FAQ

Learn more about the ceremony by attending Commencement 101!

All Commencement 101 meetings have been postponed until further notice.

If you cannot attend Commencement 101, you can download the 2020 Commencement Handbook [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.

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.
When is the deadline to apply to walk in the Commencement ceremonies?

The deadline to fill out the participation form and walk in the Commencement ceremonies is April 15th.

Is there a fee for the ceremony?

No, there is no fee for the Commencement Ceremony. If you have paid the Graduation Fee when filing for graduation, the commencement is included. You will only need to purchase your cap and gown at the CSUDH Bookstore.

Who is eligible to participate in the Spring 2020 Commencement ceremonies?

In order to be eligible to participate in Commencement, students must be a degree candidate for Fall 2019, Spring 2020, or Summer 2020.

How long will each ceremony last?

The length of each ceremony will depend on the number of participating graduates. It is anticipated that each ceremony will last two hours or less. Out of respect for all participants, graduates must stay throughout the entire ceremony and must remain seated unless otherwise directed by commencement staff.

Will graduates be individually recognized?

Yes, we will continue the well-established tradition of having each graduate's name read while they walk across the stage to receive a congratulatory handshake and get a photograph taken with the president.

How many tickets do I get?

Tickets are not required for 2020 Commencement.

What hotels are nearby?

For your convenience, below is a list of hotels close to the CSUDH campus

Courtyard L.A.
Torrance/Palos Verdes (CSUDH Partner Hotel)
2633 Sepulveda Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90505
Phone: (310) 533-8000
Visit Courtyard L.A. Palos Verdes Site

Courtyard L.A.
Torrance/South Bay (CSUDH Partner Hotel)

1925 West 190th Street
Torrance, CA 90504
Phone:(310) 532-1722
Visit Courtyard L.A. South Bay Site

Residence Inn Los Angeles
Torrance/Redondo Beach (CSUDH Partner Hotel)
3701 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: (310) 543-4566
Visit Residence Inn Torrance Site

DoubleTree Hotel
2 Civic Plaza
Carson, CA 90745
Phone:(310) 830-9200
Visit DoubleTree by Hilton Carson Site

Ayres Hotel
Hawthorne/Manhattan Beach/LAX

14400 Hindry Avenue
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Phone: (310) 536-0400
Visit Ayres Hotel Site

Holiday Inn Torrance
19800 S. Vermont Avenue
Torrance, CA 90502
Phone: (310) 781-9100
Visit Holiday Inn Torrance Site

Miyako Hybrid Hotel
21381 South Western Avenue
Torrance, CA 90501
Phone: (310) 212-5111
Direct: (310) 781-3971
Visit Miyako Hybrid Hotel Site

Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach
3635 Fashion Way
Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: (310) 316-3636
Visit Torrance Marriott Site

Is parking free?

Yes, parking will be free in the Campus and Dignity Health Sports Park lots.

Where is Handicap Parking?

Lot #10 (west side of Dignity Health Sports Park) and Lot #6 (east side of Dignity Health Sports Park) are for disabled guests with handicap placards. A drop-off location is available at the Dignity Health Sports Park entrance. Enter through Gate A.

Is Dignity Health Sports Park wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the Dignity Health Sports Park Tennis Center is completely accessible by wheelchair for guests or graduating students. For graduating students in wheelchairs, staff and/or volunteers will be available to assist them to the appropriate staging area. Please go to the Student disAbility Resource Center tent upon arrival. The university does not offer wheelchairs or reserved seating.

What is the difference between Graduation and Commencement?

Graduation and Commencement are two different terms. Graduation means actually finishing and completely fulfilling your degree requirements, resulting in a diploma. In other words, graduation is the technical obtainment of credits to receive a degree. Commencement is the symbolic ceremony marking the closing of your academic career, where you receive commendation for your hard work at CSUDH. It is an opportunity for you, your family, friends, and the CSUDH community to celebrate your accomplishment.

What is Commencement Fair? Do I have to attend?

Commencement Fair is a one-stop opportunity to fulfill your graduation needs. It will be held on February 24 & 25, 2020. It is held inside the Campus Bookstore. It is strongly encouraged that you attend this event, but it is not mandatory. While at Commencement Fair, students will be able to:

  • Receive information about their graduation ceremony
  • Pre-order a cap and gown
  • Purchase graduation announcements, class rings, diploma frames, and other grad-related items
  • Join the Alumni Association
  • Learn about and contribute to the Senior Class Gift
Where do I order my cap and gown?

You can pre-order your cap and gown during Commencement Fair, but will also have an opportunity to order online through Herff Jones.

How do I obtain information about my diploma status?

Diplomas are not issued at the Commencement exercises. The process of conferring degrees takes approximately four to six weeks, and begins two weeks after grades are submitted at the end of the term.

Can I decorate my cap?

It is completely acceptable to decorate your cap. Please be respectful when decorating your cap, but have fun. Please note that your graduation gown should not be decorated.

What are honors?

To be recognized with academic honors, you must have a qualifying GPA prior to the semester in which ceremonies are held. If you subsequently improve your GPA, graduation honors will be posted on the official record and diploma. You will not, however, be able to acquire an honor cord for the Commencement ceremonies. Graduate students are not eligible for honors. To find out if you are receiving academic honors or to purchase an honors cord, please check with the University Bookstore at (310) 243-3829.

How do I verify that my name will be in the printed Commencement program?

If you applied for graduation prior to the April 15 deadline, your name will be printed in the Commencement program booklet.

I have two majors. Can I walk with both?

Unfortunately, you cannot walk in both departments. You will need to choose which major you want to walk with at the ceremony. You will walk across the stage when the major you choose is called.


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