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Details for Graduating Candidates

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible Declared Graduation Term:

Undergraduate Degrees Application Deadline:

Graduate & Doctorate Degrees Application Deadline:

Fall 2021 Semester

Preceding March 1, 2021

Preceding June 15, 2021

Winter 2022 Intersession

Preceding September 1, 2021

Preceding September 15, 2021

Spring 2022 Semester

Preceding October 15, 2021

Preceding November 15, 2021

Summer 2022 Term

Preceding February 1, 2022

Preceding February 15, 2022

 
Students earning their bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degrees from Cal State LA can graduate at the end of fall 2021, winter 2022, spring 2022, or summer 2022 but Commencement only takes place during the end of the spring 2022 semester. 
 
Commencement is the annual event at which family, friends, and the Cal State LA community celebrate each graduate's academic achievement. Participating in Commencement does not automatically mean that the student has graduated.
 
To officially graduate from Cal State LA, students must satisfy all university, college, and departmental requirements for a specific degree. For more information on how to apply for your degree, please visit the Graduation Office website.

ELIGIBILITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2022 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES:

1. APPLY TO GRADUATE FOR THE ELIGIBLE DECLARED GRADUATION TERMS
 
A graduation application must be submitted for the eligible terms of fall 2021, winter 2022, spring 2022, or summer 2022. The graduation application is used by the student to notify the University that they are ready to complete their bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree program. All coursework for the degree program must be completed prior to the award date (end of the graduation term they applied for). Students will not be able to register beyond their expected declared graduation term, so it is critical that the graduation application be accurate at the time of filing.
 
2. REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMENCEMENT DURING THE ONLINE REGISTRATION PERIOD
 
From April 15 starting at 9 a.m. (PT) until May 4 at 5 p.m. (PT), graduating candidates can register to participate in Commencement and reserve guest tickets. Confirming attendance at Commencement is a separate process from applying to graduate. It can take several days, for the Graduation Office, to process a graduation application before the student information is sent to the Commencement Office for inclusion in the ceremonies. Please be mindful of this when submitting your application as it relates to deadlines.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Please note that the Graduation Office (of the Office of the Registrar) and the Commencement Office (University Events and Protocol of University Advancement) are two different departments. The Graduation Office evaluates graduation applications and other educational records for the purpose of awarding degrees. The Commencement Office develops, manages, and facilitates the Commencement ceremonies.

NAME VERIFICATION

For Commencement, the primary (legal) name as it appears on the graduating candidate's GET account and Graduation appis the name that will be used for the following:

  • Ticketing Information
  • Name card during Commencement for the photographers
  • Name reading during Commencement
  • Diploma by the Graduation Office

As noted in the Registrar’s Office website, graduating candidates can submit a Preferred First Name Change in GET to formally request a Preferred First Name be used by the University. An approved Preferred First Name may be used on a diploma and at Commencement if requested by the graduating candidate on their graduation application, otherwise the primary (legal) name will be used. To reflect the name change for Commencement, requests must be made by April 1, 2022. Please note that during the Commencement ceremonies, last minute name changes will not be accommodated.

To change or update your primary (legal) name to reflect for Commencement, please submit a Bio/Demo Change Form  by April 1, 2022.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For Commencement, the Cal State LA email address, alternate email address, and the mailing address listed on the graduating candidate's GET account is the information that will be used for the following:

  • Commencement ticketing (only Cal State LA email address*)
  • Commencement notifications (only Cal State LA email address*)
  • Commencement photography (Cal State LA email address, alternate email address, and mailing address)

In spring 2022, the Graduation Office will start to submit the names of the eligible graduating candidates to the Commencement Office for inclusion in the Commencement ceremonies. Graduating candidates must keep their contact information up-to-date by April 1, 2022 to ensure receipt of Commencement-related notices. Please make sure to check your Cal State LA email address regularly for Commencement emails as it relates to ticketing, important deadlines, and ceremony details.

* For Doctor of Nursing Practice candidates, the primary University email address will be used.

