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Details for Guests


All guests ages 2 and older will be required to possess a ticket in order to gain admittance to the Commencement Pavilion. Infants (under 2 years old) will not require a ticket if seated on a parent or guardian’s lap. Each guest ticket has a unique bar code. Once scanned, copies of the same ticket will not be valid.

Guest tickets can only be reserved by the graduating candidate. It is the graduating candidate’s responsibility to reserve tickets during the open registration period from April 15 at 9 a.m. (PT) to May 4 at 5 p.m. (PT) through the MarchingOrder online ticketing platform. After the deadline date, reservation of guest tickets is no longer guaranteed.

Each graduating candidate is allotted four (4) guest tickets for their ceremony during the online registration period listed above.


Unclaimed guest tickets, if available, will be distributed online via the same ticketing platform on May 9. Additional information will be posted once registration and ticketing closes. Please note that the availability of additional guest tickets is dependent on guest participation as it relates to venue capacity.


Tickets cannot be requested via email and can only be acquired online by the graduating candidate during the registration period. It is each graduating candidate's responsibility to register to participate and reserve guest tickets in a timely manner. After ticketing has closed, graduating candidates can still request to participate but are no longer guaranteed guest tickets due to venue capacity.

Commencement guest tickets are free and cannot be bought or sold. Under no circumstance should an exchange of money occur for tickets. Tickets that are bought or sold will be invalidated by the University.


The Commencement Pavilion is a festive shaded structure that will be built on the north side of campus in Lot 5. There will be one (1) main guest entrance located across from Parking Structure E on Lot 5.

Guests are encouraged to arrive up to 90 minutes before the ceremonies to accommodate for traffic, parking, large crowds, and mobility. The Commencement Pavilion will open 75 minutes* prior to each ceremony. Five minutes before the scheduled start time, entrances will close and will not reopen until after the national anthem.

Subject to change due to weather or if the previous ceremony runs late.


The University will be livestreaming the ceremonies starting on May 23. Anyone can watch through the Cal State LA website or the Cal State LA YouTube channel.

Cal State LA is providing an alternate on-campus viewing location where guests can watch the livestream of each ceremony during Commencement 2022. The alternate viewing location is in the Golden Eagle Ballrooms. The Golden Eagle Ballrooms are located on the third floor of the Golden Eagle building across from the University Bookstore. This location will not require tickets, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.




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 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.


For the safety of all our graduating candidates, guests, faculty, and staff, all guests must pass through security at the entrance. 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


The majority of seating inside the Commencement Pavilion is stadium bleacher-style seating.  All seating is first come, first served. Due to capacity, guests can only hold seats for their companions for 15 minutes. If seats are still unoccupied after 15 minutes, then crowd control personnel will direct other guests to those seats. 


The first row of all bleachers will be marked as priority seating for guests with accessibility seating needs or the elderly. There will be some chairs available on the main floor of the venue. All aisle seating in this area is designated as accessible seating and will be clearly marked.


If you require a wheelchair, please make arrangements on your own according to specific needs. Wheelchairs are not available on campus.


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.


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.


Each ceremony will run from 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours. The order of events may vary for each Commencement ceremony, but 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


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.


Out of respect for all our graduating candidates and their friends and family, all guests attending the Commencement ceremonies must stay for the entire duration of the ceremony. Please plan accordingly. In addition, any disruptive behavior will not be tolerated and will result in the guest being escorted off the premises. Please note that there is no smoking, including e-cigarettes, on campus.


After the ceremonies, graduates and their guests are encouraged to take photos at the designated photo locations across from the Commencement Pavilion.


The California State University, Los Angeles Commencement ceremonies will be photographed and/or recorded. By entering the event space, you grant permission to California State University (CSU), its employees and agents, to take and use visual/audio images of you. Visual/audio images are any type of recording, including photographs, digital images, drawings, renderings, voices, sounds, video recordings, audio clips or accompanying written descriptions. CSU will not materially alter the original images. You agree that 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 websites, 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.


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