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Learn more about the ceremony by attending Commencement 101!

(NO registration is required to attend Commencement 101.)

Commencement 101 Schedule:

April 9, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Loker Student Union, Ballrooms A & B

April 15, 2019 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Loker Student Union, Ballroom C

April 24, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Loker Student Union, Ballroom C

April 29, 2019 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Loker Student Union, Ballrooms A & B

May 6, 2019 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Loker Student Union Ballroom

May 9, 2019 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Loker Student Union Ballroom

If you cannot attend Commencement 101 at any of the scheduled dates, a downloadable PDF version of the presentation can be found here.

The 2019 Commencement Handbook [PDF] is also available for download.


Frequently Asked Questions

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 2019 Commencement ceremonies?

In order to be eligible to participate in Commencement, students must be a degree candidate for Fall 2018, Spring 2019, or Summer 2019.

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 2019 Commencement.

Is parking free?

Yes, parking will be free in the Campus and Dignity Health Sports Park (formerly StubHub Center) 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 March 4 & 5, 2019. 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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