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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 by clicking here.

Day-of Timeline

Time Action Location
1 hour before your ceremony Arrive for check-in. Complete your reader card. Softball Field
45 minutes before Dress in your cap, gown, tassel. Visit the restroom. Grab a drink of water Clark Field House
30 minutes before Find your major in the line-up area.  Take photos with fellow grads and Crash! Softball Field
15 minutes before Line up with your major, have your reader card in-hand Softball Field
Ceremony start time Follow the direction of Commencement staff toward the Mangrum Track & Field Mangrum

Important Reminders

The ceremony will last approximately 2-2.5 hours (this is an estimate on past ceremonies).  Please be courteous to your classmates and stay for the duration of the ceremony. 

A professional photographer will take your photo on the stage at the ceremony.  They will contact you via email after the ceremony with your photo proofs.  Be sure to legibly write your email address on your reader card. 

Designate a meeting area with your guests before the ceremony begins.  Allow 1 hour to exit the venue and parking lots. 

You will receive a diploma cover at the ceremony. Your actual diploma will be mailed to you 8-12 weeks after the ceremony. Questions regarding your diploma should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.  The Commencement Office does not handle diplomas.