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Details for Graduating Candidates


Eligible Declared Graduation Term:

Undergraduate Degrees Application Deadline:

Graduate & Doctorate Degrees Application Deadline:

Fall 2021 Semester

Preceding March 1, 2021

Preceding June 15, 2021

Winter 2022 Intersession

Preceding September 1, 2021

Preceding September 15, 2021

Spring 2022 Semester

Preceding October 15, 2021

Preceding November 15, 2021

Summer 2022 Term

Preceding February 1, 2022

Preceding February 15, 2022

Students can graduate at the end of fall 2021, winter 2022, spring 2022, or summer 2022 but Commencement only takes place during the end of the spring 2022 semester. 
Commencement is the annual event at which family, friends, and the Cal State LA community celebrate each graduate's academic achievement. Participating in Commencement does not automatically mean that the student has graduated. To officially graduate from Cal State LA, students must satisfy all university, college, and departmental requirements for a specific degree.
1. File a Graduation Application for the eligible declared graduation terms listed above.
The graduation application is used by the student to notify the university that they are ready to complete their 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 once online registration is open in spring 2022.

Confirming attendance at Commencement is a separate process from applying to graduate. It can take several days, for the Graduation Office, to process a graduation application before the student information is sent to the Commencement Office for inclusion in the ceremonies. Please be mindful of this when submitting your application as it relates to deadlines.


Please note that the Graduation Office (of the Office of the Registrar) and the Commencement Office (University Events and Protocol of University Advancement) are two different departments. The Graduation Office evaluates graduation applications and other educational records for the purpose of awarding degrees. The Commencement Office develops, manages, and facilitates the Commencement ceremonies.


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

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

As noted in the Registrar’s Office website, graduating candidates 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. To reflect the name change for Commencement, requests must be made by March 4, 2022. Please note that during the Commencement ceremonies, last minute name changes will not be accommodated.

To change or update your primary (legal) name to reflect for Commencement, please submit a Bio/Demo Change Form  by March 4, 2022.


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

In spring 2022, 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 keep their contact information up-to-date by March 4, 2022 to ensure receipt of Commencement-related notices. Please make sure to check your Cal State LA email address regularly for Commencement emails as it relates to ticketing, important deadlines, and ceremony details.

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


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 March 4, 2022.


Information regarding registration and ticketing for Commencement will be available in spring 2022. It is the graduating candidate’s responsibility to register to participate, and to reserve guest tickets for Commencement in a timely manner. After posted deadlines dates, ticket allocation is no longer guaranteed and will be dependent on availability.


Graduating candidates obtaining a bachelor's degree, who maintain an outstanding academic record while earning their degree, are accorded special recognition upon graduation and are given honor cords to wear during Commencement. 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. In spring 2022, notifications will be sent out regarding honor cord distribution.


Graduating candidates who require assistance during Commencement can contact the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) at (323) 343-3140 or by email at [email protected] two weeks or more before the ceremonies. OSD can assist graduating candidates with:

  • check-in
  • seating
  • getting to and from the stage
  • recessional

OSD do not provide assistance to guests on campus. Guests attending Commencement must arrange in advance for their own mobility assistance.


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.


The Graduation Office will mail out the diploma to the graduates 4-6 weeks after their grades have been posted and verified. The mailing address used is the address on file with the University. To track your diploma, please go the DiploMatic Website.

Questions? Please contact the Graduation Office at (323) 343-3890 or email [email protected].


The California State University, Los Angeles Commencement ceremonies will be photographed and/or recorded. By attending the event, you agree and grant irrevocable permission to have your likeness, image, voice, and appearance photographed and recorded for any University business-related purpose and that the 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.


All information, including Commencement related dates and activities,
are subject to change based on updated COVID-19 state and county regulations.
Please visit the website regularly for the most up-to-date information.

This site is maintained by University Events and Protocol.
Updated: November 3, 2021