Important Information for Students

Students are eligible for commencement by having an approved graduation application on file with the Admissions and Records Office.

Students who finish their degree required courses by the SUMMER 2018, FALL 2018SPRING 2019 or SUMMER 2019 terms are eligible to participate in the 2019 ceremonies.

Eligible students will receive commencement registration information via their CSUB email

There are no exceptions or appeals for participating in 2019 commencement for fall 2019 or later graduates. If a student changes their grad check application to fall 2019 or later, the student will be removed from the eligibility list and notified by the commencement staff by email that they are not eligible to participate for 2019 commencement.

The commencement staff will receive the last list of eligible graduates' names on May 2, 2019. All eligible gradutes' names will be printed in the commencement program including graduates who don't participate in commencement.

Students who do not meet the May 2, 2019 deadline, will not be included in the commencement program.

Commencement Registration

Commencement registration for summer 2018 and fall 2018 graduates will begin in November 2018.

Commencement registration for spring 2019 and summer 2019 graduates will begin in January 2019.

All eligible graduates will receive an email requesting they register for commencement to their CSUB email. Commencement registration ends April 29, 2019

All students that meet the commencement registration deadline of April 29, 2019 will have a printed name card which will be scanned to show their name and degree on the video screens at the ceremony.

For more information, please email

Commencement Ceremony Instructions

Prohibited Items

In an effort to make commencement a pleasant experience for all guests and participants, the following items are prohibited at commencement:

  • No purses, backpacks, or totes - Only clear (see-thru) bags will be permitted into the venue.
  • Signs
  • Umbrellas
  • Air horns
  • Camera tripods
  • Selfie Sticks
  • Balloons
  • Beach balls
  • Outside food
  • Bottles and cans
  • Alcohol
  • Fireworks
  • Strollers
  • Firearms/Weapons

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


Honors are awarded to undergraduate students who have completed at least 60 letter-graded units of resident credit at CSUB as part of their baccalaureate program.

Students may check myCSUB for their GPA for honors status. The Commencement Staff do not have information on students GPA information.

The Admissions and Records Office will provide graduates' honors status to the commencement staff for the commencement program.

Honors student’s names in the commencement program are based on the student’s Overall GPA and CSUB GPA at the end of the 2018 fall semester

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

Honors and Recognition Ceremonies

Alumni Association


Additional Information

For questions, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

For additional information about commencement, email

For information about the status of your grad check application, check your myCSUB email, contact your evaluations' advisor, or email