Learn more about the ceremony by attending Commencement 101!

Be sure to attend a virtual Commencement 101 meeting in order to learn about all things commencement.

Frequently Asked Questions

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. It has been decided that there will be no official registration process for your commencement guests. If you have registered for Commencement, you will be allotted two guest passes when you check in on the day of your ceremony. Please note that children, regardless of age, are required to have a pass and are inclusive of the two allotted guests per student.

Where will the Commencement ceremonies take place?

The ceremonies will take place in the Dignity Health Sports Park tennis stadium, and will be livestreamed.

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.

When is the deadline to apply to participate in the Commencement ceremonies?

The deadline to submit the participation form is April 16.

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 regalia (cap, gown, etc.).

Who is eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremonies?

In order to be eligible to participate in Commencement, students must be a degree candidate for Fall 2019 or 2020, Spring 2020 or 2021, or Summer 2020 or 2021.

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 aloud.

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 all CSUDH lots.

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 virtually on March 1 and 2. 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 16 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 one major for the ceremony.

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