Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for graduation?

Log into my.CSUDH.edu and click on the Student Center link. Find the Apply for Graduation link. Select your Expected Graduation Term. Verify that your degree information, address, and names are correct. Then click Submit! The Application for Graduation costs $85.00 if you are applying within the deadline. If you are applying during the late deadline period, an extra $15.00 fee is added to your account. Fees must be paid within 48 hours of submitting the application.  

When should I apply for graduation?

All students should apply for graduation no later than the dates below. Bachelor degree candidates are encouraged to apply for graduation if they have earned at least 90 semester units or have less than 10 courses left to complete. 

Degree Conferral Term 

Apply for Graduation 

Apply for Graduation with Late Fee 

Fall Semester 

January 1 - July 1 

July 2 - September 15 

Spring Semester 

April 18 - October 1 

October 2 - December 14 

Summer Session 

November 1 - February 1 

February 2 - April 15 


How do I check the status of my graduation application?

Students should login to my.CSUDH.edu to review their Academic Requirement Report. The Academic Requirement Report will indicate what the status of your graduation application is and any outstanding degree requirements you may have. If you have further questions on how to review your Academic Requirement Report, please contact your major advisor and/or university advisor.           

Why does the Graduation Evaluation show I need the courses in which I'm currently enrolled?

The graduation evaluation reflects all courses outstanding including those in progress. Course requirements are not met until final grades are assigned.

I received my Associates degree from a Community College. Why are you holding me for General Studies requirements?

The Associates degree is not the same thing as General Education (GE) Certification. CSUDH bachelor degree candidates must meet all CSUDH GE requirements or be GE Certified via their community college.

What is GE Certification?

GE Certification is the process in which the community college certifies that you have completed General Education according to their GE plan. This plan may differ from CSUDH's GE plan, but is accepted as meeting lower division GE requirements.

How many units/courses can I have outstanding and still graduate?

None, you must have earned a grade in all courses attempted.

What's the difference between Commencement and Graduation?

Graduation is the completion of all degree requirements recorded on the official transcript and Academic Requirements Report.  
Commencement is the ceremony that celebrates the completion of a degree. Participating in Commencement does not imply that you have officially graduated with an awarded degree. For more information about the Commencement, please contact the Office of Ceremonies and Events.

Can I go through Commencement Ceremonies and finish my courses later?

Spring Commencement Ceremonies are for those students that have graduated the previous Fall semester and for those who are candidates for Spring or Summer. You may attend these ceremonies if you fall into one of these groups. However, participation in Commencement Ceremonies does not automatically mean you have met all graduation requirements to receive a degree. You will not be able to actually graduate until all of your requirements are met.  

If you have not completed all requirements by the end of the semester you indicated, you will have to change your graduation date by submitting the Request for Change of Graduation Date form to the Dropbox Folder for Graduation Documents & Graduation Petitions. The $10 fee will be charged to your student account.   

For information about the Commencement Ceremony please contact the Office of Ceremonies and Events. 

Can I retake courses after I graduate to improve my GPA?

No. After you have graduated, your record is sealed. No changes will be made to academic records once the degree has been completed and conferred.

I missed the deadline for the term I wanted, can I still apply?

Students do have the ability to submit a Petition for Exception form to the Dropbox Folder for Graduation Documents & Graduation Petitions. Please note, these requests are not guaranteed and will be reviewed for extenuating circumstances. You will need to submit the form to the appropriate

What do I need to do if I have been denied graduation?

Students are encouraged to contact their major advisor to review outstanding degree requirements and their university advisor (University Advisement Center) for any outstanding general education requirements. If you took courses at a different institution that may satisfy coursework requirements and have not previously submitted those transcripts, please submit the official transcripts no later than two weeks after receiving the denial notice.

How do I change my graduation date?

To change your graduation date, please submit the Request for Change of Graduation Date form to the Dropbox Folder for Graduation Documents & Graduation Petitions. The $10 fee will be charged to your student account.