The California State University, Los Angeles 2020 Commencement ceremonies are scheduled from May 18 - 22, 2020, at the University Gymnasium, inside the Physical Education building, at the Billie Jean Sports Complex. The full schedule with the individual college-based ceremonies will be posted in late fall 2019. Please check back in late November or early December for updates.
Commencement is the ceremony in which (major) degrees are conferred on candidates who are eligible to graduate for a given term. To be eligible to participate in the 2020 Commencement ceremonies, graduating candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
File to graduate for the eligible declared graduation terms by April 3, 2020. Please note that there is a late fee when a graduation application is filed after the corresponding deadline listed in the Eligible Declared Graduation Terms section. Candidates who submit an application after April 3, 2020 are still eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremonies but will no longer be listed in the Commencement program.
Be on track to complete all degree requirements by the end of the eligible declared graduation terms. To officially graduate from Cal State LA, students must satisfy all university, college, and departmental requirements for a specific degree.
Have not participated in the Cal State LA Commencement ceremonies for the same degree and major in previous years.
Register to participate in the Commencement ceremonies and reserve guest tickets online by a given date in spring 2020.
ELIGIBLE DECLARED GRADUATION TERMS
Doctoral and Graduate Degrees: Application Deadline February 15, 2020
The following information is as listed on the Office of the Registrar's website.
Your name as it appears on your official Cal State LA records including special marks that are clearly indicated on your Graduation Application. An approved Preferred First Name may be used on a diploma if requested by you on the graduation application, otherwise your primary (legal) name shall be used.
Cal State LA recognizes that some students may wish to use a Preferred First Name other than their legal name to identify themselves. The university acknowledges that a Preferred First Name can and should be used where possible in the course of university business and education. For more information regarding preferred first name change request, please click here. Please take a moment to review this page and see if using a Preferred First Name is right for you.
To officially update your name including your last name, you must submit a Bio/Demo Name Change Form to ADM 409.
For Commencement purposes, the name as it appears on your official Cal State LA records including special marks that are clearly indicated on your Graduation Application will be used for the following:
Name listing on the Commencement program
Name changes will not be accommodated during the actual Commencement ceremonies and must be submitted in advance. Candidates must submit a Preferred First Name Request and/or Bio/Demo Name Change no later than April 3, 2020 to reflect for Commencement.
Commencement notifications will be sent out to eligible graduating candidates via email (Cal State LA and personal email address) in early February 2020 for fall 2019 and winter 2020 graduates, and mid-March 2020 for projected spring 2020 and summer 2020 graduates
To ensure receipt of the notifications, please navigate to "Campus Personal Information" on your GET profile to update your personal email address before you submit your graduation application. For fall 2019 and winter 2020 graduates, please make sure to forward your Cal State LA email address to your personal email address.