Graduation Information

Master's or Doctoral Degree Candidates

Graduate students are required to apply and pay for a graduation check by the deadline listed below. You must apply for graduation online via your Titan Online Student Center. You must be a currently enrolled Classified student at CSUF to apply for graduation. The $115 non-refundable graduation fee must be paid IMMEDIATELY after applying for the graduation check online. You will be required to pay the graduation fee before you can become a candidate for graduation or participate in commencement.  Please note that the $115 graduation fee cannot be waived, refunded, or prorated. However, if you need to change your graduation date to a different semester, you will not need to repay the graduation fee.

Applying for Graduation Online

How to Apply for a Graduation Check:

  1. Log in to the Student Portal (www.fullerton.edu).
  2. Go to the “Student Homepage.”
  3. Click on the “Academic Records” tile.
  4. Select Apply/Pay for Graduation from the left menu.
  5. Select your current Academic Graduate Program.
  6. Use the drop-down menu to select your expected graduation term and click continue.  Choosing the incorrect semester will cause issues with your grad check application; please confirm you are clicking the correct semester.
  7. Review the graduation instructions, then click continue.
  8. Verify the information listed is correct, then click Submit Application. (Please note your graduation check application is incomplete until you pay the $115 graduation fee.)
  9. Click Pay Fee. Follow the steps on the screen to pay your $115 graduation/diploma fee. Choosing the incorrect payment semester will cause issues with your grad check application including in some cases cancellation; please confirm you are clicking the correct semester. If you have questions about the payment process, please contact Student Business Services (SBS) at 657-278-2495 or sbs@fullerton.edu.

How to Verify the Status of your Graduation Check:

  1. Log in on the Student Portal (www.fullerton.edu).
  2. Go to the “Student Homepage.”
  3. Click on the “Academic Records” tile.
  4. Select Graduation Status from the left menu.
  5. Approximately 24 hours after you have applied AND paid for your grad check, the Graduation Status will be changed from “Applied for Graduation” to "Candidate” instead.  This “Candidate” designation is required to process your degree award.

If you have any questions about the online grad check application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 657-278-2618 or gradstudiesrecept@fullerton.edu.

If you need additional help making the payment, please contact Student Business Services (SBS) at 657-278-2495 or sbs@fullerton.edu.  A video tutorial on “How to Make a Payment Online” is also available on the Student Business Services (SBS) website: https://sbs.fullerton.edu/services/payments/Default.php

Graduation/Diploma Fee Payment

There is a $115 non-refundable graduation/diploma fee which must be paid IMMEDIATELY after you apply for the online grad check in order to become a “Candidate” for graduation. The “Candidate” designation is required to process the degree award.  A video tutorial on “How to Make a Payment Online” is available on the Student Business Services (SBS) website: https://sbs.fullerton.edu/services/payments/Default.php. If you need additional help making the payment, please reach out directly to SBS at 657-278-2495 or sbs@fullerton.edu. Please note that the $115 graduation fee cannot be waived, refunded, or prorated. 

Changing Graduation Date

If you need to change your graduation date in the computer system to a different semester, then you can do so by submitting a Graduation Date Change FormOpens in new window . A $10 non-refundable fee will be charged to your student account by Student Business Services (SBS) every time you change your graduation date.

Commencement

Once you have applied online for a grad check and paid the $115 graduation fee to officially become a graduation candidate, you are eligible to participate in commencement. If you are a graduation candidate for January 2024 (Fall 2023), May 2024 or August 2024, you will be eligible to participate in the May 2024 commencement. If you are a graduation candidate for January 2025 (Fall 2024), May 2025 or August 2025, you will be eligible to participate in the May 2025 commencement. Please see the commencement website  for detailed information about the ceremonies.