2020 Commencement

2020 COMMENCEMENT

SCHEDULE

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.

ELIGIBILITY

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:

  1. File to graduate for the eligible declared graduation terms by the corresponding deadlines listed in the Eligible Declared Graduation Terms section, or by April 1, 2020. Candidates who submit a graduation application after April 1, 2020 will no longer be listed in the Commencement program.

  2. 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.

  3. Have not participated in the Cal State LA Commencement ceremonies for the same degree and major from previous years.

  4. Register to participate in the Commencement ceremonies and reserve guest tickets online in April 2020.

ELIGIBLE DECLARED GRADUATION TERMS

Fall 2019 Semester
Undergraduate Degrees: Application Deadline March 1, 2019
Doctoral and Graduate Degrees: Application Deadline June 15, 2019
 
Winter 2020 Intersession
Undergraduate Degrees: Application Deadline September 1, 2019
Doctoral and Graduate Degrees: Application Deadline September 15, 2019
 
Spring 2020 Semester
Undergraduate Degrees: Application Deadline October 15, 2019
Doctoral and Graduate Degrees: Application Deadline November 15, 2019
 
Summer 2020 Term
Undergraduate Degrees: Application Deadline February 1, 2020

Doctoral and Graduate Degrees: Application Deadline February 15, 2020

IMPORTANT: As listed on the Graduation Office website, there is a $25 late filing fee in addition to the $20 application and $10 diploma fee when a graduation application is filed after the corresponding deadline dates listed above. Please note that graduating candidates will not be able to register for courses beyond the declared graduation term. 

REGISTRATION AND TICKETS

Eligible graduating candidates will be able to register and reserve guest tickets online in April 2020. Additional information regarding registration and ticketing will be posted in late fall including ticket allocation. Due to safety and capacity constraints, all guests attending Commencement, including infants and children, will be required to possess a ticket in order to gain admittance to the University Gymnasium.

NAME VERIFICATION

DIPLOMA

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. 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.

COMMENCEMENT

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:

  • Commencement tickets
  • Name listing on the Commencement program
  • Name reading

Name changes will not be accommodated during the 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 1, 2020 to reflect for Commencement.

COMMENCEMENT NOTIFICATIONS

Commencement notifications will be sent out to eligible graduating candidates via email (Cal State LA and personal email address) in early January 2020 for fall 2019 graduates, late January 2020 for 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. In addition, please make sure to forward your Cal State LA email address to your personal email address.