Commencement Details

Ceremony Details

Participants in commencement ceremonies must assemble one hour prior to the ceremony at Reeder Field, north of the University Athletics Stadium. Signs for the various degree groups will be posted in the assembly area at Reeder Field. The formal, degree-conferring college ceremonies begin promptly at:

     Friday, June 13, 2014
          8 a.m. College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology
          5 p.m. College of Business and Economics

     Saturday, June 14, 2014
          8 a.m. College of Arts and Letters
          2 p.m. College of Health and Human Services (Graduate)
          6 p.m. College of Health and Human Services (Undergraduate)

     Sunday, June 15
          8 a.m. College of Natural and Social Sciences
          5 p.m. Charter College of Education

Order of Events

Each college ceremony will begin with an academic procession. 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 groups 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.

Receipt of Diploma

Candidates will only receive 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 to the graduates within four-to-six weeks.


Ultimate Exposures, the official 2014 Cal State L.A. Commencement Ceremonies photographers, will be on the field taking pictures of the candidates on stage. However, Cal State L.A. 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 December 2013 and those who applied for graduation in Winter, Spring or Fall 2014 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, contact the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at (323) 343-3800 before April 18.

All graduates will received a program at Commencement. After the ceremony, copies of the program will be available (while quantities last) at the Alumni Association (U-SU 102) beginning June 23.

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.