DETAILS FOR GUESTS
Guest tickets can only be reserved by the graduating candidate. It is the graduating candidate's responsibility to reserve tickets during Grad Fair on April 10 and 11, 2019, or online starting April 22, 2019, at 8 a.m. (PT) until May 3, 2019, at 5 p.m. (PT). After the deadline date and time, guest tickets are no longer guaranteed to be available.
Please note that Commencement tickets are FREE and are not for sale. Tickets that are sold or bought are not authorized and are subject to invalidation by the University. Each ticket has a unique bar code and is specific to a ceremony. Once a bar code has been scanned, any copies of the same ticket will not be valid and will not allow entry into the gymnasium.
Once the venue reaches capacity, guests will be directed to the alternate viewing location at Golden Eagle Ballrooms 1 & 2 at the Golden Eagle building, 3rd floor, where each ceremony will be livestreamed. Guests who are unable to obtain a ticket can also watch the ceremony from this location. No tickets are required, seating is first-come, first-served.
From May 20 - 24, 2019, each ceremony will be livestreamed online. Guests who are unable to attend but still want to view the festivities can visit www.calstatela.edu and watch the ceremonies from their computer, laptop, or mobile device.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
For the safety and security of all our graduating candidates, guests, faculty and staff, all guests must pass through security at the designated entrance locations to the University Gymnasium. All bags are subject to search by security personnel, including purses, camera cases and diaper bags.
The following items will not be allowed inside the venue:
- Beach balls
- Bottles and cans
- Cigarettes and E-cigarettes (the University is a tobacco and vape-free campus)
- Flags with poles
- Food (baby food permitted)
- Large or oversized umbrellas (must fit in their bag)
- Large size purses, backpacks, satchels, and duffel bags
- Laser pointers
- Mega phones
- Pets (service animals are allowed)
- Signs larger than 16” x 20”
- Weapons (including chains, firearms, knives, spiked jewelry and belts, sticks)
The University Gymnasium is located inside the Physical Education building, at the Billie Jean King Sports Complex, at the center of the campus. There will be two (2) main guest entrances located in front of the venue. The west entrance is accessible off the main University walkway and across from the Administration building. This is the most accessible and convenient entrance for guests who parked at Structure C or Lot 5, or took the shuttle to the Lot 4 stop. The east entrance faces the Fine Arts and Engineering & Technology building. This is the most accessible and convenient entrance for guests who parked at Lot 8, or took the shuttle to the Lot 8 stop. The south entrance facing the pool will only be used after the ceremonies as an exit.
Guests are encouraged to arrive up to 90 minutes before the ceremonies to accommodate for traffic, parking, large crowds, and mobility. All doors open 75 minutes* prior to each ceremony with the elderly and people with disabilities seated first. Five minutes before the scheduled start time, entrances will close and will not reopen until after the national anthem.
* Subject to change due to weather or if the previous ceremony runs late.
Ushers will seat guests by sections until filled. Saving seats are not permitted. Parties should enter together.
Accessible seating is located throughout the gymnasium and is available on first-come basis for guests with mobility impairments and one companion. If you need assistance, please ask the nearest usher.
SIGN LANGUAGE AND CLOSED CAPTIONING
Sign language interpreters will be on stage and projected on the jumbo screens during each Commencement ceremony. Closed captioning will also be projected on the jumbo screens inside the gymnasium.
Commencement at Cal State LA is a time for you to recognize and celebrate the academic achievement and success of your graduating family member or friend. We ask for your help in making these ceremonies a positive experience for everyone. Misconduct by a few would be disrupting to the graduating candidates, faculty, and guests who expect and deserve a safe, orderly, and dignified ceremony.
All guests attending Commencement are expected to stay for the entire duration of the ceremony. Each ceremony is about 1 hour and 30 minutes in length. Please plan accordingly.
In addition, all Cal State LA Commencement ceremonies are alcohol, drug, smoke, vapor and tobacco-free events, and disorderly behavior will not be tolerated and will be strictly enforced.
During Commencement, there will be a first aid tent located near the Student Health Center. Graduates and guests requiring onsite first aid are welcome to visit as needed. Emergency and ambulance services will be on call and onsite and can be activated by any of the Commencement staff.
HONOR YOUR GRADUATE
Pledge $20.19 or more to support the Cal State LA Fund to honor your graduate. The name of your graduate will scroll on the jumbo screens before the ceremony starts. Your gift will be used to support the University's highest priorities.
Type the message: LA2019 <space> GIFT AMOUNT <space> GRADUATE'S NAME
Example: LA2019 $20.19 John Doe
Click SEND and you will receive a text message thanking you for your pledge and giving you instructions to make your gift.
Click on the link in the message to complete your donation!
After the ceremonies, graduates and their guests are encouraged to take photos at one of the designated photo locations on campus:
- John F. Kennedy Memorial Library East walkway (across from King Hall)
- In front of the University Bookstore
For your convenience, below is a list of hotels that are within close proximity to the Cal State LA campus.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
Tel: (626) 584-3201