Degree Completion Info

Applying to Graduate

  • First, confirm that you are eligible to graduate with the department
  • Log into your account
  • Click on the Student Center Link
  • Select your Expected Graduation Term
  • Verify that your degree information, address, and name are correct
  • Click Submit Application - You will immediately see a confirmation message that you have successfully applied
  • Go back to your Student Center and pay your graduation fees online

Graduation Application Deadlines

Receiving Your Diploma/Degree Conferral

  • The process of conferring degrees starts 2 weeks after final grades for Campus students are due (see Academic Calendar for current dates)
  • The process takes approximately four to six weeks after the conferral process begins
  • To request certification of completion prior to the conferral of your degree for the purpose of employment, continuing education, etc., please submit a Request For Graduate Certification to the Office of Admissions & Records along with the required fee

Commencement Ceremony

  • CSUDH has one ceremony per year, which is held in May
  • Students must Register for commencement, registration is free
  • Students graduating in Fall, Spring, Summer of the current Academic Year may participate in the ceremony
  • Graduate students are not eligible for honors as all graduate students must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA

Graduation vs. 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, also referred to as "Conferral" of your 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.