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Where is commencement held?

Where do I go to check-in for the ceremony?

Fall Commencement - Graduates will check-in at the front of the arena (Truxton Ave. side)

Spring Commencement - Graduates will check-in on the NW gate of the Main Soccer Field behind the Student Recreation Center. Graduates may park in Lot K if coming separate from your guests.


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. Deadlines to apply are on the Office of the Registrar's graduation webpage.

If a student misses the deadline to submit their graduation application, the form will default to the next graduation term. It is the student's responsibility to email graduation@csub.edu to inform the evaluators their intent to graduate is the current term.

Students will have completed a graduation application through the link provided on their myCSUB student portal and pay the required fee.

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. Graduates will email their evaluator or graduation@csub.edu for questions.

Final list of eligible graduates will be submitted by the Registrar's Office to the Commencement office the Friday prior to the first day to RSVP to participate in the commencement ceremony. 

Students are responsible to to ensure the correct graduation term is listed in myCSUB to be included on the eligible graduates list.


I have two majors, can I walk with both?

Students with double majors must select one major to walk with at the ceremony during the commencement registration process. Both majors will be displayed on the video screens when the student walks across the stage.


Where do I purchase my cap and gown?

Fall Commencement Only

Regalia will be sold at Grad Fest at the AV campus and Bakersfield campus only.

After Grad Fest:


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, students' names will be read out loud as they cross the stage.

Students must RSVP to confirm the name that will be announced at the ceremony.

Students will have the opportunity to view their name to be read and to record on how it is to be pronounced during the RSVP process. This will assist the person who records the graduates' names.


How many guests may I invite?

Fall 2022 Commencement (eligible graduates for summer and fall terms, and winter session*)

  • Guest Tickets: 8 guest tickets per graduate (this will be reviewed after the RSVP closes)

    • All guests four years and older are required to have a guest ticket to enter the venue.
    • Guests three years and younger are considered lap children and do not require a guest ticket to enter the venue.

Spring 2023 Spring Ceremonies (eligible graduates for the spring 2023 and summer 2023** terms)

  • Guest Tickets: 8 guest tickets per graduate (this will be reviewed after the RSVP closes)

    • All guests four years and older are required to have a guest ticket to enter the venue.
    • Guests three years and younger are considered lap children and do not require a guest ticket to enter the venue.

*Students completing their degree in the winter session must submit proof of enrollment to be eligible to particiapte in the fall commencement.

**Summer 2023 graduates must be enrolled in their summer courses to be eligible to participate in spring commencement. Summer registration begins April 10 for summer 2023 term.


How long is the typical commencement ceremony?

Ceremonies are approximately 1.5 to 2 hours each.


Where do guests park?

Fall Commencement
Parking is in the arena parking structure or street parking.
A limited number of disabled parking spaces are located in front of the arena.

Spring Commencement
Parking is available in all campus lots.
Disabled parking is available in lot I.


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

Honors are awarded to undergraduate students only who have completed at least 40 letter-graded units of resident credit at CSUB as part of their baccalaureate program. Honors status is determined by your GPA, both CSUB and Overall GPA must meet GPA indicated below. Students may locate their GPA in the student portal. The Commencement Office doesn't have access to students' GPAs.

Students may check their myCSUB transcript for GPA information and calculate their expected grades for the current term to determine honors status.

There is only one honors cord which is gold. Students may purchase an honors cord when they purchase their regalia. 

Both the CSUB GPA and Overall GPA must meet the GPA requirements indicated below. 

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 next term, may I walk in the preceding spring ceremony?

Students are not eligible to participate in commencement prior to completing their required courses in the fall and spring terms. See below regarding summer graduates.


Students who finish their degree required courses by the fall term and have an active graduation application on file at the Office of the Registrar are eligible candidates to participate in the fall commencement.

Students who finish their degree required courses in the spring term and have an active graduation application on file at the Office of the Registrar will be eligible candidates to participate in the spring commencement 

Summer graduates are eligible to participate in the fall or spring commencements. Summer graduates who want to participate in the spring commencement must be enrolled in their summer courses to be eligible to walk.


If a student changes their grad check application to a different term, the student will be removed from the eligibility list. The student and Commencement Office will be notified by the Registrar's Office of the students inelibility to participate in commencement.


What if I change my graduation check application to fall term to the next spring or summer term? Can I still walk in the fall?

If a student changes their grad check application to a different term, the student will be removed from the eligibility list and notified by the Registrar's Office by email they are no longer able to participate in the next commencement ceremony.


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 - Clear backpacks/purses are acceptable
  • 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.


Will photographs be taken of students during the ceremony?

Graduates will have photographs taken of them as the walk across the stage and a posed photo with their diploma cover.


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 commencement@csub.edu

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) 654-6807


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

There is seating available for people who need accommodations. When the graduate completes the RSVP form to participate in commencement, they will be asked if accommodations are needed.


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

Yes, all commencement ceremonies will be livestreamed. 


Can my family come see me before the ceremony?

Guests are not permitted in the student check-in area.


Will my name be called if I don't participate in the live ceremony?

Only students who are present at the ceremony will have their names announced.


Are diplomas handed out at commencement?

Diplomas are mailed to graduates 4-6 weeks after final grades post. 

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 alumni@csub.edu or visit the links below.


Additional Information

Commencement Office
Dina Ebeling, Associate Director
Office of the Provost/Academic Affairs
commencement@csub.edu.

For questions about each school's recognition receptions and cultural ceremonies, check out the ceremonies webpage.

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