Frequently Asked Questions
Commencement is the celebration ceremony that honors students who have graduated or are graduating. Our office coordinates Commencement celebrations and ceremonies only.
*Please note: CSULB holds annual commencement ceremonies at the end of Spring semester for students who have completed or are set to complete their degree requirements.
There is currently NO fall commencement ceremony. Summer and fall graduates can choose to walk in the commencement ceremony in May prior to or after their degree completion and must apply to graduate via MyStudentCenter during the spring semester of the year they are walking.
Graduation is dependent on completion of degree requirements. Participating in commencement in no way implies or ensures graduation, or the award of honors. Enrollment Services handles all matters related to GRADUATION, ELIGIBILITY, DEGREE CHECKS, DIPLOMA, CLASS CREDIT, GRADES, NAME & ADDRESS CHANGES, FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act), GRADUATION STATUS.
- Open a web browser and go to translate.google.com.
- In the text box on the left, type in the entire CSULB Commencement URL, /commencement (be sure to include the http://).
- In the text box on the right, choose the language you want to see the website in.
- Click on the highlighted URL in the box on the right.
It is university policy to send commencement communication to student email accounts. Student email addresses (@student.csulb.edu) remain active for 1 year after graduation. Use this link to look up your student email account. For other information, such as forwarding your beach emails to another email account, visit this general website.
Steps to Graduate
You must apply to graduate through MYCSULB Student Center to be eligible to graduate:
Step by step instructions here. Stay tuned! This winter...a Grad Status button will be added to the Commencement home page for eligible grads to check whether they have applied to graduate or not.
If you have questions on the application process, please email CSULB Enrollment Services at email@example.com.
This fee helps cover the costs associated with the final preparation for graduation and the awarding of a student’s degree.
The fee covers the following services:
- Degree audit and evaluation
- Creating each student’s diploma
- Mailing each student’s diploma
Refunds are not given as the fee pays for services for graduation. At this time, there are no waivers for the Apply to Graduate fee.
Full dates, deadlines, and fee schedules can be found at the Enrollment Services page here: https://www.csulb.edu/enrollment-services/key-dates-and-deadlines.
Please see application dates and ranges in the chart below and here:
If you missed the deadline, you can still apply with a late fee charged in addition to the Apply to Graduate fee.
Full dates, deadlines, and fee schedules can be found on the Enrollment Services page: https://www.csulb.edu/enrollment-services/key-dates-and-deadlines.
When Applying to Graduate, you should choose your last term. For example, if your last term before graduating is Fall 2023, you would choose Fall 2023 from the dropdown menu. You should NOT choose Spring 2023 as your graduating term if you are simply participating in the Spring 2023 ceremonies - the ceremony does not directly correlate with your graduation term.
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 college coordinator.
The "legal name", also known as the graduate's primary name, is required to be used for official university business, such as transcripts, diplomas, and the graduate recognition program. Graduates can look up their primary name in the student center app on the CSULB single sign-on website.
If you wish to have a name different than your primary name listed on the graduate recognition program or personal grad slide please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before the March 1st deadline. Please contact Enrollment Services at email@example.com for degree and diploma related changes.
If you wish to change your legal name within the University system, you must submit a Legal Name Change Request form with all required documentation to the Office of Enrollment Services (BH 101) for students or to Payroll (BH 353) for employees. If you're a current or former CSULB student, you can submit a Legal Name Change Request with appropriate supporting documentation. This form is available under the ‘Registration/Records Forms’ heading on the Forms webpage, /enrollment-services/forms. Current and former CSULB employees (including student employees) cannot use this form and should instead contact the Payroll Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you change your graduation term, you will NOT need to reapply to graduate nor pay the fee again.
FERPA does not affect your ability to graduate. Enabling FERPA restrictions simply means you have restricted the sharing of your personal information with anyone other than the parties you have given permission to. You will NOT receive emails from Commencement, nor will you be listed in the commencement Graduate Recognition Program due to the FERPA privacy restriction.
The University, including Commencement, can NOT answer questions about you from your family members. If parent/s, sibling/s, grandparent or any family member or friend reaches out to ask us about your ceremony, etc. we are unable to answer their questions in specifics to you (did my child apply or RSVP yet? What ceremony are they in? Here’s a quote for my student’s slide, etc.) PLEASE direct friends and family to our website AND please inform them of your ceremony specifics.
If you are a Fall 2022 graduate, you will be eligible to participate in the 2023 ceremonies. Currently, there is NO fall commencement ceremony
No. At this time, CSULB does not offer Fall ceremonies. If you are a Fall graduate, you have the option of attending the Spring ceremony before or after your last semester.
Please continue to check your student email and check the commencement website for details regarding the 2023 ceremony as we release them! Look under the “Communications” tab if you feel you have missed any commencement emails.
In keeping with U.S. ADA regulations, people with disabilities may use a dog that is trained to do work or perform tasks for the guest. The work or tasks performed by the service animal must be directly related to the guest's disability. As such, animals that solely provide emotional support or companionship to a guest will not be permitted inside the ballpark.
Ceremonies are calculated for a certain amount of grads based on the departments split, so we cannot go over the allowable maximum set and your name will be scrolled and on display ONLY at your assigned ceremony. Your name will not be switched to another ceremony and your guests will miss seeing your name displayed on the jumbotron displays.
If a student misses the processional line up in Tunnel A, they will be sent directly to graduate seating to join the other grads.
Each graduate will receive 12 tickets. Extra tickets are not available for purchase.
The CSULB Bookstore offers free portrait sessions throughout the Spring semester! Please visit the GradImages website for more information on how to register, and take advantage of the 20% off pre-registration code available upon sign up.
Tickets are not sold. Please note, if a fellow graduate offers you extra tickets, the commencement department cannot transfer tickets to you officially. Students may use those tickets, however your guests will not be seated in the same area as yours and we are not able to accommodate switching seats.
If your question has not been answered by our FAQ page, please email us at email@example.com and include your student email, student ID, and college (ex. Business, Health & Human Services, Education, etc.) so we can properly assist you.
For faster response, please email instead of calling or leaving a voicemail as we work off campus.
During our busy times, we receive hundreds of emails and do our best to respond as soon as possible. Sending multiple emails pushes your requests further down the chain. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
Please direct any questions regarding graduation specific issues (such as whether you are eligible to graduate) to Enrollment Services at firstname.lastname@example.org