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General Information and FAQ

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The ceremony will begin with a processional of graduates, faculty, and University officials. The Dean of your College will welcome the audience, give instructions, and recognize outstanding graduates.

You will cross the stage as your name is read from a card that will be provided to you on the day of your ceremony. Professional photographs will be taken. Photo proofs will be emailed to you.

The ceremony will last two hours with an optional hour-long reception immediately following. Refreshments and live music will be provided for you and your guests at the reception.

We want to ensure that your commencement ceremony is a great experience and memory for both you and your guests. For this reason we would like to recommend that you inform your guests that when leaving campus they avoid accessing the 405 Freeway from 7th Street because of traffic congesting. Alternative routes are both Palo Verde Avenue and Bellflower Boulevard, from which both the 405 North and South can be accessed.

Because of the large number of graduates at the largest ceremonies HHS, LA, Arts, and Business, will require tickets for each guest. Each student will receive 8 tickets so that all attendees have a pleasant experience.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I know if I’m 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 2014, January 2015, May 2015, or August 2015, (before the published deadlines), you will be invited to the May 2015 ceremonies and your name will be listed in the program.

Do I need to sign up ahead of time to attend the ceremony?

  • YES! The registration form will be available on this website from January 5, 2015 until May 15, 2015.

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 2014 candidate, you are part of the 2014-2015 academic class and you will be invited to the 2015 ceremony and your name will be listed in the 2015 program.
  • If you are a December 2015 candidate, you are part of the 2015-2016 academic class and you will be invited to the 2016 ceremony and your name will be listed in the 2016 program. You may attend the 2015 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 2014, January 2015, May 2015, or August 2015 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: Monday, 5/4/15 until Thursday, 5/7/15 from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. If you are unable to attend during this time, you can pick up your tickets until the day before your ceremony at the Bookstore. 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 19, 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?

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: 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?

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?

  • Return gown to the bookstore.

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?

    Please see the list of personnel at the bottom of this page.

 

Diplomas

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.

Diploman iconYour 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 Bookstore: (562) 985-5093.

Ceremony Details

Each college is responsible for the logistical coordination of its own ceremony. For information regarding your college's ceremony, please contact the appropriate individual listed below:

College Contacts for Ceremony details
College Coordinator Phone (562)
Arts Bethany Price 985-4364
Business Administration Margaret Williams 985-5307
Education and Liberal Studies Kristina Hancock 985- 2330
Engineering Kim Truesdelle 985-8032
Health and Human Services Sharon Cruz 985-4691
Liberal Arts Valerie Christian 985-5384
Natural Sciences & Mathematics Lane Olsen-Cooper 985-1521
Parking Information   985-4146
General Ceremony Information Lori Vidal 985-2351

Flowers & Leis

LeisThe 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 in the central quad.  

Alcohol Policy

Strict adherence to a non-alcohol policy for this event will be enforced. Graduates and their guests shall not be permitted to carry onto the premises or consume alcoholic beverages during any part of the Commencement ceremonies.

Cell Phone Policy

cell phoneOnce the ceremony begins graduates and guests are asked to turn off their cell phones until the conclusion of the ceremony.

Questions or Additional Information

Each college has appointed a Commencement Coordinator to facilitate planning and activities. If you have questions, or if you are disabled, please contact your college representative (listed at the bottom of this page) for additional information about your ceremony.

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