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Every year, Commencement is the largest and one of the most celebrated events in the university. In May, faculty, staff, family, and friends honor the outstanding achievements of graduates, and celebrate the transformative power of education.
Commencement at California State University, Los Angeles are college based ceremonies, where students' degrees are conferred by President William A. Covino. The ceremonies are held at the University Gymnasium, inside the Physical Education building, at the Billie Jean King Sports Complex. Students who will be invited to participate are graduating candidates for fall 2018, winter 2019, spring 2019, and summer 2019.
The 2019 schedule and additional information will be available in late November 2018.
To be eligible to participate, graduating candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
  • Submit a graduation application at the Cashier's Office for the declared graduation terms listed below. Students that submit their graduation application by the given deadline for each term will automatically be invited to Commencement, participate in Grad Fair in early April 2019, and be included in the printed program.
Fall 2018: March 1, 2018 (Undergraduate), June 15, 2018 (Graduate)
Winter 2019: September 1, 2018 (Undergraduate), September 15, 2018 (Graduate)
Spring 2019: October 15, 2018 (Undergraduate), November 15, 2018 (Graduate)
Summer 2019: February 1, 2019 (Undergraduate), February 15, 2019 (Graduate)

If submitting late for the declared graduation terms listed above, the candidate's approved graduation application status must be received by the  Commencement Office on or before April 15, 2019, to participate in Commencement, reserve guest tickets online during the open ticketing period of April 22 — May 3, 2019, and be included in the printed program. After April 15, 2019, inclusion in the printed program will no longer be possible.

  • Be on track to complete their degree requirements by the end of the declared graduation term listed above. To officially graduate from Cal State LA, students must satisfy all university, college, and departmental requirements for a specific degree.
  • Register to participate in the Commencement ceremonies by reserving a graduating candidate ticket and guest tickets during Grad Fair in April 2019, OR online from April 22 — May 3, 2019. After May 3, 2019, registration and guest tickets are no longer guaranteed or available.

Please note that the Graduation Office and the Commencement Office are two different departments. It can take up to 5 business days for the graduation application to be processed and verified before it is submitted to the Commencement Office for inclusion in the ceremonies. Please take this into account when submitting your graduation application after the deadline dates.

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All information is subject to change. Please visit the website regularly for the most up-to-date information.
Updated: August 14, 2018
When you attend the California State University, Los Angeles Commencement ceremonies, you enter an area where photography, audio recording, and video recording may occur. By entering the event premises, you consent to such media recording and its release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, webcasts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, and inclusion on websites. You further waive all rights you may have to any claims in connection with any exhibition, streaming, webcasting, televising, or other publication of these materials, regardless of the purpose or sponsoring of such exhibiting, broadcasting, webcasting or other publication.