Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I register for commencement?

Students who have an active application on file at the Admissions and Records Office will receive commencement registration information via their CSUB email. 

Students who plan to participate in the 2019 Commencement Ceremonies must register their intent by completing the online commencement registration form that is provided in the commencement registration email.

Commencement registration for 2018 summer and fall graduates begins in November 2018.

Commencement registration for 2019 spring and summer graduates begins in February 2019.

Commencement registration ends on April 29, 2019.

Where is commencement held?

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 24, 2019
 7:30 a.m.
CSUB Main Soccer Field 

Graduate Hooding and Commencement Ceremony
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  6:00 p.m.
CSUB Main Soccer Field

Where do I go to line up for the ceremony?


  • Assemble in the Women's Softball Practice Field (See map below).
  • Student check-in will open at 5:30 a.m. Students are to arrive no later than 7:00 a.m. to obtain your name (reader) card.
  • Students will line up behind their school sign.
  • Faculty marshals and student ushers will lead the processional.
  • Processional will begin at 7:15 a.m. See map below. 

CLICK HERE to see map.



How do I know if I am eligible to participate in commencement?

Students that are eligible to participate in commencement will receive a letter to register for commencement. 

Students will have completed a Grad Check application, paid the required fee, and submitted the application to the Admissions & Records Office. 

The evaluations team will respond via CSUB email to the student if the application was approved or denied. Denied applications will need to be followed up with the evaluations office as soon as possible in order to be re-instated to the commencement eligibility list.

Final list of eligible students will be submitted by the Admissions and Records Office on May 2, 2019. The final list of eligible graduates' names will appear in the commencement program.

I have two majors, can I walk with both?

Students with double majors must select one major to walk with at the ceremony.

How can I obtain additional priority tickets for the undergraduate ceremony?

Undergraduate ceremony graduates will receive seven (7) priority tickets for the main soccer field. 

No additional tickets will be distributed. 

Where do I purchase my cap and gown?

Students can purchase their cap and gown at the Runner Bookstore beginning at Grad Fest through commencement:

CSU Bakersfield 8901-B
Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311

Phone: (661) 654 - 2273
Fax: (661) 654 - 6703


Regular Operating Hours
Mon.     8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tues.    8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed.     8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thurs.   8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri.        8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat.         Closed
Sun.        Closed

To find out more, go to: CSUB Runner Bookstore

Can I decorate my cap?

Students are welcomed to decorate their cap. Cap decorum must be tasteful and respectful.

Will my name be read out loud at the ceremony?

Yes, student's names will be called as they cross the stage and shake the President's or Provost/VP for Academic Affairs's hand.

How many guests may I invite?

Graduate Hooding and Commencement Ceremony

  • No tickets are required.
  • Seating is first-come, first-served.
  • It is requested that guests are seated by 5:40 p.m. for the processional at 5:45 p.m.
  • Arrive early to accommodate for time to park, walk to the venue, and go through security bag check.

Only clear or see-thru bags will be allowed into the venue.

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

  • To ensure adequate seating, each graduating senior will receive seven (7) priority tickets for the Main Soccer Field.
  • Priority tickets are REQUIRED for each guest seated in the Main Soccer Field
  • Children 3 years old and younger do not require a ticket.
  • Arrive before 7:00 a.m. with Priority Ticket.
  • Duplicate tickets will be denied at the door.
  • Parking will be congested. It is recommended guests arrive early to accommodate for parking, walking to the venue, and going through security for bag check.
  • Seating is first-come, first-served.

Only clear or see-thru bags will be allowed into the venue.

How long is the typical commencement ceremony?

Approximately 1 ½ hours for the Graduate and Hooding Ceremony.

Approximately 2 ½ hours for the Undergraduate Ceremony.

Where do guests park?

CSUB will provide FREE parking for guests during commencement ceremonies.

Undergraduate Ceremony:

  • Parking will be available in all CSUB parking lots. Please see campus map.

Graduate Ceremony:

  • Parking will be available in Lots H and I. Please see campus map.

Is there a place to park my bicycle for the undergraduate ceremony?

Yes, there will be a bike valet service near the Student Recreation Center. The bike valet area will begin taking bikes at 6:00 a.m. and will close at 1:00 p.m. All bikes must be picked up by 1:00 p.m. No personal belongings may be left on the bicycle. The bike valet service is provided by the staff at the CSUB Student Recreation Center.

How do I know if I'm graduating with honors?

Honors are awarded to undergraduate students who have completed at least 60 letter-graded units of resident credit at CSUB as part of their baccalaureate program.

Students may check their myCSUB transcript for honors status. The Commencement Office staff does not have information regarding a student's GPA.

Honor students' names in the commencement program are based on the student's Overall GPA and CSUB GPA at the end of the 2018 fall semester

Honors students must be eligible to participate in commencement by April 29, 2019 to be acknowledged as an honors student in the commencement program.

The grade point average (GPA) necessary for graduation with honors at the end of the 2018 fall semester are as follows:

summa cum laude
3.9 to 4.0 GPA

magna cum laude
3.6 to 3.89 GPA

cum laude
3.3 to 3.59 GPA

What if I have one course left to complete in the Summer/Fall semester, may I walk with my class?

