Frequently Asked Questions

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.

How do I register for Commencement and what is the deadline?

A step-by-step guide for graduates is available on the Graduation Requirements page. The registration deadline is April 15.

Is there a fee to participate in 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 2023, Spring 2024 or Summer 2024.

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

Students are highly encouraged to attend Commencement 101.

Commencement 101 Schedule: LSU Ballroom C

  • Tuesday, April 9 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 15 at 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, April 23 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, April 29 at 4 p.m.
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 27 & 28 in the University 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.

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.

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.

Where will the Commencement ceremonies take place?

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

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.

Is parking free?

Yes, parking will be free in all CSUDH lots.

Commencement on Social Media: