our Instastory for your campus selfie. Zoom backgrounds can be found here.

10:00 AM- Game Time: Screenshot our Instastory post of our This or That game! Circle your preferences, tag three friend, and post your responses to your story. Be sure to tag @csudominguezhills and @csudhcommencement to share!

11:30 AM- Asian & Pacific Islander Celebration: Join us as we share a message from the Asian & Pacific Islander Planning Committee.

1:30 PM- Athletic Shoutouts: Join us as we share a message from the athletic department coaches to our senior students.

3:30 PM- A message from your ASI President: Join us as we share a message from your ASI President, Christian Jackson

Tuesday, May 12

Welcome to Toro Tuesday

Once a Toro, always a Toro! We wanted to show our support and how much we are all in this together. Be on the look out for congratulatory messages from people in our community such as our vendors, Dignity Health Sports Park, the City of Carson, and many more congratulating the Class of 2020!

Show your toro pride by posting a picture in your DH gear using #ToroPride2020. Be sure to tag @csudominguezhills and @csudhcommencement for us to share!

9:00 AM- Dance-Off Challenge: Don't forget to cast your vote for your favorite DH Staff on our DH daily Dance-Off challenge.

10:00 AM- Douglass-Bethune Celebration: Join us as we share a message from the Douglass-Bethune Planning Committee.

10:30 AM- A message from California State Senator and CSUDH alum Steven Bradford

11:30 AM- Special Message: Tune in to our Instastory and YouTube channel for a special congratulatory message!

Wednesday, May 13

9:00 AM- Dance-Off Challenge: Don't forget to cast your vote for your favorite DH Staff on our DH daily Dance-Off challenge.

9:30 AM- Game Time: Screenshot our CSUDH Bingo card on our Instastory and mark off your college experiences! Tag two friends, and post your responses to your story. Be sure to tag @csudominguezhills and @csudhcommencement to share!

10:00 AM- Show off your Masters!: Are you a graduating masters student? Upload a short 10 second video to your Instagram of a special person congratulating and hooding you. Be sure to use #MasterToros2020 and tag @csudominguezhills and @csudhcommencement for us to share!

10:30 AM- Dolores Huerta Celebration: Join us as we share a message from the Dolores Huerta Planning Committee.

11:00 AM- CSUDH Cheer Team: Join us as we share a message from the CSUDH Cheer Team.

12:00 PM- Don't Rush Challenge with guest appearance

1:00 PM- CSUDH Dance Team: Join us as we share a message from the CSUDH Dance Team.

2:00 PM- Class of 2020 Senior Social: Seniors can join a zoom call hosted by the Office of Student Life. Graduating seniors that register will receive a $15 Amazon gift card. Be sure to RSVP through Torolink. 

Thursday, May 14

9:00 AM- Dance-Off Challenge: Don't forget to cast your vote for your favorite DH Staff on our DH daily Dance-Off challenge.

9:00 AM- Throwback Thursday: Share photos of your first memories on campus to your Instagram account! Be sure to use #csudhtbt2020 and tag @csudominguezhills and @csudhcommencement to share!

9:15 AM- President's Opening Remarks: Join us as we share a message from President Thomas A. Parham.

10:00 AM- Faculty Congratulatory Message: Join us as we share a few messages from faculty to honor the College of Business Administration and Public Policy, College of Arts & Humanities, and College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing graduates.

11:00 AM- Student Speaker: Join us as we share a message from our student speaker for College of Business Administration and Public Policy.

12:00 PM- Alumni Advisory Board Message: Join us as we share a message from the CSUDH Alumni Advisory Board.

1:00 PM- Student Speaker: Join us as we share a message from our student speaker for College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing.

2:00 PM- Student Speaker: Join us as we share a message from our student speaker for College of Arts & Humanities.

2:30 PM- Student Photos: Senior images shared with us via dropbox will be uploaded to Youtube in order to individually recognize our seniors.

Friday, May 15

9:00 AM- Dance-Off Challenge: Don't forget to cast your vote for your favorite DH Staff on our DH daily Dance-Off challenge.

9:15 AM- President's Opening Remarks: Join us as we share a message from President Thomas A. Parham.

9:30 AM- Game Time: Screenshot our Fill in the Blank card on our Instastory and fill in your Dominguez Hills favorites! Tag three friends, and post your responses to your story. Be sure to tag @csudominguezhills and @csudhcommencement to share!

10:00 AM Faculty Congratulatory Message: Join us as we share a few messages from faculty to honor the College of Natural & Behavioral Sciences, College of Education, and College of Extended and International Education graduates.

11:00 AM- Student Speaker: Join us as we share a message from our student speaker for College of Natural & Behavioral Sciences.

12:00 PM- Alumni Advisory Board Message: Join us as we share a message from the CSUDH Alumni Advisory Board.

1:00 PM- Student Speaker: Join us as we share a message from our student speaker for College of Education.

2:00 PM- Student Speaker: Join us as we share a message from our student speaker for the Class of 2020 Master Graduates.

2:30 PM- Student Photos: Senior images shared with us via dropbox will be uploaded to Youtube in order to individually recognize our seniors.

4:00 PM- To our seniors: Join us as the Office of Ceremonies & Events would like to share a message to the Class of 2020.

*Be sure to use the appropriate hashtags and tag us if you would your images to be shared! @csudominguezhills and @csudhcommencement

Please join us in the Grad Celebration Week for the Class of 2020!

Celebrate at Home

2020 Lawn Sign PreviewCSUDH has produced a Class of 2020 lawn sign 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]


Frequently Asked Questions (Updated for COVID-19)

Can I get a refund of the $85 graduation fee?

The $85 graduation fee is for costs associated with completing your degree. It is not a commencement fee and therefore is non-refundable.

If we moved the 2020 Commencement to 2021, would we be combining it with the class of 2021?

No, we would still have individual ceremonies just for the class of 2020.

I signed up for a cultural graduation that has been cancelled. Can I get a refund of the registration fee?

Yes, the university is currently working on refunding your registration to the credit card that was used for the purchase. We hope to have this completed within the next couple of weeks.

How can I buy my graduation sash?

You may send your sash order requests to either 0886gm@follett.com or jlandaverde@csudh.edu. View the sash options online [PDF].

Can I return my Commencement-related items for a refund?

The University Bookstore is waiting until the university reaches a final decision regarding when Commencement will take place. Until that happens, the Bookstore will not be issuing refunds. For more information, please contact the University Bookstore at bookstore@csudh.edu.

Is consideration being made to reschedule Commencement for summer or fall?

Rescheduling in summer or fall would depend on a number of factors that are out of our control, including:

  • Venue availability
  • Assumption that we will be able to congregate large crowds by then.

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