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Frequently Asked Questions

 

The Beach family is thrilled to celebrate the Class of 2022 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, May 16-18, 2022.

Each college will host its own two-hour ceremony with degree conferrals for the Class of 2022.

College Ceremony Dates

  • College of Engineering - May 16, 9:00 AM
  • College of Education - May 16, 1:00 PM
  • College of Liberal Arts - May 16, 5:00 PM
  • College of the Arts - May 17, 9:00 AM
  • College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics - May 17, 1:00 PM
  • College of Business - May 17, 5:00 PM
  • College of Health & Human Services - May 18, 9:00 AM

Before Commencement


Am I eligible to graduate?

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

Apply to Graduate - Undergraduate Students

Apply to Graduate - Graduate Students

If you have applied to graduate for Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Summer 2022 or Fall 2022 (before the published deadlines), you will be eligible to participate in the 2022 ceremonies and your name will be listed in the program.

If you have questions on the application process, please email CSULB Enrollment Services at es-registration@csulb.edu.

What does my 'Apply to Graduate' fee pay for and can it be refunded?

A refund will not be issued because the 'Apply to Graduate' fee pays for services already rendered, including the costs of your degree audit as well as creating and shipping your diploma. 

The fee also partially funds the Commencement ceremony that will celebrate all graduates regardless of their attendance.

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

If you are a Fall 2022 graduate, you will be eligible to participate in either the 2022 or 2023 ceremonies and your name will be listed in both Graduate Recognition programs (as long as you applied to graduate by the appropriate deadline).

What if I no longer check my csulb.edu email account?

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.

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 college coordinator.

Will regalia be worn for the commencement ceremonies? How do I get my cap and gown?

Yes, regalia is available for purchase through the website, https://www.balfour.com/csulb.

There is no deadline for purchasing caps and gowns; however, to ensure delivery in time for commencement, orders should be placed at least 10 days before the ceremony. Orders are shipped directly to you. 

Need assistance placing an order? Contact Balfour  via email  or by phone 1-800-433-0296. 

For grads who wish to follow up on an existing order or would like to return their cap/gown can contact Balfour   via email  or by phone 1-833-714-0701.

Where can I take graduation photos?

Grad Images will be on campus during the Spring semester to hold free graduation photo sittings. These photography sessions are by appointment only to ensure that we follow appropriate protocols and distancing. Masks are required and students must take the COVID survey prior to coming to campus.  For questions about graduation photo sittings or photo packages, please call 562-985-7711 or email  fns-graduation@csulb.edu.

Where are good places to take photos on campus?

In coordination with the Bookstore, a map of iconic campus photo locations was put together: Iconic Selfie Sites CSULB Campus Self-Guided MAP.pdf

How do I request disability-related accommodations?

The facility is ADA accessible, please view accessibility labeled map here, and upon request, will provide reasonable disability-related accommodations. Guests may request accommodations at the gates once they arrive if they have not previously requested through the Bob Murphy Access Center Event Requst Form. ASL interpreting and real-time captioning will be provided at all in-person commencement ceremonies, available live at the stadium. Students and guests should request disability-related accommodations using the form below.

Accessibility iconTo request disability-relatedaccommodations, complete theBob Murphy Access Center Event Request Form 

Will my legal name or my preferred name be used on my diploma and grad slide?

The "legal name", also known as the graduate's primary name, is required to be used for official university business, such as transcripts, diplomas, the graduate recognition program, and their grad slide. 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 commencement@csulb.edu before the March 1st deadline. Please contact Enrollment Services at es-registration@csulb.edu 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, https://www.csulb.edu/enrollment-services/forms. Current and former CSULB employees (including student employees) cannot use this form and should instead contact the Payroll Office at payroll@csulb.edu.

How can I participate in the cultural graduation celebrations?

Cultural graduation celebrations are hosted each spring by the Division of Student Affairs and student organizations. For more information, please visit the Cultural Graduation Celebrations website or contact the office of the Division of Student Affairs.

