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We look forward to celebrating with the family and friends of the Class of 2023!

Please make sure to click on all the sections below to get more information about the 2023 Commencement ceremonies.

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 can graduate at the end of the fall 2022, winter 2023, spring 2023, or summer 2023 but Commencement only takes place at the end of the spring 2023 semester.


The 2023 Commencement ceremonies will be from May 22 – 26, 2023, in the Commencement Pavilion, a festive shaded structure that will be built in the event space on the north side of campus in Lot 5.

For more information, please visit the Commencement Schedule webpage.


All guests 2 years of age and older must have a ticket to enter the venue. This includes care givers. Infants (under 2 years old) will not be required to have a ticket if seated on a parent or guardian’s lap. Each guest ticket has a unique bar code. Once scanned, copies of the same ticket will not be valid.
Guest tickets can only be reserved by the graduating candidate during the open registration from April 10, 2023, at 9 a.m. PT until April 28, 2023, at 5 p.m. PT, using MarchingOrder’s online ticketing platform.
Each graduating candidate is allotted four guest tickets for their ceremony during the online registration period listed above.

After the registration period, all unclaimed tickets per ceremony will be pooled and will be available to be reserved on a specific date in May 2023 on a first-come, first-served basis until all tickets are claimed. Graduates who registered to participate in Commencement will be eligible to reserve up to two additional guest tickets. Please note that each ceremony will only have a certain number of additional tickets available and not all graduates will be able to get the additional tickets.

Tickets cannot be requested via email and can only be acquired online during the registration period. It is the graduates’ responsibility to register to participate and reserve guest tickets in a timely manner. After ticketing has closed, graduates can still request to participate but are no longer guaranteed guest tickets due to capacity.
Commencement guest tickets are free and cannot be bought or sold. Under no circumstance should an exchange of money occur for tickets. Tickets that are bought or sold will be invalidated by the University.



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

  • All Cal State LA employees, students and visitors shall conduct a health self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms before arriving at Cal State LA. If you are experiencing any of the listed symptoms, please do not come onto the Cal State LA campus.
  • You understand the risk of attending a large, crowded event where the vaccine status of others in attendance may be unknown.
  • Masks are not required outdoors. The Commencement Pavilion is designated as an outdoor venue. Masks are required in classrooms, labs, and health care settings on campus, but are no longer required in other indoor spaces on campus, such as the University Library, offices, hallways, eateries, and other non-classroom spaces. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are always welcome to wear a mask. Learn more about face masks
  • The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health strongly encourages Californians to sign up for CA Notify in advance of large scale events like Commencement to receive alerts when you have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 in public gatherings. If you test positive for COVID-19 after attending Commencement, CA Notify lets you alert those you may have exposed without using your name. 


For the safety of all our graduating candidates, guests, faculty and staff, all guests must pass through security at the entrance. The following items are not permitted inside the Commencement Pavilion.

  • Alcohol
  • Balloons
  • Beverages
  • Bicycles
  • Bottles and cans
  • Cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, and vapes (the University is a tobacco and vape-free campus)
  • Chairs
  • Coolers
  • Drones
  • Drugs
  • Fireworks
  • Flags with poles
  • Food (baby food permitted)
  • Laser pointers
  • Mega phones
  • Mid to large size purses, backpacks, satchels, and duffel bags
  • Pets (except for service animals)
  • Rollerblades
  • Signs larger than 16” x 20”
  • Skateboards
  • Strollers / car seats / bassinets (there are no designated check in locations for these items so please leave in your car)
  • Weapons (including chains, firearms, knives, spiked jewelry and belts, sticks)
  • Umbrellas


Parking for Commencement is complimentary but only available at the following designated parking structures:

  • All levels of Structure E
  • Blue levels of Structure C

All other lots require permits and are subject to ticketing. Students and guests with Accessibility placards will be directed by parking personnel staff to the closest and most accessible parking in both structures.


The Commencement Pavilion is a festive shaded structure that will be built on the north side of campus in Lot 5. There will be one (1) main guest entrance located across from Parking Structure E on Lot 5.

Guests are encouraged to arrive up to 90 minutes before the ceremonies to accommodate for traffic, parking, large crowds, and mobility. The Commencement Pavilion will open 75 minutes* prior to each ceremony. Five minutes before the scheduled start time, entrances will close and will not reopen until after the national anthem.

* Subject to change due to weather or if the previous ceremony runs late.


The University will be livestreaming the ceremonies, which will be able to be viewed through the Cal State LA website and the Cal State LA YouTube channel.

Cal State LA is providing an alternate on-campus viewing location where guests can watch the livestream of each ceremony during Commencement. The alternate viewing location is in the Golden Eagle Ballrooms. The Golden Eagle Ballrooms are located on the third floor of the Golden Eagle building across from the University Bookstore. This location will not require tickets, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


The majority of seating inside the Commencement Pavilion is stadium bleacher-style seating; however, several hundred chairs at the floor level will also be available. All seating is first come, first served. Due to capacity, guests can only hold seats for their companions for 15 minutes. If seats are still unoccupied after 15 minutes, crowd control personnel will direct other guests to those seats. 


If you require a wheelchair, please make arrangements on your own according to specific needs. Wheelchairs are not available on campus.

The first row of all bleachers, and aisle seats at the floor level, will be marked as priority seating for guests with accessibility seating needs or the elderly.
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. The links for the closed captioning for mobile devices will be available the week before the ceremonies.
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.


Each ceremony will be between 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours and 15 minutes in duration. The order of events may vary per Commencement ceremony, but may include most of the below activities.

  • Academic procession of faculty and platform party
  • National anthem
  • Welcome remarks and introduction of the platform party by the college dean
  • President's greeting
  • Guest or student speaker
  • Academic honors
  • Presentation of candidates for degrees by the provost
  • Presentation of doctoral degrees
  • Presentation of master's degrees
  • Presentation of bachelor's degrees
  • Conferral of degrees by the president
  • Closing remarks by the college dean
  • University hymn
  • Recessional of platform party, faculty and conferees of doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degrees


Official graduation portrait photographers will be at Commencement taking photos.

For doctoral and master's degree candidates, photos will be taken while they are hooded onstage, and holding their diploma cover after they exit the stage.

For bachelor's degree candidates, photos will be taken when they are presented onstage, and holding their diploma cover after they exit the stage.

To ensure that photo proofs of the pictures taken on-stage are received after the ceremony, the back of the name card, received at student check-in, must be completed by the graduate.

University photographers will be photographing the ceremonies and candid photos will be available for free download on the Cal State LA Smug Mug webpage during Commencement week.



Regalia (cap and gown) and other Commencement-related merchandise (sashes, etc…) will be available for purchase at the University Bookstore from April 4 (during Grad Fair) until Commencement week.

During Commencement, the University Bookstore will have a satellite location by the Commencement Pavilion with limited merchandise.


Out of respect for all our graduates and their family and friends, all attendees must stay for the entire duration of the event to not disrupt the ceremony. Please plan accordingly.

In the interest of creating a memorable Commencement experience for all, please be respectful and considerate with your applause when graduate names are read, so that all names are heard.

Please note that there is no smoking, including electronic cigarettes and vapes, on campus. Also, possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited during the Commencement Ceremonies and related activities.


After the ceremonies, graduates and their guests are encouraged to take photos at the designated photo locations outside the Commencement Pavilion.


Commencement will be photographed and/or recorded. By attending the ceremonies, 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 websites, 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 dates and activities, are subject to change. We continue to update the Commencement website with 2023 Commencement details, so please check back regularly to stay updated. Please review all the sections, as they contain valuable information for graduates and guests.

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: March 24, 2023