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GradFest the one-stop-shop for all things Commencement

March 15 & 16 from 10am -6 pm in the USU Ballroom

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. Two class rings will be given away each day, so be sure to enter to win at the commencement table! All graduating students and their parents are encouraged to attend.

Alumni Association - The Alumni Association of CSUSM is a committed partner of the University. Underlying all that we do is the belief in the value of education to the well-being of society, and a commitment to philanthropy, integrity, diversity, and service. Alumni Association dues are $30 per year or $300 for a Lifetime Membership. NEW GRADUATES will be offered a onetime deal of 2 years for $30. Check out the Alumni Association website to learn more! Or you can 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 be taking 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.  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:

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 for more information. 

All pre-orders will recieve 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’s 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 Makeup Artists - Professional makeup artist MakeupbyRiva will be bringing her team of professional hair and makeup artists to provide services for students prior to them taking their graduate portrait. These professional artists and beauty experts all have been employed, trained and certified by the brand MAC Cosmetics. The cost is $30 for makeup and $25 for hair, CASH ONLY. Your $30 for makeup includes the following: foundation/powder, blush, liner, lip color, light eye shadow, and fake eye lashes. Your $25 for hair includes a simple style, curl, blow dry or flat iron. Appointments will be available starting February, 2017.

Cougar Chronicle - CSUSM's independent student-run newspaper, The Cougar Chronicle, is pleased to offer the opportunity to purchase announcements in our May 9, 2016 Graduation issue.  Celebrate your graduate’s hard work and dedication with a message that will be shared with the entire campus community.  The Cougar Chronicle Graduation issue will be handed out at Commencement and distributed on campus the week of finals.  Don’t miss this opportunity to acknowledge your student's success in the keepsake Graduation edition.

Parking passes are available for purchase at the parking structure permit machines if you do not have a current CSUSM Spring 2017 parking permit.