Frequently Asked Questions

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Why is the undergraduate ceremony so early?

Due to the weather in June, we must start by 7:00am to ensure that our guests remain comfortable as temperatures can get up to 100 degrees by mid-day.

How do I get my commencement tickets?

Students who have an active graduation application on file at the Admissions and Records Office will receive an email with a ticket link. Login access will involve using your CSUB email address and Student ID. Tickets can be downloaded between May 1 and May 20. Students must download and email their tickets to student's or guest's email address by May 20. Failure to do so will result in the loss of tickets.

Each undergraduate student will receive up to six (6) tickets.
Each graduate student will receive up to eight (8) tickets.

If the student login does not access the ticket website, please contact

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

Honors are awarded to undergraduate students who have completed at least 60 residential units of letter grade work 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 at the end of the 2016 winter quarter.

Do I/students that are graduating need a ticket for commencement?

No, tickets are for student's guests.

Why are students limited to a certain amount of tickets?

The University is required to adhere to fire code regulations for indoor and outdoor venues. These codes are in place for emergency evacuation of the venue.

The University distributes tickets based on the venue capacity and the number of students expected to walk in the ceremony.

Do lap children need a ticket?

No, lap children do not require a ticket for commencement ceremonies.

How do I obtain more tickets?

Additional tickets are available when graduating students plan not to walk or miss the deadline to retrieve their tickets. This year's deadline is May 20. All participating graduates must retrieve their tickets by May 20 to receive their maximum allotted tickets. After May 27, please email to request additional tickets.

The deadline is provided to ensure adequate seating for the venue and equitable distribution of tickets for each student.

UPDATE 5-20-16: Friday, June 10 ceremony will have no additional tickets available to distribute.

When are the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies?

Commencement ceremonies for undergraduates:

School of Arts and Humanities; Business and Public Administration; and Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering Commencement Ceremony
Friday, June 10, 2016 at 7:00 a.m., CSUB Amphitheatre
(Parking will be available in Lot C)

School of Social Sciences and Education Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 7:00 a.m., CSUB Amphitheatre
(Parking will be available in Lot C)

To find out more, go to: Undergraduate Ceremonies

When is the Masters/Doctoral Commencement Ceremony?

The Graduate Hooding and Commencement Ceremony is Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 6:00 p.m., in the Icardo Center.

To find out more, go to: Graduate Ceremony

What if I have one course left to complete in the summer/fall quarter of 2016, may I walk with my class?

No, students must complete all degree required courses by Spring 2016 in order to be eligible to participate in the June 2016 commencement ceremonies.

What items are prohibited at commencement?

In 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
  • alcohol
  • bottles and cans
  • fireworks

People who violate these rules will be escorted out of the ceremony.

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.

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

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

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 should contact their school.  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?

Amphitheatre Ceremonies
Disabled seating for persons who have limited mobility is available north of Don Hart Drive on the west side of the Amphitheatre. Wheelchair accessible seating is limited and cannot be reserved. One attendant per disabled guest will be allowed in this seating area.

Icardo Center Ceremonies
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 more information on disabled parking, seating, and other concerns can be found here.

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. 

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.

How do I get my official graduation photographs?

The company's name is Ultimate Exposures. You should be contacted within two weeks of your ceremony with your proofs. If you do not hear from them, instructions for their website (as of June 2011) are as follows:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Order Photos Now
  3. Click on Graduation Ceremonies
  4. Click on California Schools
  5. Search by ceremony by entering 'Bakersfield' into the event name
  6. Select the appropriate ceremony
  7. Search for your photos by last name, or if you name is not recognized, browse all of the proofs. It's easier if you search for the name of someone sitting near you to narrow it down.
  8. You can also call Ultimate Exposures directly at: (877) 858-3976.

You can also call Ultimate Exposures directly at: (877) 858-3976.

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