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Commencement Guests

family at commencement

Welcome Family, Friends, & Guests!

The Commencement ceremonies will take place on campus at California State University San Marcos at the Mangrum Track & Field.  Guest tickets are not required. Keep in mind that traffic will be heavy surrounding the campus. Please allow adequate time for travel and parking.

2018 Commencement Ceremony Dates

Friday, May 18, 2018
9:00AM College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (ceremony 1)
1:00PM College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (ceremony 2)
5:30PM College of Science & Math
Saturday, May 19, 2018
9:00AM College of Education, Health & Human Services
1:30PM College of Business Administration

Full schedule and college major breakdown


Family and friends will enter campus from Twin Oaks Valley Road to Craven Drive.  Please follow the direction of our parking staff to nearest available parking spot .  

Guest Seating

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. 

After the Ceremony

Ceremony times are expected to run approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.  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.