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Commencement has been Postponed

We are saddened to share that the 2020 Cal State San Marcos commencement ceremony scheduled for May 15-16 will be postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.   

This very difficult decision was made with the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and guests at the forefront, and in consultation with public health experts and leadership from our 23-campus California State University system. 

We know how important Commencement is and we are committed to moving this important milestone to a date later this year when it is appropriate and safe to do so. It’s not a question of whether, but when. In addition, we are committed to consulting with ASI student leaders as we move forward with any plans.

We will share more information as soon as we can. We ask for your patience and understanding as we continue to find solutions during these unprecedented times. 

Updates regarding Commencement will be posted on this website along with our Instagram page (@csusmcougarcentral). Current graduates will also be informed via their CSUSM Email Account once a Commencement date has been determined.

You may read the official announcement on the CSUSM Incident Response Status site.


Main access to the campus is from State Highway 78 at Twin Oaks Valley Road. Take Twin Oaks Valley Road south for approximately a half mile and you will be at campus.  Follow road signage and traffic officers to the nearest available parking.

Traffic congestion and backups are anticipated Friday, Saturday and Sunday on surrounding campus streets, especially along South Twin Oaks Valley Road, the 78 Freeway, Barham Drive, and Craven Road. Motorists should expect traffic delays; graduates, families, and friends are advised to plan accordingly to arrive on time.

Due to construction, Barham Dr. has lane closures taking place on both East and West bound lanes.

Traffic will be heavy, please allow adequate time for travel and parking!

Alternate Routes to Campus

Driving westbound on Highway 78 from Interstate 15, Take exit 14, Woodland Parkway/Barham Dr.  And stay to the right. Take the next RIGHT (South) onto Woodland Parkway Turn RIGHT (West) onto Barham Dr.  The campus is 1 mile down on the left.

Driving eastbound on Highway 78 from Interstate 5, Take exit 12 for San Marcos Blvd.  Turn right onto San Marcos Blvd.  Make a left onto Bent Ave. Bent Ave turns into Craven Road. Follow Craven Road 1.3 miles to the campus.

Graduate Drop Off

Graduates carpooling with guests may be dropped off at the Campus Way roundabout (near the USU) for easy walking access to the Softball Field.  Please note, guests are not permitted past the Clarke Field House and should proceed to park in lot F after dropping off their graduate. 

Graduate and Guest Parking

Parking lots will open 1 hour prior to the start of each ceremony and parking is complimentary. Lots C, X, Y, Z, and F are closest to the event venue. The ceremony traffic will overlap so guests will be directed to park in the closest available parking lot.  Event signage will direct guests to the Event Site (Mangrum Track and Field).

ADA Accessible Parking

ADA parking is available for guests with disabled placards and plates in Lot B. ADA parking will open 1 hour prior to the start of each ceremony and parking is complimentary (parking is on a first come first serve basis).

Enter Lot C to access Lot B.

Please ensure disabled placards are clearly visible. No Shuttle service will be available.

Avoid the Traffic and Take the Sprinter!

It is about a 15-minute walk from the Sprinter station to the ceremony site (shuttle transportation is not available).


Designated Drop-Off and Pick-up location will be at Lot Z ONLY.

From Twin Oaks Valley Road, enter Lots XYZ at Campus Marketplace, turn LEFT at Lot Z when directed by traffic officer to do so.


Venue gates will open 1 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.