Student Information

What's the difference between Graduation and Commencement?

Graduation is the completion and awarding of your degree and mailing of your diploma. This is overseen by the Office of the Registrar. The Office of the Registrar can assist students with:

  • Changing their graduation application term
  • Instructions on how to submit their online graduation application

Commencement is the celebration of your academic achievement of earning a degree in higher education. The commencement ceremonies are overseen by the Commencement Office. The Commencement Office can assist student with:

  • Ceremony questions
  • Services provided at the ceremonies
  • Cap and gown questions
  • Recognition and cultural ceremonies

Online Graduation Application

Students are eligible for commencement by having an approved graduation application on file with the Office of the Registrar by the graduation application deadline with the current semester's term. Students who have submitted a graduation application after the deadline must ensure the late-submitted graduation application has the correct term to participate in commencement. 

Visit graduation application instructions and deadlines.

RSVP for Spring Commencement to the Commencement Office

 The process is as follows:

  • Students who have a submitted a graduation application to the Office of the Registrar by Monday, March 20 will receive an email from Marching Order to RSVP to participate in commencement.
    • The RSVP email sometimes goes into students' emails clutter/junk folder. Please check all email folders.
  • If you don't receive an RSVP email by Tuesday, March 21, email and the commencement office will check for your name on the graduates lists. Please include your name, student ID, and major.
  • RSVP will open on Monday, March 20 - Thursday, April 20.
  • Registration will include the mandatory recording of the student's name.
    • Graduates must login by the deadline to record their name for a professional reader to record their name.
  • Graduates not attending may log in to the RSVP site and submit "No" to the participating question. 
  • Deadline to RSVP is Thursday, April 20 by 10pm.

Guest Information



Additional Information

Commencement Office
Dina Ebeling, Associate Director
Office of the Provost/Academic Affairs

For questions, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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