Registration and Ticketing

Registration & Ticketing
Ticketing InformationTicket AllotmentRegistration & Ticketing ReservationAdditional Tickets


In early March, candidates who submitted their graduation application during the appropriate deadlines, and were approved to graduate for Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, and Summer 2018 will be invited to attend Grad Fair at the Golden Eagle Ballroom on March 20 and 21, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Grad Fair will be the first opportunity for eligible graduating candidates to register to participate in the Commencement ceremonies and to reserve guest tickets.
Instructions during Grad Fair:
  1. Swipe your Cal State LA I.D. (if candidate does not have their Cal State LA I.D., enter the CIN number in the entry field)
  2. Click on the ceremony or ceremonies that you are assigned to.
  3. Reserve the number of guest tickets needed based on your allotment.
  4. Click on Process Order.
  5. Once tickets have been reserved, please log out. There is NO printing at the event and the tickets are automatically emailed to the candidate's Cal State LA email address. For fall 2017 and winter 2018 applicants, make sure to forward your Cal State LA email address to an email address you use regularly. Depending on the security setting of your email address, sometimes confirmation emails are forwarded to your spam folder.

If a candidate receive an error message during Grad Fair, his/her graduation application must have been submitted after February 26, 2018, OR still under review.

Graduating candidates who missed Grad Fair, and were unable to register to participate and reserve guest tickets, will be able to register online by simply following the reservation instructions below in the Registration / Ticket Reservation section. Online registration starts on April 2, 2018, at 8 a.m. (PST) until May 4, 2018, at 5 p.m. (PST). After May 4 at 5 p.m. (PST), registration to participate and reservation of guest tickets will no longer be guaranteed. Each guest, including children, will be required to possess a ticket in order to gain admittance to the University Gymnasium. 
Guests who are unable to obtain a ticket can view the ceremonies at the Golden Eagle Ballrooms 1 & 2, which is located on the third floor of the Golden Eagle building. Each ceremony will be livestreamed. No tickets are required for this venue. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

From May 21 – 25, 2018, each ceremony will be livestreamed online. Guests who are unable to attend but would like to view the festivities can visit and watch the ceremonies from their computer, laptop, or mobile device.

IMPORTANT: ALL guests including children will require a ticket to enter. Please note that Commencement tickets are FREE and are not for sale. 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. Tickets that are sold or bought are not authorized by the University and the authenticity of these tickets cannot be guaranteed. It is the graduating candidate’s responsibility to reserve and distribute tickets to their guests.


Each graduating candidate who reserves their tickets during Grad Fair OR during the online registration period from April 2, 2018, at 8 a.m. (PST) until May 4, 2018, at 5 p.m. (PST) will be allocated between 6 - 8 tickets depending on the size of the college. The maximum ticket allotment per ceremony is listed below. Tickets are specific to a ceremony and are non-transferable to other ceremonies. After the ticketing deadline, participation, guest tickets and ticket allocation are no longer guaranteed.
Maximum Ticket Allocation per Ceremony:
Ceremony 1: 8 tickets
Ceremony 2: 8 tickets
Ceremony 3: 8 tickets
Ceremony 4: 7 tickets
Ceremony 5: 7 tickets
Ceremony 6: 7 tickets
Ceremony 7: 6 tickets
Ceremony 8: 6 tickets
Ceremony 9: 6 tickets
Ceremony 10: 7 tickets
Ceremony 11: 7 tickets
Ceremony 12: 7 tickets
Ceremony 13: 7 tickets
Ceremony 14: 7 tickets

If a candidate has a double major during the same ceremony, the candidate will only receive the maximum allocation as listed. If the candidate has a double major but at two different ceremonies, the candidate can attend both and receive the ticket allocation for each ceremony. Tickets are non-transferable to other ceremonies.


By reserving guest tickets, you are confirming to participate in the 2018 Commencement ceremonies. After the deadline date, candidate participation and reservation of guest tickets will no longer be guaranteed. It is the candidate's responsibility to register to participate and reserve tickets in a timely manner.

Reserving Commencement Tickets
  1. Click on the ticket icon on the left.
  2. Enter your Cal State LA email address as your username. For DNP candidates, enter the alternate email address that you provided to Cal State LA.
  3. Enter your CIN as your password. For DNP candidates, enter your student I.D. number.
  4. Click on the ceremony or ceremonies that you are assigned to.
  5. Reserve the number of guest tickets you are allotted.
  6. Click on Process Order until reservation is finalized.
  7. To view your ticket reservations, simply click on the "My Tickets" tab on the top bar.


If you need more than the maximum allotted tickets for your ceremony, you may be able to obtain them from fellow graduating candidates who will not use their full allotment.

Starting April 2, 2018, until May 4, 2018, the Cal State LA Alumni Association Facebook page will have a forum for graduating candidates to exchange tickets with one another. In the forum, simply post if you have tickets to exchange OR need tickets. You may only exchange with peers who are participating in the same ceremony. Candidates must print out their extra tickets and exchange them with their fellow candidates at the University-Student Union Lobby Seating Area, Monday - Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The ticketing exchange is not monitored or staffed. We recommend that exchanges ONLY happen during the dates and times listed above at the designated location for your own security and safety.

After the deadline to register to participate in Commencement and reserve guest tickets on May 4, 2018, unclaimed tickets (if any) will be available online on Friday, May 11, 2018, from 8 a.m. (PST) until 5 p.m. (PST). Only graduating candidates who registered to participate in Commencement during Grad Fair or during the online registration from April 2, 2018, until May 4, 2018, will be able to log in to the e-ticket site and claim an additional ticket(s) on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that extra tickets are not guaranteed to be available for all candidates and ceremonies, and the amount of tickets each candidate is able to reserve will be dependent on what is available.  

IMPORTANT: Please note that extra tickets can only be requested through Ticket Exchange or online on May 11, 2018. Extra tickets are NOT GUARANTEED.


Commencement Hotline: (323) 343-4723  |

All information is subject to change. Please visit the website regularly for the most up-to-date information.
Updated: March 15, 2018