Who do I contact to make a visa request to attend commencement?

The Center for International Education handles visa requests for those living outside of the country that want to attend commencement. They can be reached at cie-student@csulb.edu.

How can I review the commencement website in a language other than English?

  1. Open a web browser and go to  translate.google.com
  2. In the text box on the left, type in the entire CSULB Commencement URL, https://www.csulb.edu/commencement (be sure to include the http://). 
  3. In the text box on the right, choose the language you want to see the website in. 
  4. Click on the highlighted URL in the box on the right.

Commencement Ceremonies


What do I need to know about the in-person ceremony?

Angel Stadium of Anaheim provides a unique and exciting experience which ensures an in-person commencement to celebrate our graduates' accomplishments. The campus utilizes the entire stadium environment to provide custom, personalized experiences for our graduate and their families. The campus is excited to build on last year's Beach takeover of the Stadium and welcome the Class of 2022 to the CSULB Alumni family. Please check out our "What to Expect at Commencement" video compiled from last year's experience:

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A stadium environment provides the flexibility necessary to accommodate our historic graduating class size of nearly 12,000 graduates and their families. The campus utilizes the entire facility to provide graduate experiences that are family oriented and built to preserve the memory and celebration of the day. The in-person ceremony is designed to fill and empty the entire stadium 7 times over 2.5 days. We ask that you plan to arrive early, enter the facility prior to the ceremony start time, and pre-plan with your guests for where to gather following the ceremony. We particularly encourage you to gather at one of our Graduate Recognition Stages. 

Why Angel Stadium of Anaheim?

Building on the previous year’s excellent family experience, the campus has contracted with Angel Stadium of Anaheim to ensure, no matter the status of the pandemic or vendor availability, that in-person commencement ceremonies will be available to graduates and their guests. 

Angel Stadium of Anaheim provides a venue with flexibility to accommodate a historic graduating class close to 12,000 graduates and their families. The stadium maintains an exciting graduate experience while accommodating graduate and guest capacity growth. 

What will the in-person commencement ceremonies at Angel Stadium of Anaheim look like?

Before the ceremony, graduates will line up with their friends and colleagues according to their department and degree earned. Guests -up to ten (10) guests per graduate- will be seated in the stadium with views of the stage (stage location and seating map here), and watch while their graduates process into the graduate seating area, spotlighted on the scoreboard jumbotrons.   

Grads will process into the stadium to the cheers of the crowd. Once the graduates have marched in, are spotlighted, then seated with their fellow grads, the university and invited dignitaries will process onto the field. A CSULB alum will perform our alma mater and the Commencement ceremony remarks will begin. Each college will design their own program, but all ceremonies will end with the President and Provost conferring the appropriate degrees in each major. Graduates will be invited to stand during the conferral of their degree and celebrate together as they move their tassels indicating they are graduates!  

At the conclusion of the two (2) hour ceremony, the newly presented CSULB alumni will be invited to gather with their friends, families, and guests at the multiple graduate recognition stages surrounding the stadium. Graduates walk onto a stage to stand proud for photos as their name is announced in front of their custom created slide, which includes their name, major, photo (if customized), degree, and a brief quote (if added). The stages provide the opportunity for students to pose with fellow grads, friends, guests, family members, and department faculty members and celebrate their momentous achievement. Check out the Commencement Activities map here for locations of the stages, Bookstore and flower sales, tunnels, and check-in!

How many tickets will each graduate receive and how can they claim them?

Graduates will be allotted a maximum of ten (10) guest ceremony tickets to enter the stadium. The tickets are free, we do not sell additional tickets and have no knowledge about the sales of extra tickets.

Parking is free at the stadium, no passes required. 

