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Faculty, Staff, Student Ambassadors

Be a part of the Celebration!

The Commencement Office invites all faculty, staff, and campus partners to join in on the celebration during one of the happiest celebrations hosted by the University! The Commencement Office utilizes Sign-Up Genius to help organize participants and time slots available. Each shift will be dependent on ceremony time and participants will be notified of the information sessions prior to Commencement. Help us make this a memorable experience for our fellow Cougars!  

Faculty Participation

graduates on stage

  • Faculty Sign-up Form
  • Faculty Training

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

  • Faculty Check-In and Parking

    All Faculty participating in the Commencement ceremonies must check at the Clarke Field House one-hour prior to the ceremony start time.  Please park in Parking Structure 1.

  • Faculty Recessional
    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 Attire
  • Snack & Meals
    Pre-packaged snacks and boxed meals will be served to those that sign-up for Commencement. There will be designated areas to have a break and eat.

Staff  and Campus Partners (Commencement Ambassadors)

Commencement graduates

  • Staff & Student Ambassador Sign-up Form

    The Commencement Office is utilizing Signup Genius to manage Commencement Staff Signups.  The Commencement Staff Sign-up Form will be organized by tabs according to area in Sign-up Genius. 





    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 Commencement Ceremonies!

  • Staff Info Session

    Tuesday, May 3 at 9:00am

    Via Zoom (link will be in the confirmation email you receive when you sign-up)


  • Check-In and Parking
    Please arrive 5 minutes prior to the start of your assigned shift and check-in at the Clarke Field House.  You will then be directed to go to your assigned location (field, stage, CFH, etc.). Please make sure you make proper arrangements to allow for travel time and possible traffic delays. Please park in Parking Structure 1.
  • 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, khakis, or jeans with comfortable shoes. If you do not have a commencement polo from previous years, you may wear your department shirt or blue CSUSM gear.

    Bring a bottle of water, a hat, and don't forget your sunscreen!

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  • Snacks & Meals
    Pre-packaged snacks and boxed meals will be served to those that sign-up for Commencement. There will be designated areas to have a break and eat.