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Frequently Asked Questions

CSULB Graduates take their seats at the ceremony

 

When are the 2020 Commencement ceremonies scheduled to take place?

Campus leadership has made the difficult decision to postpone our Commencement and related cultural celebrations due to the current health and safety concerns caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While planning for the future is difficult at this time, we are committed to celebrating the 2020 graduating class as soon as we are able. For updates please visit, COVID-19.

Am I eligible to graduate?

You must apply to graduate through MYCSULB Student Center to be eligible to graduate. 

If you have applied to graduate for Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 (before the published deadlines), you will be eligible to participate in the 2020 ceremonies and your name will be listed in the program.

Am I eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremonies?

If you have applied to graduate through MYCSULB for Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Summer 2020 or Fall 2020, you will be eligible to participate in the 2020 ceremonies.

What ceremony do I go to if I’m graduating in December?

If you are a Fall 2019 or Fall 2020 candidate, you will be eligible to participate in the 2020 ceremonies and your name will be listed in the 2020 program.

How do I get my name in the program?

If you have applied to graduate for Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 before March 1st, 2020, you will be eligible to participate in the 2020 ceremonies and 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 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.)  If you have graduated prior to the ceremony and know your final GPA, you can purchase an honor cord at the University Bookstore and note your honor level through personalized grad announcements (also available through the Bookstore).

To inquire about honors within a major, contact your commencement coordinator.

How do I get my cap and gown?

The website is up and taking orders. There are 5 different special grad packages online that offer special savings and those will continue throughout the year. There is no deadline for purchasing caps and gowns. Any orders placed now are shipped to the customer directly.

Any regalia returns must be handled through Balfour.  You can contact them via email or by phone: 1-800-BALFOUR (800-225-3687).

Do I need to return my cap and gown?

New this year!  Cap and gown sets will not be available as rentals so if you purchased yours through the Bookstore, they are yours to keep.

What should I do with my grad announcements?

For personalized graduation announcements, it is recommended to avoid any detailed ceremony information at this time or simply wait and order announcements later when new ceremony details are released.

How many tickets do I get and how do I pick them up?

The University Bookstore Ticket Distribution Event has been postponed until a new commencement date has been announced.

How do I get my diploma?

Diplomas are not distributed at Commencement. The diplomas themselves are issued by the University after verification has been made that all degree requirements have been completed and after the diploma document is specially inscribed for the graduate. 

Your diploma will not automatically be mailed to you. The Office of Enrollment Services (562.985.5471) will send an e-mail when your diploma is available (approximately 4-8 weeks after your degree has been granted).

Diploma frames are available through the University Bookstore, you may call them at 562.985.5093.

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.