On May 9th, 7AM, your unique, individual ticket code will be available when you login to single sign-on and access the Graduate Ticket tile. Those without access to single sign-on will receive it separately through your email. If a printed ticket is required, you or your guests will need to bring the ticket confirmation to the check-in at the stadium, where guests will be directed to a ticket window to claim their printed ticket/s. 

*Please note: You MUST CLAIM ALL TEN TICKETS IN ONE TRANSACTION. You cannot log out then log back in and reuse the code to claim another set/amount of tickets in separate processes. The code is for ONE TIME ONLY Single use. 

You and your guests will need to download the MLB Ballpark App and create an account to access the tickets.  

Please read these ticket redemption instructions and follow this tutorial for accessing and forwarding tickets to your guests and how to use the MLB Ballpark App & ticket barcode to enter the stadium. 

GRADUATE TICKET = GRADPASS 

Your GradPass is your ticket to enter the stadium when you arrive on your ceremony day. Every graduate who wishes to participate in the ceremony MUST have a GradPass. If you do not have one in MarchingOrder, please come to the MarchingOrder check-in table at the Home Plate pad at least 60 minutes before the ceremony to pick one up. Please have ticket confirmation ready to show you are a graduate at the correct ceremony.

How will graduates enter the Stadium?

Graduates will be asked to arrive 60-90 minutes before their ceremony. Please proceed to your assigned department (printed on your GradPass) at either Tunnel A or B as soon as you arrive at the stadium. Signs with department listings and tunnel assignments will be posted around the stadium and at the check-in tables at Home Plate Gate. Processions into the stadium will begin at 9AM, 1PM and 5PM.

Please ensure your guests are seated BY procession time – printed on the tickets- so they may cheer your arrival into the stadium and see you on the jumbotron as you cross the graduate platform. The procession tunnels will close 15 minutes before the ceremony start time to ensure all graduates are seated in time to enjoy the program. 

 

If you have applied to graduate for Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Summer 2022 or Fall 2022 BY March 1st, 2022, you will be eligible to participate in the 2022 ceremonies and your name will be listed in the printed and online versions of the Graduate Recognition program and added to MarchingOrder for a grad slide and name recording.

Which Tunnel do I go to, Tunnel A or Tunnel B?

TUNNEL A ONLY: If you are a graduate from College of  Engineering, Education, The Arts, or Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

TUNNELS A & B: If you are a graduate from the College of Liberal Arts, Business, or Health & Human Services, please see THIS LIST HERE of majors and their assigned tunnels.

COVID-19 Guidelines at Angel Stadium of Anaheim

The health and safety of our graduates, guests, and all others involved in commencement is our top priority.  Information on  Angel Stadium of Anaheim's Health and Safety Protocols are available on their website.

How will weather affect commencement ceremonies?

Commencement ceremonies will take place as scheduled, rain or shine. Graduates and guests are advised to plan for extreme weather conditions, including high heat. Guests and graduates should plan to arrive an hour prior and should dress accordingly for sitting outside in the sun and for climbing stadium stairs.


After Commencement


Graduate Recognition Stages and Family Gathering

Each graduate will have a customized name reading recorded and available to them along with their custom graduate slide. Utilizing the MarchingOrder QR code, the opportunity for graduates to have their name read aloud will take place at the eight Graduate Recognition Stages located outside the stadium throughout the parking lot.  These stages will be accessible before and after each ceremony. To use the Graduate Recognition Stages, all graduates must provide information to create their pre-recorded name and custom grad slide through MarchingOrder. Information and access to this system will be available in March. 

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Do I need to return my cap and gown?

If you purchased yours through the Bookstore, they are yours to keep. Rentals are not offered.

How do I receive my diploma?

Diplomas are not distributed at Commencement. They are issued after all degree requirements have been completed and verified. 

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). 

Where can I view my Grad Slide?

You can view and download your Grad Slide here.

Where can I get my photos taken at the Grad Recognition Stages?

GradImages is the company who took the photos and will email your proofs within a week or two after the ceremony.