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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 on the University response status and resources website: .

2020 Ceremony Schedule - POSTPONED

Commencement Ceremony dates and schedule will be posted once this has been determined. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

 LOCATION: All ceremonies will be held at the California State University San Marcos Mangrum Track & Field.

GRAD CHECK-IN: All graduates will check-in 1 HOUR before their ceremony start time at the Softball Field.

We do not anticipate weather issues at this time, but the chance for inclement weather is always a possibility. The University will have measures in place to monitor weather conditions and make informed decisions concerning weather safety. In the likelihood of rain, the event will continue as planned. More extreme weather conditions will be monitored and addressed as required.

Friday, May 15th

College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences - 9:00AM & 2:00PM

*Ceremony 1 | 9:00am
American Indian Studies, BA
Anthropology, BA
Art, Media, and Design, BA
Communication, BA
Economics, BA
Environmental Studies, BA
Ethnic Studies, BA
Global Studies, BA
History, BA, MA
Liberal Studies, BA - including Integrated Credential Program (ICP)
Literature & Writing Studies, BA, MA
Media Studies, BA
Music, BA
Political Science, BA
Theatre, BA
Visual and Performing Arts, BA
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, BA
*Ceremony 2 | 2:00pm
Child & Adolescent Development, BA
Criminology & Justice Studies, BA
Psychological Science, BA, MA
Social Sciences, BA
Sociology, BA
Sociological Practice, MA
Spanish, BA, MA
Special Major, BA

College of Science & Mathematics - 7:00PM

Applied Physics, BS
Biochemistry, BS
Biological Sciences, BS, MS
Biotechnology, BS, MBt
Chemistry, BS, MS
Computer Science, BS, MS
Cybersecurity, MS
Mathematics, BS, MS
Wildfire Science and the Urban Interface, BS

Saturday, May 16th

College of Education, Health & Human Services - 9:00AM & 2:00PM

*Ceremony 1 | 9:00am
Kinesiology, BS, MS
Nursing, BS, MS

Speech - Language, Pathology, BS, MS

Public Health, MPH

*Ceremony 2 | 2:00pm
Credential (non ICP)
Education, MA
Educational Administration, MA
Educational Leadership, Ed.D
Human Development, BA
Reading, Language, Literacy, MA
Social Work, MSW
Special Education, MA

College of Business Administration - 7:00PM

Business Administration, BS, MBA


*Majors by ceremony subject to change.