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Commencement Guests

Before Commencement

  1. Receive ticket from commencement participant
    • Because of the volume of graduates, each guest is required to have a ticket. Each student will receive a maximum of eight (8) tickets.
  2. Mark the date and time of your student's commencement ceremony
    • This information will be printed on the ticket provided to you by the student
  3. Book a Hotel (Optional)
  4. Guests with Special Needs
    • Please contact the Office of Parking and Transportation Services for assistance and directions to special parking lots and drop off locations: 562.985.4146.
    • The University does not provide wheelchairs; guests must bring their own. There is not a separate seating area for guests in wheelchairs and the university does not reserve seating for any guests. Please arrive well before the start of the ceremony to allow enough time for the ceremony staff to lend assistance. For elderly guests and others who are unable to sit outside, the ceremonies will be broadcast live indoors at the Walter Pyramid.
    • Please contact Disabled Student Services at 562.985.5401 if you would like more information on amenities for senior or disabled guests.
    • Please contact the Commencement Coordinator for your ceremony, if you have questions or concerns about attendance.

During Commencement

  1. Directions to CSULB
  2. Parking
    • Free parking is offered to the public at any of the parking structures and student parking lots on lower campus during the ceremonies. 
  3. Arrive at least one hour early
    • It is recommended that guests arrive at least one hour prior to the ceremony, allowing for 60 minutes to park and walk to the ceremony site. Dress should be appropriate for walking and sitting outdoors for two hours.
  4. Seating
    • For all ceremonies, seating is available on a first-come, first-seated basis, in folding chairs and grandstands. Each 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. Note: HANDSTAMP IS REQUIRED FOR RE-ENTRY PLEASE SEE AN USHER BEFORE EXITING.
    • Strollers: Please see an usher for stroller locations.
    • Web Streaming Room: Each ceremony will broadcast LIVE in the Walter Pyramid. Banners will clearly mark the designated web streaming room on the day of the ceremony. The web streaming room is open to everyone, and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are not required to watch the ceremony from the live-streaming room.
  5. Ceremony
    • Each ceremony will begin with a processional of graduates, faculty, and university officials. The Dean will welcome the audience, give instructions, and recognize outstanding graduates.
    • The ceremony will last approximately two hours.
  6. Gifts for Graduates
    • Flowers & Leis: CSULB Alumni Association volunteers will be selling beautiful mixed bouquets, and orchid leis at graduation. You can help support the Alumni Association's programs by purchasing flowers at the alumni tent inside the venue.
    • University Bookstore: The university bookstore will have a tent set up during commencement where guests can purchase balloons, bears, cards and other items for graduates.

After Commencement

  1. Photo Opportunity
    • There are several popular places around campus that are great for photos such as Walter Pyramid, the Japanese Garden, and the Lymon Lough Fountain in Maxson Plaza.
  2. Leaving Campus
    • We recommend that guests avoid entering the 405 Freeway from 7th Street due to high traffic congestion. Alternative routes are at Palo Verde Avenue and Bellflower Boulevard from which both the 405 North and South can be accessed.