Information For

Commencement Guests

Welcome family, friends, and guests to the 2016 Commencement Ceremonies!

Friday, May 20, 2016

College of Business Administration - 9:00am

College of Science and Mathematics - 1:00pm

College of Education, Health and Human Services - 4:30pm

Saturday, May 21, 2016

College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (Ceremony A, see majors) - 9:00am

College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (Ceremony B, see majors) - 1:00pm

The 2016 Commencement Ceremonies will take place on campus of California State University San Marcos. Ceremonies will begin promptly at the designated times. There is ample guest seating so tickets are not required. Keep in mind that traffic will be heavy surrounding the campus. Please allow adequate time for travel and parking!

Family and friends will enter campus from Twin Oaks Valley Road to Craven Drive and asked to park in Lot B, C, X, Y & Z .  All guest seating will be in direct sunlight with no shade available however, the weather in May is unpredictable.  Please check the weather for Commencement weekend and dress appropriately. 

Ceremony times are expected to run approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.  If you have lunch or dinner reservations, allow at least 1.5 to 2 hours after each ceremony to give yourself time to meet your graduate, take photos, get back to your vehicles and exit from the parking lot.

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Vendors Present at Commencement 

Alumni Association - The Alumni Association of CSUSM is a committed partner of the University. Underlying all that we do is the belief in the value of education to the well-being of society, and a commitment to philanthropy, integrity, diversity, and service. Alumni Association dues are $30 per year or $300 for a Lifetime Membership. NEW GRADUATES will be offered a onetime deal of 2 years for $30. Check out the Alumni Association website to learn more! Or you can contact us at (760) 750-4406 or

Information on Graduation Flowers coming soon.  

diFranco Photography - diFranco Photography will be taking professional photos during the commencement ceremonies. At commencement, two photographs will be taken of each graduate, one photo with President Haynes on stage, and a second photo will be taken holding your diploma cover. You will have the option of ordering from a variety of packages, however, there is no obligation to purchase. For more information or questions email: or call us at (866) 689 - 4329. 

University Store/ CSUSM Bookstore - The University Store/CSUSM Bookstore is pleased to serve as the University’s official academic regalia provider for all graduates and participating faculty. The University Store will be at all of the commencement ceremonies so graduates and guests may purchase regalia items, diploma frames, Alumni products and gift items. For regalia pricing and information on ordering announcements and class rings, please visit or call us at (760) 750-4737.

Sodexo - food and beverages will be sold by Sodexo at all commencement ceremonies.