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Details for Graduates

Commencement at Cal State LA is an annual event that honors students who just have or will soon graduate during the current academic year. Students graduating at the end of fall 2022, winter 2023, spring 2023, or summer 2023 are able to participate in the Commencement ceremonies that take place in May 2023. Commencement only takes place once a year at the end of the academic year.

Participating in Commencement does not automatically mean that the student has graduated. Commencement is separate from the process of graduating and earning a degree. When a student confirms participation in Commencement, Cal State LA will reserve a seat at the ceremony and provide guest tickets.

To officially graduate from Cal State LA, students must satisfy all University, college, and departmental requirements for a specific degree. For more information on how to apply for your degree, please visit the Graduation Office website.

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 processes and 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.

ELIGIBILITY

ELIGIBLE DECLARED GRADUATION TERMS

  • Fall 2022 Semester
    Undergraduate Degrees Application Deadline: Preceding March 1, 2022
    Graduate & Doctorate Degrees Application Deadline: Preceding June 15, 2022

     
  • Winter 2023 Intersession
    Undergraduate Degrees Application Deadline: Preceding September 1, 2022
    Graduate & Doctorate Degrees Application Deadline: Preceding September 15, 2022

     
  • Spring 2023 Semester
    Undergraduate Degrees Application Deadline: Preceding October 15, 2022
    Graduate & Doctorate Degrees Application Deadline: Preceding November 15, 2022

     
  • Summer 2023 Term
    Undergraduate Degrees Application Deadline: Preceding February 1, 2023
    Graduate & Doctorate Degrees Application Deadline: Preceding February 15, 2023

PARTICIPATION

To be eligible to participate in the 2023 Commencement ceremonies, students must:

  1. File to graduate for their bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree during the eligible declared graduation terms.

    A graduation application must be submitted for the terms of fall 2022, winter 2023, spring 2023, or summer 2023 to be eligible to participate in the 2023 Commencement ceremonies. If you have questions about your graduation application or have missed your deadline, contact the Graduation Office.

    The graduation application is used by the student to notify the University that they are ready to complete their bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree program. All coursework for the degree program must be completed prior to the award date (end of the graduation term they applied for). Students will not be able to register beyond their expected declared graduation term, so it is critical that the graduation application be accurate at the time of filing.
     
  2. Register to participate in Commencement during the online registration period

    All graduates planning to participate in the in-person ceremonies must register in advance in order to attend. Registration will be available in April 2023. More information coming soon.

NAME VERIFICATION

For Commencement, the primary (legal) name as it appears on the graduating candidate's GET account and graduation application is the name that will be used for the following:

  • Ticketing Information
  • Name card during Commencement for the name display
  • Name reading during Commencement
  • Diploma by the Graduation Office

As noted on the Registrar’s Office website, graduates can submit a Preferred First Name Change in GET to formally request a Preferred First Name be used by the University. An approved Preferred First Name may be used on a diploma and at Commencement if requested by the graduating candidate on their graduation application, otherwise the primary (legal) name will be used.

For the preferred first name change to be reflected for Commencement, requests must be made by March 3, 2023.

For any changes or updates to your primary (legal) name, including your last name, to be reflected for Commencement, please submit a Bio/Demo Change Form to the Admissions and Record Center, Student Services Building 1st floor, by March 3, 2023.

Please note that during the Commencement ceremonies, last minute name changes will not be accommodated as the name cards are embedded with a unique bar code that will be used to display the names on the jumbo screen.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For Commencement, the Cal State LA email address, alternate email address, and the mailing address listed on the graduating candidate's GET account is the information that will be used for the following:

  • Commencement registration and ticketing (only Cal State LA email address*)
  • Commencement notifications and reminders (Cal State LA email address and alternate email address)
  • Commencement photography (Cal State LA email address, alternate email address, and mailing address)

In spring 2023, the Graduation Office will start to submit the names of the eligible graduating candidates to the Commencement Office for inclusion in the Commencement ceremonies. Graduating candidates must make any updates to their contact information by March 3, 2023, to ensure receipt of Commencement-related notices.

Please make sure to check your Cal State LA email address regularly for Commencement emails related to ticketing, important deadlines, and ceremony details. If you do not see any notifications, please check your spam folder.

* For Doctor of Nursing Practice candidates, the primary university email address on file will be used.

REQUEST FOR NON-LISTING

If graduating candidates do not wish to receive any Commencement notifications or have their name, degree, or honor (if any) listed in any program, please email [email protected] by April 28, 2023.

BACCALAUREATE HONORS

Graduates obtaining a bachelor's degree, who maintain an outstanding academic record while earning their degree, are accorded special recognition upon graduation and are given golden yellow double honor cords to wear during Commencement. As noted on the Office of the Registrar’s website, under the Honors at Graduation section.

Please note the traditional bachelor’s degree “honors” awards (cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude) are not available for master’s or doctoral degree students.

To be eligible for honors, the graduating candidate must have completed a minimum of 45 units in residence at Cal State LA and have attained the appropriate standing (in terms of cumulative grade point average earned at Cal State LA) as described below:

  • Summa Cum Laude: GPA equal to or greater than 3.9
  • Magna Cum Laude: GPA equal to or greater than 3.75 but less than 3.9
  • Cum Laude: GPA equal to or greater than 3.5 but less than 3.75

These honors are designated on the diploma and permanent academic record.

HONOR CORDS DISTRIBUTION

In spring 2023, notifications will be sent out regarding the distribution of honor cords to students graduating with honors. Notices will go out to the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree students who graduated in fall 2022 and winter 2023 who have attained the status of graduating with honors based on the criteria listed above.
  • Bachelor’s degree students who are projected to graduate in spring 2023 or summer 2023 who have attained the status of graduating with honors based on the criteria listed above from completed courses as of winter 2023.

Please note that graduating with honor status for projected graduates of spring 2023 or summer 2023 is subject to change based on final grades at the end of the spring 2023 semester or summer 2023 term. 

REGALIA (CAP AND GOWN)

Regalia will be available for in-person purchase only at the University Bookstore in spring 2023 starting during Grad Fair in April and until Commencement week. More information coming soon.


Additional Commencement information will be posted at the beginning of the spring 2023 semester including the full ceremony schedule, registration instructions, and regalia details. All information, including dates and activities, are subject to change. Please visit the website regularly for the most up-to-date information.

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Updated: January 9, 2023