How to Participate

Participating in the Ceremony

Step 1: Apply for Graduation

Each prospective graduate must apply for graduation. The graduation application is available online via MyCSUDH Student Center portal. The graduation fee is due 48 hours after submission and payment can be submitted online, by mail or dropped off at the Cashier’s Office dropbox (no cash accepted, must include student ID on the check).

More information about applying for graduation is available on the Graduation Application web page. Please direct any additional questions regarding graduation procedures to the Office of Records and Registration at (310) 243-3645.


Step 2: Register for Commencement

All undergraduate and graduate students who apply for graduation during the fall, spring, or summer of the current academic year are eligible to participate in spring Commencement exercises. In order to participate in the spring Commencement exercises, you must register your intent by completing the online Commencement Participation form. Students can access this form in the MyCSUDH Student Center portal. Simply login to your MyCSUDH account and look for the "Commencement Participation" link located in the "Important Student Links" box in your Student Center. The deadline for registering is April 15.


Step 3: Attend Commencement Fair & Commencement 101

The CSUDH Commencement Fair is an opportunity to get all of the essentials for commencement including cap, gown, and tassel (which are required for the ceremony). Additional commencement items such as honor cords, invitations, announcements, class rings, and CSUDH gear will also be for sale.

When: March 1-2, 2021 | Time TBD
Where: Virtual Online Fair | More information to come

Can't make Commencement Fair? Check out the Online Commencement Store for more information on how to purchase these items online.  

Commencement 101 is a virtual informational seminar that provides you with all the information you need to prepare for your walk across the stage. It is held several times each year, so prospective graduates should be able to find one that fits their schedule. 

Commencement 101 Schedule - via Zoom webinar

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 | 11:00 am | Register here

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 | 4:00 pm | Register here

Thursday, April 8, 2021 | 1:00 pm | Register here

Monday, April 19, 2021 | 2:00 pm | Register here

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 | 3:00 pm | Register here

Thursday, May 13, 2021| 4:00 pm | Register here


Step 4: Attend Your College Commencement Ceremony

Graduating students participating in the Commencement Ceremonies will arrive 60 minutes before their ceremony to Lot 17, just north of Parking Lot 6.

Note to Graduates

  • Please arrive at the assembly area in cap and gown.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Graduates will not process in but will sit alphabetically by major and last name. The areas will be clearly marked with signs.

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