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Welcome Family, Friends, & Guests!

Commencement 2020 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 by clicking here.

  • Ceremony Location

    California State University San Marcos
    Mangrum Track & Field
    333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
    San Marcos, CA 92096
  • Parking

    Please review the Event Parking page for traffic, directions, drop off, and general parking information.
  • Venue

    Commencement is an outdoor event.  All guest seating will be in direct sunlight with no shade available, however, the weather in May is unpredictable.  Please check the weather for Commencement weekend and dress appropriately. 

    The venue entrance at the Mangrum Track & Field is a downhill ADA compliant ramp. Some guests may require assistance exiting the field.

    The USU Ballroom will be available as an alternate viewing room for those who cannot tolerate the weather conditions on the Mangrum Track & Field.  Guests may be dropped off at Chavez Circle outside the USU.

  • Guest Seating

    There are no tickets and no entry fee for this event. Seating is first come, first served. Please limit guest count to 10.
  • Ceremony Schedule

  • After the Ceremony

    Ceremony times are expected to run approximately 2-2.5 hours (estimate only based on previous years' ceremonies).  If you have lunch or dinner reservations, allow at least 1.5 to 2 hours after each ceremony to give yourself time to meet your graduate, take photos, get back to your vehicles and exit from the parking lot.