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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). 

You may read the official announcement on the University response status and resources website: www.csusm.edu/incident

Faculty

  • Faculty Sign-up Form

  • Faculty Training

    Faculty Marshal and Reader training will be held before the event.  Dates, times and locations will be emailed to those who signed up.

     Reader Information Session (attend one): Dates/Times TBD

     Marshal Training (attend one): Dates/Times TBD

  • Faculty Check-In

    All Faculty participating in the Commencement ceremonies must check at the Clarke Field House one-hour prior to the ceremony start time. 

    Weather Forecast

  • Faculty Processional

    Faculty will march in the processional behind the students and before the Platform Party. Please check-in at the Faculty Table located in the Clarke Field House.  The Faculty will assemble on the terrace; students will assemble and line-up on the right side of the Clarke Field House then proceed down the pathway toward the Mangrum Track & Field.  Staff at the Faculty Table will be available to assist Faculty. 
  • Faculty Recessional

    The Platform Party will exit the stage and ceremony site first, followed by the Faculty. However, rather than exiting the ceremony site entirely, the Faculty will exit the graduate seating area and form a double line immediately beyond it, along the recessional route, so that Faculty may greet students and offer congratulations as the students exit the ceremony site.  The Faculty Marshals will assist in creating this "congratulatory line."  The Students will continue the recessional to the meet and greet area.
  • Faculty Regalia

    Rental: Deadline TBD

    You may rent academic regalia (cap, gown, hood, tassel) from the University Store. To make your rental arrangements, please contact the University Store (x4730).

    Purchase: Deadline TBD

    You may purchase regalia by contacting Sandra Noel at sandra.noel@jostens.com 

  • Faculty Refreshments

    Light refreshments during breaks will be provided. There is an optional lunch on both days. Supervisors will coordinate lunch and breaks. Lunch will be served in the Clarke Field House Grand Salon.  Don't forget to sign up for lunch on your sign-up form in order to be included in our catering count. 

Staff & Student Ambassadors

  • Staff & Student Ambassador Sign-up Form

    The Commencement Office is utilizing Signup Genius to manage Commencement Staff Signups. Once the new Commencement date is announced, you can click on the button below to choose your preferred area(s), date(s), and time(s).

    2020 Commencement Staff Sign-ups

    Student Ambassadors will sign-up for their preferred area by clicking on the button above (via Signup Genius). An email will be sent to Student Ambassadors with important information to review prior to their shift.

    Please note that  we try to accommodate all requests, but if there is a position that requires additional assistance, you could be placed there to assist. We thank you for your understanding and for your participation during the 2020 Commencement Ceremonies!

  • Training (staff only)

    Please attend one session:

    • Commencement Staff Information Session #1: TBD
    • Commencement Staff Information Session #2: TBD

    2019 Training Presentation Slides

    Student Ambassadors will receive an email with assignment detail. No training required.

  • Assignments

    Staff members working the Commencement Ceremonies will be given pre-assigned duties for each day. Assignments will be handed out at the staff training sessions. Assignments may include graduate check-in, graduate line up, or the distribution of programs and information. Please plan on attending one of the training sessions.

    Student Ambassadors will receive an email with assignment detail. No training required.

    Please note that  we try to accommodate all requests, but if there is a position that requires additional assistance, you could be placed there to assist. 

  • Check-In

    Please arrive at the start of your assigned shift and check-in at the Clarke Field House.  Then check-in with your staff area supervisor at your assigned location (field, stage, CFH, etc.). Please make sure you make proper arrangements to allow for travel time and possible traffic delays.
  • Shift Times

    Please note that end times are approximate times. Shifts will end when ceremonies conclude and all clean-up or re-set is complete.
  • Attire

    Commencement polo shirt with dress slacks or khakis (NO JEANS) with comfortable shoes. You may want to bring your own bottle of water, a hat, etc. Please don't forget your sunscreen!

    Weather Forecast

  • Refreshments

    Light refreshments during breaks will be provided. There is an optional lunch on both days. Supervisors will coordinate lunch and breaks. Lunch will be served in the Clarke Field House Grand Salon.  Please make sure to sign up for preferred shifts so that we may include you  in our catering count.