Commencement Details

Ceremony Details

Graduating candidates must check-in at the designated area near the north bleachers at the University Athletics Stadium at least 1 1/2  hours prior to the ceremony to get their pre-printed name cards and to be pre-seated. Candidates must bring a valid photo ID (university or government issued) for verification. Only eligible candidates will be able to participate and be pre-seated. Check-in and pre-seating will close 5 minutes before the ceremony. If you arrive after this time, you will not be able to sit until after the National Anthem. Please allow 2 to 2 1/2 hours for each ceremony.
Thursday, June 9, 2016   
3 p.m.          College of Health and Human Services (Graduate) and
College of Natural and Social Sciences (Graduate)
Friday, June 10, 2016
8 a.m.          College of Business and Economics (Graduate and Undergraduate)
1 p.m.          College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology (Graduate and Undergraduate)
5:30 p.m.     College of Natural and Social Sciences (Undergraduate)
Saturday, June 11, 2016
8 a.m.          Charter College of Education (Graduate and Undergraduate)
11:30 a.m.   College of Arts and Letters (Graduate and Undergraduate)
4 p.m.          College of Health and Human Services (Undergraduate)

Order of Events

Each college ceremony will begin with an academic procession by faculty and the platform party. It will then be followed by a 20-minute program that includes the National Anthem, greetings from President William A. Covino, the dean of the college, and a selected speaker.

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 be hooded and then directed toward the main stage where their names will be announced.

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, which 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 (and approved) 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.

The name listed on your GET account will be the name printed on the program book AND on the name card for the name readers. If your name is incorrect, please download, print and submit Bio/Demo Change Form to the Student Affairs building, room 101, no later than April 15, 2016. Name corrections received after the deadline date cannot be guaranteed to be on the program book AND name card.


Commencement Conduct and Expectations

  1. Disruptive and/or inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. Graduating candidates who are disorderly will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.
  2. Graduating candidates are expected to stay until the end of the ceremony.
  3. No smoking (including electronic cigarettes) or alcoholic beverages allowed. Inebriated candidates will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.
  4. Purses, bags, balloons, and beach balls will not be allowed in the seating area for graduating candidates.
  5. The Commencement ceremonies are outdoors and the month of June can be warm/hot. Please wear sunscreen and dress accordingly and appropriately.


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.