Details for Graduates

ELIGIBILITY

Commencement is the ceremony in which (major) degrees are conferred on candidates who are eligible to graduate for a given term. To be eligible to participate in the Commencement for the Class of 2021 0r 2020 ceremonies, graduating candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Graduated or projected to graduate at the end of the declared graduation terms listed below.
  2. Be on track to complete all bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral terminal degree requirements by the end of the eligible declared graduation terms. To officially graduate from Cal State LA, students must satisfy all university, college, and departmental requirements for a specific degree.
  3. Have not participated in the Cal State LA Commencement ceremonies for the same degree and major in previous years.
  4. Register to participate in the Commencement ceremonies and reserve guest tickets online from June 21 at 9 a.m. (PT) until July 9 at 5 p.m. (PT).

ELIGIBLE DECLARED GRADUATION TERMS

CLASS OF 2021
Graduates of Fall 2020 Semester
Graduates of the Winter 2021 Intersession
Graduates of Spring 2021 Semester
Graduates and Projected Graduates of the Summer 2021 Term

CLASS OF 2020
Graduates of Fall 2019 Semester
Graduates of the Winter 2020 Intersession
Graduates of Spring 2020 Semester
Graduates of the Summer 2020 Term

NAME VERIFICATION

COMMENCEMENT
For Commencement purposes, the name as it appears on your official Cal State LA records, including special marks that are clearly indicated on your Graduation Application, will be used for the following:

  • Commencement tickets
  • Name reading

Name changes will not be accommodated during the day of Commencement and must be submitted in advance to the Records Office. For more information on how to change your name, please contact the Records Office.

DIPLOMA
The following information is as listed on the Office of the Registrar's website.

Your name as it appears on your official Cal State LA records, including special marks that are clearly indicated on your Graduation Application.

TICKETS

REGISTRATION AND TICKETING IS NOW CLOSED! For more information, please visit the Commencement tickets page.

Graduate registration and guest ticket reservation starts on Monday, June 21, at 9 a.m. (PT) until Friday, July 9, at 11:59 p.m. (PT).

Graduates must confirm their participation and reserve their guest tickets before the ticketing portal closes on July 9, at 11:59 p.m. (PT). The ticketing system will automatically close at this time, so transactions must be completed in a timely manner. After the deadline, graduates will no longer be able to participate or reserve guest tickets.

Each graduate will be pre-assigned to their respective ceremony based on their class year, college, department, and major. After ticketing has closed on July 9, registered graduates will receive their Grad Pass via email. The Grad Pass must be presented by the graduate at the designated entrance to gain entry, and at graduate check-in to receive their pre-printed name card.  The name card will be used by the name reader and photographer.

It is the graduate’s responsibility to register and reserve/distribute tickets to their guests in a timely manner. Each guest ticket will list the names of all the graduate's guests but will have a unique barcode and sequence number listed at the bottom. Once the barcode has been scanned, any copies of the same ticket will not be valid and will not allow entry into the venue. Each ticket is specific to a ceremony and is non-transferable. Children under the age of 2 will no longer require a ticket if the child is seated on a parent’s or guardian’s lap.

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 will be invalidated.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Due to updated guidelines for large outdoor events by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Cal State LA is updating its Covid-19 protocols*. By confirming your participation and reserving guest tickets, you agree and attest that you have reviewed and will abide by the following health and safety requirements:

  1. Conduct a self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to campus.
     
  2. You will not enter Cal State LA's campus and/or facilities if you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 10 days, have had close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 within the past 14 days, have been directed by a health care provider or public health officer to isolate or quarantine, or experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19.
     
  3. You understand the risk of attending a large crowded event where the vaccine status of others in attendance may be unknown.
     
  4. All attendees should wear an appropriate face covering that fully covers the mouth and nose at all times on Cal State LA premises, except while consuming food or a beverage. Graduates may remove their masks when taking Commencement photos on stage.
     
  5. You agree to notify Cal State LA immediately if you test positive for COVID-19 in the 48 hours after attending the event by calling the Cal State LA Student Health Center at (323) 343-3300.

These protocols will be adjusted as needed based on updated state and county regulations.

FIRST AID
During Commencement, there will be a first aid tent located near the entrance of Reeder Field. Graduates and guests requiring onsite first aid are welcome to visit as needed. Emergency and ambulance services will be on call and onsite and can be activated by any of the Commencement team members.

RESTROOMS
There will be restroom facilities at various locations around Reeder Field. Restroom locations:

Lot 3 (by ramp towards Salazar Hall)
Lot 10a (across from Reeder Field)
Tennis Courts (at graduate check-In)
 

WATER
There will be water distribution areas around Reeder Field. Water distribution locations:

Lot 3 (by ramp towards Salazar Hall)
Lot 10a (across from Reeder Field)
Tennis Courts (at graduate check-In)

PARKING

Parking at Cal State LA is complimentary for graduates and their guests. You will be directed to a designated parking lot walking distance to Reeder Field. Please arrange any required mobility assistance and plan accordingly.

Parking staff will provide direction to the following lots:

Structure A
Structure B
Lot 2

All other lots are either restricted or require the appropriate permit.

SECURITY

For the safety and security of all our attendees, all ticket holders (graduates and guests) must pass through a security area at the main entrance at the University Stadium, off the main walkway across from the ramp to Salazar Hall.

