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CSUB Commencement Ceremonies Set for Undergraduates, Graduates

California State University, Bakersfield will celebrate its 48th annual commencement with an undergraduate ceremony on Friday, May 18, and a Graduate and Hooding Ceremony on Thursday, May 17. More than 1,800 students have registered to participate in the ceremonies.  CSUB President Horace Mitchell, who has led the University for the past 14 years, will be leading the ceremonies for the final time.

Undergraduate Ceremony

A single undergraduate commencement ceremony will be held at 8 a.m. Friday, May 18, at the CSUB Main Soccer Field.  A total of 1,528 students have registered to participate. To ensure adequate seating, each graduating senior has received seven priority tickets for the Main Soccer Field.  Priority tickets are REQUIRED for each guest seated in the Main Soccer Field, except for lap children under the age of 3.  Guests with priority tickets must arrive before 7:15 a.m.

Doors will open at 5:30 a.m., and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Saving seats will not be allowed.

Guests without priority tickets and those who prefer indoor seating may view the ceremonies on a large video board in the Icardo Center.  The video board will show each student while on stage and will contain graphics with the student’s name and major. Guests unable to attend in person may enjoy the ceremonies remotely via Livestream at

A reception for graduates and their families and friends will be held immediately following the ceremony in the Student Reception Center.  At the reception, graduates and guests will have an opportunity to interact and take photos with President Mitchell, administrators, faculty, classmates, and families.

During the ceremony, President Mitchell will award honorary doctorate degrees, CSUB’s highest honor, to long-time CSUB supporters Ben and Gayle Batey. Ben Batey’s honorary doctorate award will be presented posthumously.

Graduate and Hooding Ceremony

CSUB will hood master’s and doctoral degree candidates during the Graduate and Hooding Ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the Icardo Center.  A total of 319 students have registered to participate. No tickets are required for the ceremony.

Traffic/Parking Instructions

Due to the large crowds expected to attend the undergraduate ceremony, traffic controls and road closures will be in place on and around the CSUB campus. On Friday, May 18, Camino Media will be closed to thru traffic starting at 5 a.m. at Haggin Oaks Boulevard and Scarlet Oak and will be open only for commencement traffic and parking. Traffic controls will be in place on Stockdale Highway both before and after the ceremony. At the conclusion of the ceremony, additional traffic controls will be established at Gosford Road and Kroll Way.

Guests are encouraged to carpool with family and friends, as parking will be limited to 7,000 spaces. Guests may enter through any entrance of the campus. As lots are filled, cars will be routed to open areas of campus or areas nearby. Faculty and staff also are encouraged to carpool and park in Lots F and G.

Golden Empire Transit and CSUB buses will provide shuttle services from the north and west sides of campus to the main venue on the south side of campus. Each stop will be color coded for ease of guests remembering where they parked after the ceremonies. For the graduate hooding ceremony, parking will be available in Lots H and I. There will be no road closures.

Parking is free for both the undergraduate and graduate ceremonies.

Disabled Parking

For the Undergraduate Ceremony, disabled parking is available in Lot I for guests with disabilities. Enter campus from the east via Camino Media onto Roadrunner Drive. The lot is on the right as drivers enter campus. Wheelchair-accessible golf carts will be available to transport persons with disabilities to the soccer field.

For the Graduate and Hooding Ceremony at the Icardo Center on Thursday, May 17, parking will be available in Lots H and I.

Seating for People with Disabilities

At the Undergraduate Ceremony, seating for persons who have limited mobility is available at the southwest entrance.  Wheelchair-accessible seating is limited and cannot be reserved.  One attendant for a guest with a disability will be allowed in this seating area.

At the Graduate Hooding Ceremony, the first row of all seating is designated for persons with mobility disabilities.  The seating is limited and cannot be reserved.  One attendant per guest will be allowed in this seating area.

For questions, CSUB students may call Services for Students with Disabilities at (661) 654-3360 or TDD (661) 654-6288 or at Office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Guests may email or call 661-654-6034 for questions about accessible seating.

Prohibited Items

All bags will be checked before entering venues. To make commencement a pleasant experience for all guests and participants, the following items are prohibited:

  • Umbrellas
  • Air horns
  • Signs
  • Balloons
  • Beach ball
  • Outside food
  • Tripods
  • Alcohol
  • Bottles and cans
  • Fireworks
  • Firearms/weapons
  • Tobacco products

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

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Media interested in covering the 2018 commencement ceremonies should contact Michael Lukens, director of Public Affairs and Communications, at (661) 654-3526.

For Media Requests

Contact CSUB Public Affairs
(661) 654-2136