Frequently Asked Questions
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- Who is eligible to participate in Commencement 2012?
- Where can I ask questions about degree requirements and graduation?
- Are tickets required for admission to the Commencement exercises?
- Where can I obtain my admission tickets?
- Where do I purchase announcements?
- What should I do if I am concerned that my disability may interfere with my participation in the Commencement exercises?
- May small children attend Commencement?
- What should candidates do now if they wish to participate in the June 15 or June 16 Commencement? Is attendance compulsory?
- Will the names of candidates who do not attend Commencement Exercises appear in the program?
- Where can I obtain a cap and gown?
- How much does it cost to purchase academic attire?
- What is the correct way to wear academic attire?
- Will there be a Commencement rehearsal? If so, when and where?
- On Commencement Day, after students have donned their academic attire, where do they go and what do they do?
- What is the schedule of events for Commencement Day?
- What happens at the Commencement Exercises?
- What is expected of graduates during Commencement?
- What do candidates do as their degrees are conferred?
- Do candidates receive their diplomas at Commencement?
- Where should I tell my family and friends to meet me after the ceremonies?
- Where may we park?
- Do I need to make special parking arrangements for my guests who have limited mobility or other physical limitations?
- Is there special seating for disabled individuals?
- What provisions have been made for emergency health care during Commencement?
- What about cameras? May we take pictures?
- Where may we dine on campus?
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Who is eligible to participate in Commencement 2012?A:
All undergraduate and graduate students who received a degree from Cal State L.A. in Fall 2011 (December) and those who have submitted a graduation application during the filing periods listed in the quarterly Schedule of Classes, for the Winter, Spring, or Summer 2012 Quarters are eligible and welcome to participate in Commencement activities.
Where can I ask questions about degree requirements and graduation?A:
All questions about degree requirements and eligibility should be directed to your major department or division; questions about diplomas and the like should be directed to the Graduation Office, (323) 343–3840.Q:
Are tickets required for admission to the Commencement exercises?A:
YES. Each candidate will be allowed only five (5) tickets to the Commencement Exercises. Children over eight will require an admission ticket.Q:
Where can I obtain my admission tickets?A:
Free Admission Tickets (five per candidate) will be available at Grad Fair 2012 on April 11 and April 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Gymnasium, and at the University Bookstore from May 1 to June 14 between 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Friday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Photo I.D. must be presented at the time of pick up.
Where do I purchase announcements?A:
You may purchase printed announcements for mailing to relatives and friends at the University Bookstore. The ten-pack includes envelopes and enclosures. Personalized announcements are available at the University Bookstore or online at cbgrad.com. The cost is $53.00 for a package of 25. Allow three weeks for delivery of personalized announcements. Please note: announcements are NOT tickets for admission to the ceremony.Q:
What should I do if I am concerned that my disability may interfere with my participation in the Commencement Exercises?A:
If you have a disability that may need accommodating during the Commencement Exercises, please contact the Office for Students with Disabilities (Administration, Rm. 127, 323–343–3140) and speak with a counselor by May 14. A sign language interpreter will be on stage and on the jumbo screen throughout the exercises.
May small children attend Commencement?A:
Yes. Small children who are accustomed to sitting still without disturbing those around them are welcome. Strollers must be stored as directed. Children over eight require an admission ticket; no children will be allowed to sit with graduates.Q:
What should candidates do now if they wish to participate in the June 15 or June 16 Commencement? Is attendance compulsory?A:
Application or registration is not necessary and attendance is not compulsory but is strongly encouraged. Candidates need only obtain a cap and gown from the University Bookstore (first floor, Golden Eagle), attend a student rehearsal, and come to campus on Friday, June 15 for Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement for the Charter College of Education, College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology and the College of Health and Human Services or Saturday, June 16 for Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement for the College of Arts and Letters, College of Business and Economics, and the College of Natural and Social Sciences.
Will the names of candidates who do not attend Commencement Exercises appear in the program?A:
Yes. The names of those who received degrees in December 2011 and those who formally applied for a degree to be awarded in March, June, or September 2012 (provided the Graduation Office received the graduation application by the deadline dates noted in the Schedule of Classes) will appear in the program.
Candidates who prefer not to have their name, degree, and honors (if any) listed in the Commencement program should contact the Office of the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, (323) 343–3808, before April 20.
