Local and state government officials have enacted restrictions on public gatherings to promote social distancing and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. To comply with these orders and protect the health and safety of our community, we have suspended all events at Cal State LA until further notice. The California State University system also has directed all campuses to cancel public events including Commencement.
Given the restrictions in place because of COVID-19, Cal State LA plans to schedule Commencement 2020 for a later time when we can gather safely and in accordance with public health orders. We will determine the date and the parameters of the event based on the guidance of public health officials.
Yes, students will still graduate and earn their degrees. Graduation applications and fees must be submitted online to avoid face-to-face interactions. Please visit the Graduation Office website for instructions.
Yes, you will still receive your diploma. Grades are assigned by faculty members and submitted to the Records Office a week after the end of final examination week. You will receive your diploma by mail after official certification that you have successfully completed all degree requirements. Please allow up to four weeks for the Graduation Office to review your application.
Will undergraduate students still receive their honor cords?
As soon as we are able to provide additional information on how and when we can distribute the honor cords safely, the Class of 2020 will be notified. As posted on the Graduation Office website, to be eligible for honors, an undergraduate student must have completed a minimum of 45 units in residence at Cal State LA and have attained the appropriate standing (in terms of cumulative grade point average earned at Cal State LA) as described below:
- Summa Cum Laude: GPA equal to or greater than 3.9
- Magna Cum Laude: GPA equal to or greater than 3.75 but less than 3.9
- Cum Laude: GPA equal to or greater than 3.5 but less than 3.75
All students attaining these minimum grade point averages will be awarded the corresponding honors upon conferral of degree. Please note that the recognition page is based on what was provided as of May 14, 2020. All final honor designations on your transcript will be based on final grades and verification by the Graduation Office.
Will undergraduate and graduate students still be able to get their regalia and Commencement related merchandise?
Through the University Bookstore’s regalia vendor, Oak Hall, graduating students can order their cap and gown online by clicking here. For the degree hood color chart, please click here.
Sashes and other Commencement related merchandise are available to order at the University Bookstore’s website.