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Guest Etiquette

The conferring of an academic degree is a tradition that dates back to the 12th century and is regarded as an important rite of passage for students and their families. Commencement is a time for celebration and recognition of your academic success, and the faculty and staff of California State University San Marcos congratulate you!  We ask that you remember this long and respected tradition and approach the ceremony with the proper decorum and respect.


Venue gates will open one-hour before the ceremony start time.  The venue must be cleared after each ceremony for a security sweep before graduates or guests will be permitted to enter for the following ceremony.

Bag Check

Bags, backpacks, duffle bags, wrapped packages/gifts, etc. will not be permitted inside the event venue. 
Purses are permitted and are subject to search, which may result in delays entering the venue.  We strongly recommend guests and graduates leave all belongings behind in a safe place.

Alcohol and Smoking Policy

This is a tobacco and alcohol free event. Tobacco products including electronic (e-cigs) are not allowed at commencement. Alcohol is prohibited on campus. The University observes a strict no-alcohol policy and commencement graduates and guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages onto the premises.

Prohibited Items

  • fireworks
  • bottles
  • beach balls
  • cans
  • pets
  • drugs or alcohol

University faculty and staff and security will strictly enforce this policy. Guests are not permitted in the graduate seating area or on stage.