It is the graduating candidate’s responsibility to reserve and distribute tickets to their guests in a timely manner. Each guest, including children, will be required to possess a ticket in order to gain admittance to the University Gymnasium. 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 venue.
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.
In spring, candidates who graduated fall 2019 semester and winter 2020 intersession, and projected graduates for spring 2020 semester, and summer 2020 term will be invited to attend Grad Fair at the Golden Eagle Ballroom on April 8 and 9, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please note that this is not the only time that tickets can be reserved. Grad Fair is the first opportunity for eligible graduating candidates to register to participate in the ceremonies and reserve guest tickets.
AFTER GRAD FAIR
Eligible graduating candidates who missed Grad Fair, and were unable to register to participate and reserve guest tickets, will be able to register online in the Registration / Ticket Reservation section. Online registration starts on April 20, 2020, at 9 a.m. (PT) until May 1, 2020, at 5 p.m. (PT). After May 1 at 5 p.m. (PT), registration to participate and reservation of guest tickets will no longer be guaranteed.
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 18 - 22, 2020, 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.
Each graduating candidate is allotted a specific amount of tickets during Grad Fair OR during the online registration period. After the ticketing deadline, guest tickets and allocation are no longer guaranteed. Due to capacity constraints and high participation, ticket allocation will be between 5 - 7 tickets based on the college size. Below are the ticket allocation numbers per college:
- College of Arts and Letters – 7 tickets
- College of Business and Economics – 6 tickets
- Charter College of Education – 6 tickets
- College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology – 7 tickets
- Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services – 5 tickets
- College of Natural and Social Sciences – 6 tickets
Graduating candidates can request up to two (2) tickets for accessible seating for their guests. This is not in addition to their allocation but part of their ticket allotment. Accessible seating tickets will allow the guests early entrance and priority seating. Please note that guests without accessibility tickets are not guaranteed or can request to be seated next to their party with accessible tickets.
ONLINE REGISTRATION TO PARTICIPATE AND RESERVATION OF GUEST TICKETS
April 20, 2020, at 9 a.m. (PT) until May 1, 2020, at 5 p.m. (PT)
Please click on the ticket icon and follow the instructions. After the deadline date, reservation of guest tickets are no longer guaranteed. It is the candidate’s responsibility to register to participate and reserve tickets in a timely manner.
Link will be available on April 20, 2020 at 9 a.m. (PT)
Additional tickets are not guaranteed to be available for all ceremonies. After May 1, 2020, all unused tickets (if available) will be pooled. Candidates who reserved during Grad Fair OR during the open registration period will receive an email notification on Monday, May 4, regarding additional tickets status and instructions.
Additional tickets cannot be requested via email and will only be available during a specific date. Additional tickets (if available) will only be distributed on Friday, May 8, 2020, online at 9 a.m. (PT) until 5 p.m. (PT) or until quantities last (whichever comes first). Tickets are first come, first served and once they are all reserved, no additional tickets will be distributed.