For safety and accessibility, bags that graduating candidates bring must fit under their seat without impeding aisle space and walkways. Backpacks and large bags will not be allowed to be brought in the graduating candidates seating area. Please be mindful that upon returning from walking across the stage, seating could shift and the graduate might not sit at the exact same location. The University is not responsible for lost or stolen items. 

PROHIBITED ITEMS

The following items will not be allowed inside the venue:

  • Alcohol
  • Balloons
  • Beach balls
  • Bicycles
  • Bottles and cans
  • Cigarettes and E-cigarettes (the University is a tobacco and vape-free campus)
  • Chairs
  • Coolers
  • Drones
  • Drugs
  • Fireworks
  • Flags with poles
  • Food (baby food permitted)
  • Large size purses, backpacks, satchels, and duffel bags
  • Laser pointers
  • Mega phones
  • Pets (service animals are allowed)
  • Rollerblades
  • Signs larger than 16” x 20”
  • Skateboards
  • Strollers
  • Umbrellas
  • Weapons (including chains, firearms, knives, spiked jewelry and belts, sticks)

ACCESSIBILITY

ACCESSIBLE GRADUATE SEATING
All aisle seating are priority seating for graduates with disabilities.

SIGN LANGUAGE AND CLOSED CAPTIONING
Sign language interpreters will be projected on the jumbo screens during each Commencement ceremony.

Closed captioning will also be available to stream on your mobile device. Closed captioning will also be available on your mobile device. The links for the closed captioning for mobile devices are:

For English closed captioning, please click here.

For Spanish closed captioning, please click here.

ACCESSIBLE GUEST SEATING
There are designated and marked Accessible Seating areas and sections on all guest seating. These seats are priority seating for the elderly and people with disabilities. There are a limited number of accessible seats and are first come, first served.

SERVICE ANIMALS
Commencement welcomes service animals. Service animals are working animals trained to perform tasks for the benefit of individuals with physical or mental disabilities such as guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, alerting and protecting people prone to seizures, or other tasks directly related to a disability. Animals whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and cannot be brought inside the event venue.

CHECK-IN

Graduates who registered to participate must check-in at Tennis Courts behind the University Stadium 60-75 minutes before the ceremony. Graduates must present their Grad Pass at the entrance to be scanned, and at check-in to pick-up their pre-printed name cards and to line up for pre-seating.

Gates to Reeder Field will be closed 5 minutes before start time to prepare for the beginning of the ceremony. All graduates who arrive late will still need to check-in at the designated area to pick-up their pre-printed name card, and will be allowed entry after the national anthem concludes.

SEATING

GRADUATES
All candidates will be pre-seated 30 minutes before the ceremony by degree and major. Only graduates and authorized Commencement personnel are allowed to be on stage, the graduates seating area, and in the Academic Recessional. There are no exceptions to this rule.

GUESTS
Only ticketed guests will be allowed to enter Reeder Field. Gates will be closed 5 minutes before start time to prepare for the beginning of the ceremony. After the national anthem, ticketed guests will again be allowed entry.

ACCESSIBLE GUEST SEATING
All seating including accessible seating is first-come, first-served. There are designated accessible seating areas in the first two rows of all bleacher seating. Accessible seating is priority seating for the elderly and people with disabilities.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Grad Images will be taking photos of all the graduates when their names are read and they cross the stage. To ensure receipt of the proof after the ceremony, complete the back of the name card at check-in. Please write legibly and clearly. The name card will be used by the name reader, and submitted to the photographer afterwards.

ETIQUETTE

As a courtesy to and out of respect for your fellow graduates, you and your guests are requested and expected to remain in Reeder Field until the conclusion of the ceremony. Each ceremony is scheduled to be 1 hour and 30 minutes in length. Please plan accordingly.

Commencement is a milestone and a joyous event for the thousands of graduates, their families, and friends. To honor this occasion, we ask that all participants and attendees preserve the dignity and decorum of the event. We want all of our graduates and guests to enjoy Commencement and have wonderful memories of a very important day in their lives. Any disruptive behavior during Commencement will not be tolerated, and participants and/or attendees and will escorted off the premise.

VISUAL/AUDIO RELEASE NOTICE

The California State University, Los Angeles Commencement ceremonies will be photographed and/or recorded. By entering the event space, you grant permission to California State University (CSU), its employees and agents, to take and use visual/audio images of you. Visual/audio images are any type of recording, including photographs, digital images, drawings, renderings, voices, sounds, video recordings, audio clips or accompanying written descriptions. CSU will not materially alter the original images. You agree that CSU owns the images and all rights related to them. The images may be used in any manner or media without notifying you, such as university-sponsored web sites, publications, promotions, broadcasts, advertisements, posters and theater slides, as well as for non-university uses. You waive any right to inspect or approve the finished images or any printed or electronic matter that may be used with them.

You release CSU and its employees and agents, including any firm authorized to publish and/or distribute a finished product containing the images, from any claims, damages or liability which you may ever have in connection with the taking of use of the images or printed material used with the images.

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All information, including Commencement related activities,
are subject to change based on updated state and county regulations.
Please visit the website regularly for the most up-to-date information.

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Updated: July 16, 2021