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 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 begin promptly at:

     Friday, June 12, 2015
          8 a.m.  College of Business and Economics
          1 p.m.  Charter College of Education
          5:30 p.m.  College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology

     Saturday, June 13, 2015
          8 a.m.  College of Health and Human Services (Undergraduate)
          1 p.m.  College of Health and Human Services (Graduate)
          4:30 p.m.  College of Natural and Social Sciences

     Sunday, June 14, 2015
          9:30 a.m.  College of Arts and Letters


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 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 2015 Cal State L.A. Commencement Ceremonies photographer, 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 2014 and those who applied for graduation in Winter, Spring or Summer 2015 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 University Events Manager Office at (323) 343-3056 before April 17, 2015.

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 22, 2015.


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.


Designated speakers for each College

     Friday, June 12, 2015
          College of Business and Economics (8 a.m.)
  • Keynote Speaker: Christopher Gardner, author of the New York Times’ bestseller, The Pursuit of Happyness
  • Student Speaker: Mohamed A. Khenifer (healthcare management major)
          Charter College of Education (1 p.m.)
  • Keynote Speaker: Alice Petrossian, Cal State L.A. alumna and former assistant superintendent of educational services for the Glendale Unified School
  • Student Speakers: Anna De Alto Tilles (educational leadership major) and Luis EcheverriaNewberry (counseling major)
          College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology (5:30 p.m.)
  • Student Speaker: Arsine Baghdasarian (mechanical and manufacturing engineer major)
  • Keynote Speaker: Isaac Larian, Cal State L.A. alum and owner of MGA Entertainment, whose products include the Bratz, Moxy Girlz and Teenz and other successful toy lines.

     Saturday, June 13, 2015
          College of Health and Human Services - Undergraduate (8 a.m.)

  • Student Speaker: Thao-Tammy Ly (nursing major)

          College of Health and Human Services - Graduate (1 p.m.)

  • Student Speaker: Kathleen Sacco (nursing major)

          College of Natural and Social Sciences (4:30 p.m.)

  • Student Speaker: Gabriela Martinez (sociology major and creative writing minor)
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Melanie Osby, Cal State L.A. alumna; pathology lab director at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science; physician in the L.A. County and USC Healthcare Network

     Sunday, June 14, 2015
          College of Arts and Letters (9:30 a.m.)

  • Student Speaker: Brian Hy (communication studies major)