All students who attend Commencement Exercises receive a program at the ceremony. After Commencement Exercises, individual copies of the program will be available without charge (while quantities last) from the Alumni Center (U-SU 102), beginning June 20, 2012.Q:
Where can I obtain a cap and gown?A:
Grad Fair is your first opportunity to purchase your cap and gown. Grad Fair will take place in the Gymnasium on Wednesday, April 11 and Thursday, April 12, 2011 from 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
The University Bookstore, (323) 343–2500, will sell caps and gowns from April 16–June 16. The store hours are as follows: Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m., Friday, 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Commencement day hours are as follows, Friday, June 15, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., and Saturday, June 16, 6:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
How much does it cost to purchase academic attire?A:
Prices are as follows:
- Undergraduate’s cap, gown and tassel, $40.98 plus tax
- Master’s cap, gown, and tassel, $42.98 plus tax
- Master’s hood, $36.98 plus tax
What is the correct way to wear academic attire?A:
Undergraduates who have not yet earned a first degree wear the tassel forward and to the right. The cap is worn with the long point of the shell to the rear. At the conclusion of the program, bachelor's degree graduates move their tassels to the left, thus signifying the conferring of the bachelor's degree.
Master's and doctoral candidates wear a hood that hangs to the rear from the neck and may be fastened to the wearer's apparel in front by a cord or elastic band. To avoid wearing the hood inside out, care should be taken that the velvet facing of the hood is visible under the chin and lies flat over the shoulders.
The tassel on the master's and doctoral caps are worn on the left, signifying the possession of an academic degree.
Will there be a Commencement rehearsal? If so, when and where?A:
Yes, there will be rehearsals on the following dates and times.
- Grad rehearsals: June 12 and June 13, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
- Undergrad rehearsals: June 12, 3:00-4:00 p.m.; June 13, 1:00-2:00 p.m.; June 14, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
All rehearsals will be held on Reeder Field (baseball field).Q:
On Commencement Day, after students have donned their academic attire, where do they go and what do they do?A:
Graduate and Undergraduate candidates from the Charter College of Education, College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology and the College of Health and Human Services will assemble by 4:00 p.m. June 15, 2012, in their designated areas on Reeder Field (baseball field). Graduate and Undergraduate candidates from the College of Arts and Letters, College of Business and Economics, and the College of Natural and Social Sciences will assemble by 7:00 a.m. June 16, 2012, in their designated areas on Reeder Field. Signs for the various degree groups will be posted in the assembly area. Guests must go directly to the seating area to await the start of the Academic Procession.
What is the schedule of events for Commencement Day?A:
Guests must go directly to the seating area to await the start of the Academic Procession.
Friday, June 15, 2012 – Graduate and Undergraduate Ceremony for the Charter College of Education, College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology and the College of Health and Human Services:
- Candidates assemble on Reeder Field north of the track to form the Academic Procession by 4:00 p.m.
- Academic Procession begins at 5:00 p.m.
- Exercises conclude at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 16, 2012 – Graduate and Undergraduate Ceremony for the College of Arts and Letters, College of Business and Economics, and the College of Natural and Social Sciences:
- Candidates assemble on Reeder Field north of the track to form the Academic Procession by 7:00 a.m.
- Academic Procession begins at 8:00 a.m.
- Exercises conclude at approximately 10:30 a.m.
Both programs include an introduction by the President of the University, an address by the Commencement speaker, and conferring of academic honors and degrees.Q:
What happens at the Commencement Exercises?A:
The formal, degree-conferring ceremony begins promptly at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 15, and at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 16 with the Academic Procession. The exercises conclude with the University Hymn and the recessional. Students must stay for the entire ceremonyQ:
What is expected of graduates during Commencement?A:
- No smoking or alcoholic beverages allowed. Inebriated students will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.
- Cellular phones, pagers, electronic devices, purses, bags, balloons and/or beach balls will not be allowed in the student seating area.
- Faculty Marshals will provide directions for the following:
- Lining up
- Marching into the Stadium (Processing)
- Keeping aisles clear to facilitate easy access to the platforms
Disruptive or inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. The above rules of behavior will be enforced at the ceremony. With everyone's cooperation, this occasion will be a proud and happy memory for all our graduates and guests.
What do candidates do as their degrees are conferred?A:
Doctoral degrees are conferred first. Candidates are escorted to the stage and hooded by the President of the University. Candidates for the Master's degrees are presented by the Graduate and College Deans to the President of the University for degree conferral. Candidates are escorted by sections to the program area where they are hooded by their College faculty.
