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The postponement of the 2020 Commencement Ceremonies (originally scheduled for May 15 and 16) will not affect the conferral of your degree. You may read the official 2020 Commencement Ceremonies postponed announcement.

Diplomas are not distributed at commencement.  You will receive a diploma cover at the ceremony. 


How to receive your diploma cover:

Typically diploma covers are handed out during the Spring Commencement Ceremonies.

In Spring 2020, a few graduates received their diploma cover at the Graduates on Parade Event. 

The Commencement Office Staff is considered non-essential staff. Due to campus closure for the Summer and Fall, non-essential staff are unable to go on campus nor schedule in-person meetings/pickups. Once all staff are allowed to return to campus, the Commencement Office will arrange for in-person pickups in a safe manner or distribute them at the rescheduled Commencement ceremony. Unfortunately we will be unable to mail out diploma covers.

How to receive your diploma:

  1. Apply to graduate in MyCSUSM: You will receive a confirmation email from the Office of the Registrar that will remind you to review the Graduate Checklist, and verify your name, major, and mailing address are up to date in MyCSUSM.
  2. Your degree is conferred: Once your final term grades are posted, your academic record will be evaluated and if all requirements are met, your degree will be conferred (awarded). 
  3. Confirmation Email: Once your degree is conferred, you will receive a confirmation email from the Office of the Registrar. This email will remind you to double check that your mailing address is correct in MyCSUSM.
  4. Your diploma is mailed to you:  The Office of the Registrar will mail your diploma approximately 6-8 weeks after your degree is conferred to the address indicated on MyCSUSM in your Student Service Center. We recommend you log in to MyCSUSM and verify your mailing address is correct.

For more information about diplomas and graduation, visit the Office of the Registrar website or email the Office of the Registrar: . Currently, the University has gone virtual with all services and phone lines are not monitored.