Am I eligible to graduate?
You must file a Request to Graduate form with the Office of Enrollment Services.
If you have filed to graduate for December 2016, January 2017, May 2017, or August 2017, (before the published deadlines), you will be invited to the May 2017 ceremonies and your name will be listed in the program.
Do I need to sign up to attend ?
YES! The registration form will be available on this website from January 3, 2017 until May 12, 2017.
How do I check if I've registered correctly?
If you try to submit the form again on the same computer, it will alert you that you have done so already.
Please DO NOT call the University asking that your name be checked on the registration list. The data will not be available until the day of your ceremony.
What ceremony do I go to if I’m graduating in December?
If you are a December 2016 candidate, you are part of the 2016-2017 academic class and you will be invited to the 2017 ceremony and your name will be listed in the 2017 program.
If you are a December 2017 candidate, you are part of the 2017-2018 academic class and you will be invited to the 2018 ceremony and your name will be listed in the 2018 program. You may attend the 2017 ceremony, but your name will not be listed in the program.
How do I get my name in the program?
If you have filed a Request to Graduate form with the Office of Enrollment Services for the terms of December 2016, January 2017, May 2017, or August 2017 before the published deadlines, your name will be listed in the program.
Will my name be announced during the ceremony?
Yes, every graduate will have their name read as they cross the stage, regardless of whether it is listed in the program.
How many tickets do I get and how do I pick them up?
Graduates from HHS, LA, Arts, and Business, will receive 8 tickets so that all attendees have a pleasant experience. Commencement tickets are complimentary and will be first distributed at Cap and Gown Distribution at the Bookstore.
The Distribution Event for Pre-ordered gowns and tickets will be May 8 – 11, from 10:00am until 7:00pm.
All walk up orders for gowns and tickets will start Friday, May 12th and go through Commencement, during regular bookstore hours. Even if you are not picking up a cap and gown for your ceremony, you can receive your guest tickets from the Bookstore. You must present either your CSULB ID card or picture ID, along with your student ID number, to obtain tickets. A friend or family member may pick up your tickets if he/she shows your identification card, if you are unable to come during Bookstore hours.
If you do not pick up your tickets by the times mentioned above, we cannot guarantee you will receive your full number of commencement tickets.
No additional tickets will be provided and it is recommended that you ask classmates if you can have their unused tickets. No tickets will be required for the live streaming rooms on campus and extra guests are encouraged to sit in these lecture halls. Every person attending the ceremony will need a ticket: including children. If you plan on bringing small children it is recommended that you view the ceremony in the live-streaming room which will not require tickets. Please note, CSULB does not authorize the sale of complimentary tickets.
For ceremonies on Tuesday, May 23, we ask that each student limit the number of guests to 8 or under so that all attendees have a pleasant experience. No tickets will be required for Engineering, Natural Science & Mathematics, and Education ceremonies.
First-come, first-served seating is available for your guests in folding chairs and grandstands.
GUESTS: TICKETS WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ENTRY AND REENTRY TO THE VENUE. PLEASE SEE AN USHER BEFORE EXITING.
How do I get my cap and gown?
Cap and gown rental is handled by the University Bookstore.
How do I know if I am graduating with honors?
GPA honors are not recognized at the ceremony. (GPAs are not calculated until your degree has been granted, several weeks after the end of the semester.)
To inquire about honors in the major, go to the major department office.
Where are the ceremonies held?
On upper campus in the Central Quad. Folding chairs and grandstand seating will be available for the graduates and guests.
What time should I get there and where do I go?
Graduates should arrive on campus at least one hour prior to the start of the ceremony. The sign-in and line-up area is at the south end of the Quad near the Macintosh Building.
At least one hour prior to the ceremony is recommended for guests as well. Guests attending the prior ceremony will be exiting campus as others are arriving. Large crowds are expected, please allow at least one hour to park and walk to the ceremony site.
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Approx. 12,000 guests will be in attendance for the large Colleges. All ceremonies are held outdoors. Folding chairs on grass and grandstand seating will be available; shade is limited.
Where do I park?
All parking structures and student parking lots on lower campus, off of Atherton, will be open to the public for free parking during the ceremony. The lots on upper campus designated for faculty and staff will remain gated.
Parking information: Office of Parking and Transportation 562 985-4146
Do I need to sign in when I get there?
Yes, you should arrive on campus at least one hour prior to the start of the ceremony.
The sign-in and line-up area is at the south end of the Quad, near the Macintosh Building.
Are there special arrangements for the disabled?
Please contact the Office of Parking and Transportation for assistance and directions to special parking lots and drop off locations: 562 985-4146.
Shuttles from the outlying lots to the ceremony site will be available.
The university does not provide wheelchairs and it does not reserve seating for any guests. Staff will be available to assist guests in wheelchairs to the appropriate seating area. For elderly guests and others who are unable to sit outside, the ceremonies will be broadcast live indoors, adjacent to the ceremony site.Some rooms will include LH 150 and 151, and PH1 140 and 141. Banners will display designated locations the day of the ceremony. These rooms are open to everyone and are on a first come first serve basis: no ticket will be required to watch the ceremony from a live streaming room.
Please contact Disabled Student Services at 562.985.5401 if you would like more information on the amenities for senior or disabled guests.
What kind of seating is available?
Folding chairs on grass, surrounded by grandstands. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Shade is limited. Most guests will be sitting in the sun.
For elderly guests and others who are unable to sit outside, the ceremonies will be broadcast live indoors, adjacent to the ceremony site. The university does not provide wheelchairs and it does not reserve seating for any guests.
Staff will be available to assist guests in wheelchairs to the appropriate seating area.
GUESTS: TICKETS WILL BE REQUIRED FOR REENTRY TO THE VENUE. PLEASE SEE AN USHER BEFORE EXITING.
How do I get pictures?
Professional photographers will be stationed on and around the stage. Proofs of the photos will be emailed to you within three days.
Guests will not be allowed to stand in the aisles or to approach the stage to take pictures. Tripods and large video equipment are not allowed.
What will the weather be like?
Typically, it is damp and foggy in the mornings, warm or hot in the afternoons, and breezy and cool in the evenings after 5:00. Rain is uncommon. Light layers are recommended. Most guests will be sitting in the sun.
Sun shades and umbrellas will not be allowed to block the view of others.
How long is the ceremony?
Approximately two hours.
Is there a list of local Long Beach Hotels?
The University Housing site offers a list of local hotels and accomodations.
What happens after the ceremony?
Graduates and their guests are invited to attend an hour-long reception nearby immediately following the ceremony. Refreshments and live music will be provided.
Where do I return my cap and gown?
Gowns and hoods, if applicable, are to be returned to the bookstore. Graduates can keep caps and tassels.
How do I get my diploma?
Degree clearing takes place in the Office of Enrollment Services during a four to eight week period following the end of your last semester. You will be notified by email when your degree has been granted, and you’ll be given diploma information at that time. Enrollment Services: 562.985.5471.
Who can I call for more information?
Each college is responsible for the logistical coordination of its own ceremony. For information regarding your college's ceremony, please contact the appropriate coordinator.