Degree Completion Information

Degree Completion Info

Submitting the graduation application through your student portal

  1. Confirm that you are eligible to graduate in your intended semester with the department
  2. Log into your portal
  3. Click on the Student Center Link
  4. In the My Academics section, select "other academics" from the drop down menu.
  5. Select "Apply for Graduation" and choose the correct semester/session
  6. Verify that your degree information, address, and name are correct
  7. Click Submit Application - You will immediately see a confirmation message that you have successfully applied
  8. Go back to your Student Center and pay your graduation fees online

*Note: Students who incorrectly choose the final semester of attendance will have to submit change of graduation date forms to the Department. When students do not apply for the correct semester, it may create registration holds and incur additional fees.

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.