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How do I register for commencement?

Students who have an active graduation 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 Spring 2017 Commencement Ceremony must register their intent by completing the online Commencement Ceremony Registration Form. Eligible students must register for commencement between November 28, 2016 through April 29, 2017.  To ensure adequate seating at each ceremony, students will be asked to register the number of guests attending the ceremony.

Where is commencement held?

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 19, 2017
CSUB Main Soccer Field
8:00 a.m.

Graduate Hooding and Commencement Ceremony
Thursday, May 18, 2017
CSUB Icardo Center
 6:00 p.m.

Where do I go to line up for the ceremony?


  • Assemble in the Women's Softball Field (follow directional signage)
  • Arrive by 6:00 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 7:45 a.m.

CLICK HERE to see map.


  • Assemble at the Old Gym (follow directional signage).
  • Arrive by 4:30 p.m. to obtain your name (reader) card.  
  • Students will line up behind their school sign.
  • Faculty marshals and student ushers will lead the processional.

CLICK HERE to see map.

Is there a rehearsal for Commencement?

Graduate Hooding and Commencement Ceremony
No rehearsal is required for the Graduate Hooding and Commencement Ceremony.

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
Yes, an optional rehearsal is scheduled for the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 18 at 9:00 a.m. at the Main Soccer Field.

I have two majors, can I walk with both?

Unfortunately, students with double majors cannot walk with both departments. Students will need to choose one major to walk with at the ceremony.

Where do I purchase my cap and gown?

Students can purchase their cap and gown at the Runner Bookstore, (661) 654 - 2273.

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. Please note that your graduation gown may not be decorated.

Will my name be read out loud at the ceremony?

Yes, student's names will be called when they cross the stage.

How many guests may I invite?

You may invite as many people as you want, tickets are not required for commencement.

How long is the typical commencement ceremony?

Approximately 1 ½ hours for the Graduate and Hooding Commencement Ceremony and 2 ½ hours for the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony.

Where do guests park?

CSUB will provide courtesy 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.

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

Honors are awarded to undergraduate students who have completed at least 40 letter-graded units of resident credit at CSUB as part of their baccalaureate program. The grade point average (GPA) necessary for graduation with honors 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

Honor student's names in the spring commencement program are based on the student's Overall GPA and CSUB GPA at the end of the 2016 Fall semester. 

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

Students who filed to graduate for Summer 2016 are eligible candidates to participate in this year's Commencement Ceremony. 

Students who filed to graduate for Fall 2017 must petition to participate in the Spring 2017 Commencement Ceremony to the Provost and Vice President for Student Affairs.

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:

  • umbrellas
  • air horns
  • signs
  • balloons
  • beach balls
  • outside food
  • tripods
  • alcohol
  • bottles and cans
  • fireworks
  • firearms/weapons

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

I have a final scheduled on the day of my commencement ceremony, what do I do?

Students who have finals scheduled on the date and time of their commencement ceremony are advised to get in touch with their professor and reschedule their final to an earlier or later date.

Will photographs be taken of students during the ceremony?

Ultimate Exposures 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.

Is there a reception after Commencement?

Yes, a commencement reception for graduates and their guests will be held immediately following the undergraduate ceremony at the Student Recreation Center.

Due to my cultural and religious beliefs, I need specific accommodations for commencement (e.g. can only shake a woman's hand and 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 or contact the Office of the President at (661) 654 - 2241.

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's can be purchased at the CSUB Runner Bookstore - (661) 654 - 2273.
Students may order announcements and graduation accessories online (diploma covers, class rings, graduation day flowers, ect.).

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

Icardo Center Ceremony
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?

No, the ceremony will not be livestreamed.  The recorded ceremony will be posted on the CSUB YouTube page in mid-June. 

Can my family come see me before the ceremony?

No. 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 the date of graduation, or within two weeks from the actual degree award date. 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 Relations with any post-graduation questions at or visit the links below.

Additional Information

For questions, comments or concerns not addressed here, please email

For questions regarding details about each school's honors programs or commencement details, please contact your school directly: 

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