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All Ceremonies Information

There is no rehearsal for commencement.


  • Check-In: One hour prior to the ceremony start time.
  • Check-In Location: Main Soccer Field on the NW corner behind the Student Recreation Center
  • Parking: Parking is complimentary on campus.
  • GradPass (name card): Graduates need to bring their GradPass for check-in. GradPass can be printed or saved on an electronic devices.
  • Masks: Masks are not required but highly recommended.
  • COVID Testing and Vaccination: Not required.
  • Attire: Graduates are required to wear a cap and gown. Graduates must have clothing underneath their gown.
  • Decorated Caps: Caps can be decorated as long as it is respectful.


  • Venue Opens: 1.5 hours prior to the ceremony start time.
  • Parking: Street parking and in the parking structure.
  • Masks: Masks are not required but highly recommended.
  • COVID Testing and Vaccination: Not required.
  • Seating: Chairs are set up on the grass in the soccer field for guests. Designated disabled seating areas are available inside the venue.
  • Guest Tickets: Guests 4 years and older are required to have a guest ticket to enter the venue. Guest tickets can be printed or saved on an electronic device to be scanned.
  • Lap Children: Lap children are 3 years and younger are not required to have a guest ticket.

Livestream begins 30 minutes before the ceremony begins and the link is on the CSUB commencement homepage.


Prohibited items are required to provide a safe and pleasant experience for our ceremonies. 

  • Bags, backpacks and purses are prohibited. Clear totes are acceptable.
  • Umbrellas, signs, balloons, selfie sticks, camera tripods, and beach balls.
  • Air horns, noise makers, and fireworks.
  • Outside food/drinks. Exception: Formula and/or food for infants, toddlers, and for medical needs.
  • Illegal drugs/narcotics, alcohol, firearms and weapons.

The Commencement Office doesn't have access to academic records and can not check GPA status. Students may check their myCSUB for GPA. Honors is based on the Overall GPA and the CSUB GPA.

There is only one honors cord for the various levels of honors. The CSUB Bookstore-Bakersfield Campus has gold honors cords for purchase if a student didn't purchase a cord with their regalia. The bookstore doesn't have other types of cords.

The Commencement Group will be set up inside and outside the venue for flower purchase, CSUB bead necklaces, and the Class of 2023 T-shirts with the graduates' names.*

*Graduates who were added after the deadline or asked not to be included on the t-shirt, those names won't be included on the t-shirts. Deadline is Monday, April 24.