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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. 

Students will have completed a Grad Check application through the link provided on their myCSUB student portal and paid 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 for questions.

Final list of eligible students will be submitted by the Registrar's Office to the Commencement office the Friday prior to the first day of registration.

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?

Regalia will be sold online. Graduates can use the link below to order their regalia, stoles, and other commencement items.

 Online Regalia Purchase

Deadline to purchase regalia is Friday, November 12.

Class of 2022 should not use this link to purchase regalia. The tassel sold will be 2021. Class of 2022 regalia sales will begin in March 2022.

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 read out loud as they cross the stage.

How many guests may I invite?

 Fall 2021 Commencement (eligible graduates for summer and fall 2021 terms)

  • Guest ticket number: 10 guests.
  • Lap children 3 years old and younger do not require a ticket.
  • All attendees ages 3 years old and older must wear a mask.
  • All attendees, including children 12 years old and younger, must present a vaccination card with last dosage at least 14 days prior to the ceremony or a negative COVID-19 test.
  • Arrive early to accommodate for time to park, walk to the venue, and go through security bag check.
  • No purses or bags of any kind will be permitted in the venue.

Spring 2022 Spring Ceremonies (eligible graduates for spring 2022 term)

  • TBD

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.

Spring Commencement
Guest parking is in lots H and I.
Graduates, if driving in a separate vehicle than their guests, can park in lot K.

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.

Students may check their myCSUB transcript for honors status.

The Commencement Office staff does not have information regarding a student's GPA.

SPRING GRADUATES - Honor students' names in the spring commencement program are based on the student's Overall GPA and CSUB GPA at the end of the previous fall semester

Honor students must be eligible to participate in commencement prior to the final draft of the commencement program going to print to be acknowledged as an honors student. This is approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the ceremony.

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 who finish their degree required courses by the fall term and have an active graduation application on file at the Registrar's Office are eligible candidates to participate in the fall 2021 commencement ceremonies only. 

Spring 2022 graduates will be eligible to participate in the spring 2022 commencement.

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 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
  • 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

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

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 registers 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.

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, Associate Director
Office of the Provost/Academic Affairs

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