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Commencement is an annual event held at the end of the academic year in the spring, where family, friends, and the Cal State LA community celebrate graduating students’ academic achievements. Participating in Commencement does not automatically mean that a student has graduated.

Graduation is the official awarding of degrees to students who have completed their course of study and met all academic requirements. To officially graduate from Cal State LA, students must satisfy all University, college, and departmental requirements for a specific degree. Please visit the Graduation Office website for more information on how to apply for graduation.

Please note that the Graduation Office (within the Office of the Registrar) and the Commencement Office (within University Events and Protocol in University Advancement) are different offices. The Graduation Office evaluates graduation applications and other educational records, including graduating with honors, for the purpose of awarding degrees. The Commencement Office produces, manages, and facilitates the Commencement ceremonies and activities.


From late fall to early spring, additional information about Commencement, including the ceremony schedule, registration instructions, and regalia details, will be posted on this website. All information, including dates and activities, are subject to change. Please visit regularly for the most up-to-date information.

The health and safety of the Cal State LA community is our top priority as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. For the latest information about campus COVID-19 protocols, university messages, frequently asked questions, and more, please visit the Health Watch webpage. The information on this website is current and will continue to be updated based on the latest public health protocols.


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Updated: August 25, 2022