Frequently Asked Questions
- What is University Commencement Ceremony?
- What are the College / Department Ceremony?
- Do I need tickets?
- How many tickets do I get?
- Is my student parking permit valid for Commencement weekend parking?
- How do I complete my Grad Check?
- How do I know if I am eligible to walk at the Commencement Ceremonies?
- How long will the ceremonies last?
What is the University Commencement Ceremony?
The University Commencement Ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. on Sunday. It features addresses from a distinguished keynote speaker, CSUF President Dr. Mildred García, and other dignitaries. This ceremony will begin with a formal processional of all graduates and end with a recessional on the lawn north of the gym. Tickets are not required to attend this ceremony.
What are the College / Department Ceremonies?
Following the University Ceremony, each college will have smaller ceremonies for graduates. Depending on the size of the college, some ceremonies will be by college and others will be split into smaller ceremonies by departments. Find out where your college/department ceremony will take place: College Ceremonies.
Do I Need Tickets?
Your guests will need tickets for the college/department ceremony. They will not need tickets for the 8 a.m. University Ceremony.
How Many Tickets Can I Get?
Depending upon venue size and predicted attendance, graduates will receive between five and eight tickets for their guests. If you have further questions regarding tickets, contact your college coordinator.
Is My Student Parking Permit Valid for Commencement Weekend Parking?
Student parking permits will not be valid for on-campus parking on May 25 and 26. On-campus parking is restricted to carpools of 3 or more people per car who have a Commencement Parking Pass during Commencement Weekend (May 25 - 26). You may pick up 2 Commencement Parking Passes for your guests and a name card (used for the speaker as you cross the stage at the college graduation ceremony) at GradFest at Titan Shops (4/9-11); TitanCard located in the Pollak Library (4/8-5/24); and at the Irvine Campus (4/8-5/24). Students are encouraged to carpool with their guests. Non-carpools and those without Commencement Parking Passes will be directed to near-by off-campus parking (ie. Western College of Law, Hope University, etc). Please park only in areas designated by campus police and parking officers. Do not park in any of the strip mall parking lots surrounding campus. In the past, our guests’ cars have been towed.
How Do I Complete My Grad Check?
Please follow the steps to graduation for specific deadlines and more information.
How Do I Know If I Am Eligible to Walk at the Commencement Ceremonies?
Once you have completed your Grad Check (January 2013, June 2013, or August 2013) through Admissions and Records, you are eligible to participate in the Commencement Ceremonies. You will not receive any further information from Admissions and Records regarding Commencement. Updated information regarding the commencement ceremonies can be found at this website.
How Long Will the Ceremonies Last?
All Commencement ceremonies and activities will be completed by noon on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. The 8 a.m. University Ceremony should be completed by approximately 9:30 a.m. and the college graduations will immediately follow. If you do not plan to attend the University Ceremony, please arrive as early as possible as traffic and parking become congested. All college ceremonies will conclude by noon.