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March 11 & 12 | USU Ballroom | 10AM-7PM

Purchase your cap and gown, diploma frame, order your announcements, orchid lei, college ring, have your graduation photo taken, and join the Alumni Association all in one place! Participate in our Instagram Photo Contest and you will entered in a drawing to win one of more than ten prizes, like a cap and gown set or an orchid lei!

All graduating students and their parents are encouraged to attend. 

Parking passes are available for purchase at the parking structure permit machines if you do not have a current CSUSM parking permit.

Alumni Association - The CSUSM Alumni Association is a committed partner of the University. Our mission is to support and encourage the advancement of the University while fostering lifelong Cougar pride, loyalty, and involvement between alumni, local businesses, and the community at large. Alumni Association dues are $30 per year or $300 for a Lifetime Membership. NEW GRADUATES will be offered a one-time deal of two years for $30. Check out the Alumni Association website to learn more! Contact us at (760) 750-4406 or

Jostens - Jostens is a leading provider of products and services that help people celebrate important moments and recognize achievements. Jostens representatives will be present at GradFest to assist students with purchasing class rings, announcements and graduation Regalia. In addition, there will also be a representative on campus throughout the spring semester and at all commencement ceremonies selling class rings. For any questions regarding a Graduation Regalia please contact the CSUSM Bookstore, for Class Ring and Announcement information please contact Sandy Noel at

diFranco Photography - diFranco Photography will take professional photos during GradFest and the commencement ceremonies.  At GradFest, you will have the opportunity to sit for your official regalia portrait with no sitting fee and no obligation to purchase.  Cap and gown provided.  You will have the option of ordering from a variety of packages, however, there is no obligation to purchase. For more information or questions, email

Need help getting ready for your photos? Hair and make-up services will be provided at GradFest!

Event Parking - Everyone's favorite large event topic! Talk to reps from UPD and Parking Services for event parking information, maps, and ask any questions you may have.

Graduation Day Flowers - Graduation Day Flowers offers orchid leis and modern fresh flower arrangements for graduate gift giving. All Graduation Day Flowers bouquets are wrapped in elegant, environmentally friendly wrappings, and last at least a week. Orchid leis are offered as a wearable floral alternative that looks great in graduation photos. Products are available for pre-order at a discount or for purchase on-site on commencement day. See the Graduation Day Flowers Website for more information. 

All pre-orders will receive 50% off the 2nd item:

  • Double Orchid Lei, $40
  • Single Orchid Lei, $30
  • Dozen Rose Bouquet, $40
  • Spring Bouquet, $30
  • 4-Rose Bouquet, $25
  • Premium Kukui Nut Necklace, $40
  • CSUSM Branded Kukui Nut Necklace, $40

University Store/ CSUSM Bookstore - The University Store/CSUSM Bookstore is pleased to serve as the University‚Äôs official academic regalia provider for all graduates and participating faculty. The University Store will be on hand at GradFest, and at all of the commencement ceremonies so graduates and guests may purchase regalia items, diploma frames, Alumni products and gift items. For regalia pricing and information on ordering announcements and class rings, please visit or call us at (760) 750-4737.

Professional Hair and Make-up - Professional makeup artist MakeupbyRiva, along with her team of professional hair and makeup artists, will provide hair and make-up services for students prior to them taking their graduate portrait. The cost is $35 for makeup and $30 for hair, CASH ONLY. Your $35 for makeup includes the following: foundation/powder, blush, liner, lip color, light eye shadow, and false eye lashes. Your $30 for hair includes a simple style, curl, blow dry or flat iron.

 Please note: all vendors, services, and prices are subject to change. Check back closer to the event date for current information.