Students who finish their degree required courses by the SUMMER 2018, FALL 2018, SPRING 2019 and SUMMER 2019 and have an active graduation application on file at the Admissions and Records Office are eligible candidates to participate in the 2019 Commencement Ceremonies.

Students who filed to graduate for FALL 2019 or later are not eligible candidates to participate in the Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremonies. 

If a student changes their grad check application to fall 2019 or later, the student will be removed from the eligibility list and notified by the commencement staff by email they are no longer able to participate in the 2019 commencement ceremonies.

What if I change my graduation check application to fall 2019 or later? Can I still walk?

Unfortunately, if a student changes their grad check application to fall 2019 or later, the student will be removed from the eligibility list and notified by the commencement staff by email they are no longer able to participate/walk at the 2019 commencement ceremonies.

Eligible terms to participate in the 2019 commencement ceremonies are: Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019.

What items are prohibited at commencement?

In an effort to make commencement a pleasant experience for all guests and participants the following items are prohibited at commencement:

  • Purses, backpacks, and totes. NOTE: Only clear (see-thru) bags, or one-gallon or smaller freezer ziploc bags, will be permitted into the venues.
  • Umbrellas
  • Air horns
  • Noise makers
  • Signs
  • Balloons
  • Beach balls
  • Outside food/drinks. Exception: Formula and/or food for infants, toddlers, and for medical needs.
  • Camera tripods
  • Selfie sticks
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs/narcotics
  • Fireworks
  • Firearms/weapons
  • Smoking, vaping and other tobacco-related products. CSUB is a smoke-free campus.

Violation of these rules will result in removal from the venue.

There will be vendors' booths inside the venue for purchase of snacks, water, and coffee.

Will photographs be taken of students during the ceremony?

GRAD IMAGES is the official photographer for our commencement.  Photos taken by family or friends will be permitted from their seats only during the ceremony.  Tripods or selfie sticks will NOT be allowed into the Main Soccer Field, Icardo Center, or Softball Field.  Photos may be taken after the ceremony at the reception.

At Grad Fest, Grad Images will be taking professional portraits. Make an appointment for your portrait sitting at Grad Fest by clicking here.

Is there a reception after ceremony?

Yes, a commencement reception for graduates and their guests will be held immediately following each ceremony.

The undergraduate ceremony reception is held in the Student Recreation Center Gym.

The graduate and hooding ceremony reception is TBD.

Due to my cultural and religious beliefs, I need specific accommodations for commencement (e.g. can only shake a woman's hand, etc.), who do I get in contact with?

Students who have special requests or accommodations for commencement must contact their school directly.  If your school is unable to accommodate your request please email

Schools Contact Information:
 Arts and Humanities
(661) 654-2221

Business and Public Administration
(661) 654-2157

Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering
(661) 654-3450

Social Sciences and Education
(661) 654-2210

Can I order my regalia and other graduation items online?

Regalia's (cap and gown) are not available for online purchase.  Regalia can be purchased at the CSUB Runner Bookstore beginning the week of Grad Fest. For more information or questions regarding regalia, contact the CSUB Bookstore at (661) 654 - 2273.

Students may order announcements and graduation accessories online (diploma covers, class rings, graduation flowers, ect.).

Click here for more information.

To find out more, go to: CSUB Runner Bookstore

Is there a separate seating section for people with disabilities? How many people can be seated with them?

CSUB Main Soccer Field Ceremony
Disabled seating for persons who have limited mobility is available at the south-west entrance of the Main Soccer Field. Wheelchair accessible seating is limited and cannot be reserved. One attendant per disabled guest will be allowed in this seating area.

Icardo Center
Disabled seating for persons with mobility disabilities is available through the Icardo Center. The first row of all seating is designated for persons with mobility disabilities. This seating is limited and cannot be reserved. One attendant  per guest will be allowed in this seating area.

For questions, please contact:

Services for Students with Disabilities
Phone: (661) 654-3360
TDD: (661) 654-6288
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 
                      8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Can family and friends at home see the ceremony? Will there be a recording they can watch at a later date?

Yes, both the Undergraduate and Graduate Hooding Ceremonies will be livestreamed.  Both ceremonies will be recorded and posted on the CSUB YouTube page by mid-June.  

Can my family come see me before the ceremony?

Guests are not permitted in the student assembly area.

When will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas will be mailed within four to six weeks after final grades have posted for the final term. If you want to pick up your diploma, indicate "pick-up" on your application for graduation. If you arrange for someone to pick up your diploma, he/she must have written authorization from you, and provide proper identification.

What do I do now that I've graduated?

We hope that you will stay involved in your alma mater. Please continue to update your contact information with us, especially to share your stories of success and achievement. Please email the Office of Alumni Engagement with any post-graduation questions at or visit the links below.

Additional Information

Commencement Office
Dina Ebeling, Senior Specialist

For questions about each school's honors receptions, check out the Honors' Recognition page.

Arts and Humanities
(661) 654-2221

Business and Public Administration
(661) 654-2157

Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering
(661) 654-3450

Social Science and Education
(661) 654-2210