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GradFest at CSUSM

GradFest 2021

February 24-25 | USU Ballroom | 9AM-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 support systems 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.

Expand on a section below to learn more about the GradFest 2021 vendors.

All vendors, services, and prices are subject to change. Check back closer to the event date for current information.

  • CSUSM Alumni Association

    Stay connected to Cal State San Marcos after graduation by becoming a member of the CSUSM Alumni Association! Get our exclusive Class Champion alumni membership package only available to the Class of 2021. This exclusive package is only available during Grad Fest and includes 2 years of Alumni Association membership, a gift to the Student Philanthropy Scholarship, a donor cord to wear at commencement, and an alumni branded reusable tote, t-shirt, license plate frame, and key chain. Check out the Alumni Association website to learn more. Contact us at (760) 750-4406 or send us an email.

  • The Commencement Group Flowers

    The Commencement Group Flowers offers orchid leis and modern fresh flower arrangements for graduate gift giving. All Commencement Group Flower 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 or for purchase on-site on commencement day. All pre-orders will be available for pickup by the graduate only, located by the Graduate Check-in Tables on the Softball Field. Guests who are placing an order will need to inform their graduate so that they may pick it up at the Commencement Group booth. Delivery is currently not being offered. 

    See The Commencement Group Website for more information. 

    • Double Orchid Lei, $40
    • Dozen Rose Bouquet, $40
    • Premium Pink Bouquet, $40
    • Premium Yellow Bouquet, $40
    • Premium White Bouquet, $40
    • Class of 2020 Kukui Nut Necklace, $25
    • CSUSM Branded Kukui Nut Necklace, $30
    • CSUSM Commemorative Commencement T-Shirt with class names, $25
  • diFranco Photography

    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 diFranco Photography or visit the diFranco Photography website.

  • Event Parking for Commencement

    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.
  • Extended Learning

    Looking to accelerate your career after you graduate? Speak with an Extended Learning representative to discuss the  full range of degrees and certificate programs  as well as individual courses they offer.  Explore the options and find the perfect program for you.

  • Faculty Staff Associations

    Faculty Staff Associations(FSAs) are a part of the The Office of Inclusive Excellence.  FSAs are all-volunteer organizations, officially recognized by the institution through our office, which allows them to apply for funding and host events on campus.

    The following FSAs are officially recognized:

    Meet with the above mentioned FSAs to inquire about their events especiallly their Graduate Recognition Ceremonies.

  • 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 visit the Jostens website.

    Pricing on regalia and GradFest Bundles will be mailed out to those that have applied for 2020-2021 graduation terms.

  • Makeup by Riva

    Need help getting ready for your photos? Hair and make-up services will be provided at GradFest! Professional makeup artist MakeupbyRiva will be bringing her team of professional hair and makeup artists to provide services to you prior to taking your graduate portrait at GradFest!

    Price: $35 cash only please. Your 30 minute hair appointment includes: a simple style, curl, blow dry or flat iron. Price: $40 cash only please. Your 30 minute appointment includes: foundation/powder, blush, liner, lip color, light eye shadow, and false eye lashes.

    Appointments are made through Signup Genius. Visit the Hair and Make-up Services page to get more information on pricing and how to schedule your appointment today!

  • CSUSM University Store

    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 our online store or call us at (760) 750-4737.

    Items offered at GradFest will be available for purchase at the University Bookstore by March 5, 2021.

    Pricing on regalia and GradFest Bundles will be mailed out to those that have applied for 2020-2021 graduation terms.

Please note that GradFest 2021 will be dependent on current COVID-19 health orders put forth by local government and the University. Any news regarding GradFest 2021 will be communicated via your CSUSM email and posted to the Commencement website as well as communicated by the Office of Communications and the Commencement Office.

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