REQUEST FOR NON-LISTING

If graduating candidates do not wish to receive any Commencement notifications or have their name, degree or honor (if any) listed in any program, please email commencement@calstatela.edu by April 1, 2022.

BACCALAUREATE HONORS

Graduating candidates obtaining a bachelor's degree, who maintain an outstanding academic record while earning their degree, are accorded special recognition upon graduation and are given honor cords to wear during Commencement. To be eligible for honors, the graduating candidate must have completed a minimum of 45 units in residence at Cal State LA and have attained the appropriate standing (in terms of cumulative grade point average earned at Cal State LA) as described below:

  • Summa Cum Laude: GPA equal to or greater than 3.9
  • Magna Cum Laude: GPA equal to or greater than 3.75 but less than 3.9
  • Cum Laude: GPA equal to or greater than 3.5 but less than 3.75

These honors are designated on the diploma and permanent academic record. Undergraduates who graduated (fall 2021 and winter 2022) and will graduate (spring 2022 or summer 2022) with honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude) will be notified regarding the distribution of their honor cords in April.

ACCESSIBILITY

Graduating candidates who require assistance during Commencement can contact the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) at 323-343-3140 or by email at OSD@calstatela.edu two weeks or more before the ceremonies. OSD can assist graduating candidates with:

  • Check-in
  • Seating
  • Getting to and from the stage
  • Recessional

If you require a wheelchair, please make arrangements on your own according to specific needs. Wheelchairs are not available on campus. OSD does not provide assistance to guests on campus. Guests attending Commencement must arrange in advance for their own mobility assistance.

SEATING

For graduating candidates, aisle seating in the student area is designated as accessible seating and will be clearly marked. For additional assistance, please contact the Office for Students with Disabilities listed above.

SIGN LANGUAGE AND CLOSED CAPTIONING

Sign language interpreters will be projected on the jumbo screens during each Commencement ceremony. Closed captioning will also be available to stream on your mobile device. The links for the closed captioning for mobile devices will be available the week before the ceremonies.

SERVICE ANIMALS

Commencement welcomes service animals. Service animals are working animals trained to perform tasks for the benefit of individuals with physical or mental disabilities, such as guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, alerting and protecting people prone to seizures, or other tasks directly related to a disability. Animals whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and cannot be brought inside the event venue.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

The health and safety of the Cal State LA community is our top priority as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. By attending the Commencement ceremony, you agree and attest that you have reviewed and will abide by Cal State LA’s health and safety protocols*.

  • All Cal State LA employees, students and visitors shall conduct a health self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms before arriving at Cal State LA. If you are experiencing any of the listed symptoms, please do not come onto the Cal State LA campus.
  • I understand the risk of attending a large, crowded event where the vaccine status of others in attendance may be unknown.
  • Masks are required indoors on campus and are recommended outdoors but not required. The Commencement Pavilion is a shaded outdoor venue.
  • Per Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, you are strongly encouraged to sign up for CA Notify in advance to receive alerts when you have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 in public gatherings. We also ask that you alert this site if you test positive for COVID-19 after Commencement.

Please continue visit the Cal State LA Health Watch webpage for the latest information about campus COVID-19 protocols, University messages, frequently asked questions, and more. The information on this website is current and will continue to be updated.

* All protocols are subject to change if warranted by the pandemic.

SECURITY

For the safety of all our graduating candidates, guests, faculty, and staff, all candidates must pass through security at the designated check-in location. To hold your personal belongings, we recommend a small bag that you can easily carry. Backpacks and large bags will not be allowed. The following items are not permitted inside the Commencement Pavilion.

  • Alcohol
  • Balloons
  • Beverages (bottled water permitted)
  • Bicycles
  • Bottles and cans
  • Cigarettes and E-cigarettes (The University is a tobacco and vape-free campus.)
  • Chairs
  • Coolers
  • Drones
  • Drugs
  • Fireworks
  • Flags with poles
  • Food (baby food permitted)
  • Laser pointers
  • Mega phones
  • Mid- to large-size purses, backpacks, satchels, and duffel bags
  • Pets (except for service animals)
  • Rollerblades
  • Signs larger than 16” x 20”
  • Skateboards
  • Strollers / car seats / bassinets (There are no designated check-in locations for these items so please leave in your car.)
  • Weapons (including chains, firearms, knives, spiked jewelry and belts, and sticks)
  • Umbrellas

LIVESTREAM

The University will be livestreaming the ceremonies, which will be able to be viewed through the Cal State LA website and the Cal State LA YouTube channel.

