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FAQ

When is GradFest?

GradFest 2018 will be held March 14 & 15, 10am-6pm, in the USU Ballroom.

What is the difference between graduation and Commencement?

Graduation is the term in which you have officially completed all of your graduation requirements.  Commencement is the ceremony held at the end of each year.

What does it cost to participate in the Commencement ceremonies?

The University does not charge students to participate in Commencement. Students only have to purchase their graduation regalia (cap, gown, tassel, medallion).

What do I need to do to participate in the ceremony?

All graduates need to fill out the Participation Form.   This does not take the place of applying to graduate, you must still do that through the Registrar's Office on MyCSUSM.

Do I need tickets and parking passes for my guests?

No, all parking is complimentary at Commencement. There are no tickets issued for this event.  Seating is on a first come first serve basis.

Where can I purchase my cap and gown?

GradFest is your first opportunity to purchase your Commencement regalia.  The University Store is your contact for all regalia purchases, exchanges, and questions. (760) 750-4630

Can I decorate my cap?

Yes, but please make sure that all cap decorations remain flat; it cannot obstruct the view of the person sitting behind you.

What should I bring to Commencement?

Your regalia (cap, gown, tassel, medallion).  A water bottle is highly recommended. You will be outdoors with no shade, we recommend you apply sunblock.  No bags will be permitted.

Where do I park?

Graduates and their guests can park in lots B, C, E, F, and X, Y, Z.  Please follow the direction of the parking attendants for the nearest parking available.  Handicap parking is available in lots Y and Z.  Please display a handicap placard if you or your guests require handicap parking.

When and where do I check-in at Commencement?

Graduates will check-in at the softball field one-hour prior to the start of your ceremony. 

What should I wear to Commencement?

Your cap, gown, tassel, medallion, and comfortable clothing underneath.  Heels are not recommended.  Graduates will walk on grass, stairs, and uneven ground.

Can I sit with my friends at Commencement?

All students are required to sit with their major, so yes; you can sit with your friends within your major.

Do you sell DVD copies of the ceremony?

No, but the link to the entire ceremony will be posted on the Commencement website two weeks after the ceremonies. 

If I am not attending Commencement, will my name still appear in the program?

Yes, the names of all graduates who have applied to graduate by November 1st for fall, and March 15th, for spring and summer will be listed even if they choose not to participate in the ceremony.

Can my guests take pictures at commencement?

Yes, they are able to take pictures from the guest seating area only and the aisles must remain clear at all times.

If I am a double major and my majors are in 2 colleges, which ceremony do I walk in?

You will walk with your primary major, whichever college that falls in.

Do you have wheelchairs available for guests?

No, we are not able to provide wheelchairs for guests. All guests requiring wheelchair assistance will need to bring their own.  We will have wheelchair accessible seating available on a first-come, first-served basis near the Lots Y and Z entrance.

What do I do if I arrive late to the ceremony?

If you are late to the ceremony, please check-in with a volunteer in a blue shirt at the field. You will have to sit in the back of the last row of graduates, which means your name will not be called with your major but with the major of those students in the last row.  

If I am unable to participate in my college’s ceremony, can I participate in another one?

No, graduates must participate in the ceremony of their college. 

Who is Eligible for Honors?

Only undergraduate students are eligible for honors. Your college will contact you if you are honors eligible to pick up your honor cord and reader card.

  • Cum laude - at least 3.5, but less than 3.7
  • Magna cum laude - at least 3.7, but less than 3.9
  • Summa cum laude - at least 3.9

When will I receive my diploma?

Once your final grades are posted, the Office of the Registrar will process your diploma and mail to the address you have in your MyCSUSM portal.  This process takes 8-12 weeks after final grades are posted.

For any additional questions, please contact the Commencement Office at 760-750-DONE (3663) or commencement@csusm.edu