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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.

2019 Commencement Ceremony Dates

Full schedule and college major breakdown


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

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.