CHECK-IN

Graduating candidates who registered to participate must check in 75-60 minutes before the ceremony at the designated location next to the Commencement Pavilion in order to pick up their pre-printed name cards and to line up for seating. Candidates must have their Grad Pass and must present their Cal State LA ID or a government-issued photo ID during check-in. Please plan accordingly to allow sufficient time to park, pick up the name card, and line up for seating. 

SEATING

All candidates will be seated 30 minutes before the ceremony by degree and major. Gates to the Commencement Pavilion will be closed 5 minutes before the ceremony starts to prepare for the academic procession of the faculty and platform party. All candidates who arrive late will be allowed inside the venue after the national anthem. Only graduating candidates, faculty, and authorized staff are allowed in the graduate seating area.

 

CEREMONY

Each ceremony will run from 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours. The order of events may vary per Commencement ceremony and will include most of the below activities.

Academic procession of faculty and platform party
National anthem
Welcome remarks and introduction of the platform party by the college dean
President's greeting
Guest or student speaker
Academic honors
Presentation of candidates for degrees by the provost
Presentation of doctoral degrees
Presentation of master's degrees
Presentation of bachelor's degrees
Conferral of degrees by the president
Closing remarks by the college dean
University hymn
Recessional of platform party, faculty and conferees of doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degrees

PHOTOGRAPHY

GradImages, the official graduation portrait photographers, will be at Commencement taking photos.

For doctoral and master's degree candidates, photos will be taken while they are hooded onstage, and also when holding their diploma cover after they exit the stage.

For bachelor's degree candidates, photos will be taken when they are presented onstage, and also when holding their diploma cover after they exit the stage.

To ensure that graduating candidates receive their photo proof after the ceremony, they must completed the back of the name card, which will be given to them at the check-in area.

ETIQUETTE

All candidates participating in the Commencement ceremonies must stay for the entire duration of the ceremony. Please plan accordingly. In addition, any disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Those who are disruptive will not be allowed to participate in the remainder of the ceremony and will be escorted off the premises. Please note that there is no smoking, including e-cigarettes, on campus.

AFTER COMMENCEMENT

DIPLOMA AND DIPLOMA COVER

The Graduation Office will mail out the diploma to the graduates four to six weeks after their grades have been posted and verified. The mailing address used is the address on file with the University. To track your diploma, please go the DiploMatic website.

For graduates who did not attend Commencement but would like to get a diploma cover, please contact the Graduation Office. Diploma covers are only available for pick-up during normal business hours and cannot be mailed.

Questions? Please contact the Graduation Office at 323-343-3890 or email GraduationOffice@calstatela.edu.

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

The Cal State LA Alumni Association looks forward to your participation and your continued connection with the University. Members can enjoy benefits, which include newsletters, networking opportunities, consumer discounts, professional services, and family fun.

For more information, please visit the Cal State LA Alumni Association website, email alum@calstatela.edu, or call 323-343-2586.

VISUAL / AUDIO RELEASE

The California State University, Los Angeles Commencement ceremonies will be photographed and/or recorded. By attending the event, you agree and grant irrevocable permission to have your likeness, image, voice, and appearance photographed and recorded for any University business-related purpose and that the CSU owns the images and all rights related to them. The images may be used in any manner or media without notifying you, such as University-sponsored Web sites, publications, promotions, broadcasts, advertisements, posters, and theater slides, as well as for non-university uses. You waive any right to inspect or approve the finished images or any printed or electronic matter that may be used with them.

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All information, including Commencement related activities, are subject to change.
The information on this website is current and will continue to be updated based on the latest
public health protocols. Please visit the website regularly for the most up-to-date information.

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Updated: May 19, 2022