Candidates for bachelor's degrees are presented by their College Deans to the President of the University for degree conferral. Candidates are escorted by sections to the program area, where they receive their diploma case.Q:
Do candidates receive their diplomas at Commencement?A:
No. They receive their diploma cases only. Graduates receive their diplomas in the mail 4-6 weeks after their degree has been officially granted by the Graduation Office (whether they participate in Commencement Exercises or not). During the period between final verification for degree eligibility and the mailing of diplomas, a letter of congratulations is sent to every student who meets the requirements for a degree.
Where should I tell my family and friends to meet me after the ceremonies?A:
It is suggested that you pre-set a campus spot at which to meet friends and relatives after the exercises. You may wish to meet them at your college program location at Greenlee Plaza.Q:
Where may we park?A:
Campus parking is free for all Commencement activities. Parking Services will direct visitors to parking areas. Candidates and their guests are urged to enter the campus from the north and east (Valley Boulevard or Hellman Avenue) and to park in Lots 5 or 7. This will help to avoid the crowded conditions that always exist on Commencement Day at the southern entrances to campus (from the San Bernardino Freeway and Eastern Avenue). We strongly encourage carpooling or any other alternate mode of transportation. Parking is on a limited, first-come first-served basis. Therefore, we urge all visitors and graduates to arrive early to ensure parking.
Do I need to make special parking arrangements for my guests who have limited mobility or other physical limitations?A:
Guests with a DMV disabled person parking placard or disabled person plates must display the placard/plates upon entering the campus. Officers will direct them to park in a designated lot at close proximity to the ceremony. If you have a guest with physical limitations that does not own a disabled placard, please stop by the Department of Public Safety, north end of Lot 1, after the Commencement rehearsals to obtain a special permit to allow your guest(s) to park in the designated lot (up to 2 permits per graduate). If your guest requires a wheelchair, please make such arrangements on your own according to specific needs.
For Saturday's Commencement, persons needing special assistance should plan to arrive no later than 7:00 a.m.Q:
Is there special seating for disabled individuals?A:
Guests: A section of the seating area will be reserved for spectators with disabilities. Each designated section is accessible via gates D and A. (See map.)
Candidates: Contact the Office for Students with Disabilities, (323) 343-3140 by May 14, for assistance with both the procession and seating.
Close proximity to the event may not be possible, therefore, long distances and stairs may be encountered. It is the responsibility of the student to survey the approaches to the event area before Commencement Day to let any guests who may have difficulty know what to expect.
What provisions have been made for emergency health care during Commencement?A:
The Student Health Center will be open during the Commencement Exercises to render first aid. Contact the nearest usher or police officer for assistance.Q:
What about cameras? May we take pictures?A:
Yes. You are welcome to bring cameras to all Commencement activities. However, guests may only take pictures from their seats and should take care not to disturb those around them in the audience.
Only official photographers will be permitted on the field or in the platform area.
Ultimate Exposures, Inc., the official 2012 CSULA Commencement Ceremonies photographers, will photograph you receiving your diploma. For more information, contact the Alumni Center at (323) 343–ALUM (2586).
Where may we dine on campus?A:
For the convenience of the candidates and their guests, the following food facilities will be open:
Friday – June 15 *
|Cafe LA (serving Starbucks)||7 a.m.–7 p.m.|
|Carl's Jr||7 a.m.–7 p.m.|
|Dolcini's||7 a.m.–2 p.m.|
|El Pollo Loco||10 a.m.–7 p.m.|
|Johny's Kitchen||7 a.m.–3 p.m.|
|Juice It Up||9 a.m.–2 p.m.|
|Kikka Sushi||10 a.m.–3 p.m.|
|Rice Garden||10 a.m.–3 p.m.|
|Sbarro||10 a.m.–7 p.m.|
Saturday – June 16 *
|Cafe LA (serving Starbucks)||6 a.m.–1 p.m.|
|Carl's Jr||6 a.m.–1 p.m.|
|Dolcini's||6 a.m.–1 p.m.|
|El Pollo Loco||10 a.m.–1 p.m.|
|Juice It Up||6 a.m.–1 p.m.|
|Sbarro||6 a.m.–1 p.m.|
* Times are subject to change without notice.
Take your yearbook photos at Grad Fair with Ultimate Exposures. To make an appointment, visit www.ultimateexposures.com or contact them at (818) 781-9530. For more information about the 2012 CSULA Yearbook, contact the Alumni Association at (323) 343-ALUM(2586) or by email at email@example.com.