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. (PST) until May 3, 2019, at 5 p.m. (PST). After the deadline date, guest tickets are no longer guaranteed.
Due to safety, security, and capacity constraints all guests attending the ceremonies, including infants and children, will require a ticket to enter the venue. 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.
Please note that Commencement tickets are FREE and are not for sale. Tickets that are sold or bought are not authorized by the University and are subject to invalidation by the University.
Guests who are unable to obtain a ticket can view the ceremonies at Golden Eagle Ballrooms 1 & 2 at the Golden Eagle building, 3rd floor. Each ceremony will be livestreamed. No tickets are required for this venue. 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)
- Laser pointers
- Mega phones
- Mid to large size purses, backpacks, satchels, and duffel bags
- Pets (except for service animals)
- 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.
To accommodate all ticketed guests, ushers will seat guests by sections until filled. Due to capacity, guests can only hold seats for their companions for 15 minutes. If seats are still unoccupied after 15 minutes, ushers will direct other guests to those seats.
Accessible seating is located throughout the main gym 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.
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 walkway (across from the ATM machines)
- 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.
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Tel: (626) 584-3201