Commencement Details

Ceremony Details

Participants in the commencement ceremonies must assemble and check-in at the designated area near the north bleachers at the University Athletics Stadium at least one hour and 30 minutes prior to the ceremony. There will be check-in tables for the graduating students to pick up their pre-printed name cards, which they will present to the name readers and photographers. The pre-printed name cards are only given to students who are eligible to participate, and completed their graduation application by the deadlines established by the Graduation Office. Signs for the various degree groups will be posted in the assembly area. The formal, degree-conferring college ceremonies last between 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
Friday, June 10, 2016
8:00 a.m.     College of Natural and Social Sciences (Natural Sciences)*
1:00 p.m.     College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology
5:30 p.m.     College of Natural and Social Sciences (Social Sciences)*
Saturday, June 11, 2016
8:00 a.m.     College of Health and Human Services (Undergraduate)
1:00 p.m.     Charter College of Education AND College of Health and Human Services (Graduate)
5:30 p.m.     College of Arts and Letters
Sunday, June 12, 2016
8:00 a.m.     College of Business and Economics
* Natural Sciences: Anthropology, Biology and Microbiology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Geography, Geology, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Physics, Astronomy, Psychology
* Social Sciences: Asian and Asian American Studies, Chicano Studies, History, Latin American Studies, Pan African, Political Science, Sociology


Order of Events

Each college ceremony will begin with an academic procession. It will then be followed by a 25-minute program that includes the National Anthem, greetings from President William A. Covino, the dean of the college, and selected speakers.

After the program, doctoral degrees will be conferred first. Then, candidates for the master’s degrees are presented by the graduate and college deans to the president of the university for degree conferral. Candidates will be escorted by section to the main stage where their names will be announced and they will be hooded by college faculty.

Candidates for bachelor’s degrees will be presented by their college deans to the president of the university for degree conferral. Candidates will be escorted by section to the main stage where their names will be announced and they will receive a diploma case.

Each ceremony concludes with the University Hymn and the recessional. Commencement end times will vary based on the size of the college.


Receipt of Diploma

Candidates will receive only a diploma case during the commencement exercises. After the Graduation Office verifies that the candidate has met the requirements for a degree, the graduate will receive a congratulatory letter and the diploma will be mailed within four-to-six weeks.



An official 2016 Cal State LA Commencement Ceremonies photographer will be on the field taking pictures of the candidates on stage. However, Cal State LA recognizes that many people will want to take their own pictures on this momentous occasion. Guests are welcome to bring cameras to all commencement activities, but please remain in your seat and be mindful not to disturb those around you.


Commencement Program Book

The names of those who received degrees in Fall 2015 and those who applied for graduation in Winter, Spring or Summer 2016 by the deadline dates noted in the Schedule of Classes will appear in the program. If a candidate does not want his/her name, degree and honor (if any) listed in the program, email no later than April 1, 2016.


Commencement Conduct and Expectations

Disruptive or inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. The rules below will be enforced at each of the ceremonies.

1)    No smoking or alcoholic beverages allowed. Inebriated students will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.
2)    Purses, bags, balloons, and beach balls will not be allowed in the student seating area.
3)    Students must stay until the end of the ceremony.


Emergency Provisions

First Aid will be provided by the Student Health Center. For medical care beyond first aid, individuals will be transported to the nearest hospital. Please contact the nearest usher or police officer for assistance.