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Graduate FAQ

Graduates on Parade is a unique and special opportunity to celebrate our Class of 2020 graduates on Friday, May 15. Parade starts at 9 a.m. Graduates must enter the route by 10 a.m. Please review our FAQs below for important information about participating in the parade.

Important: Graduates and guests may not park or leave their vehicles. The route will be lined by CSUSM Faculty and Staff only for the safety of all attending.


Frequenly Asked Questions

  • Does the parade replace commencement?

     No. A commencement ceremony will take place on a date to be determined when it is safe to do so.
  • Can I decorate my vehicle?

    Yes! Participants are encouraged to decorate their vehicles (while complying with all California laws, of course). Student code of conduct applies to this event. No obscenities will be allowed. Faculty and staff would also appreciate seeing your name written somewhere on or within the vehicle to more easily recognize you. Keep in mind that your vehicle will be most visible from the passenger side along the parade route.
  • Can I wear my cap and gown?

    Yes, but it is not required.
  • Can I purchase a cap and gown on site?

    No. There will be no sales of any kind on the day of the parade.


  • What time is the parade?

     The parade will begin at 9 a.m. All graduates wishing to participate must enter the parade route by 10 a.m.
  • Who can participate in the parade?

    Only 2020 CSUSM graduates are allowed to participate. Please RSVP online if you plan to participate.
  • Do I need to RSVP if I plan to participate?

    Yes. Please RSVP online. The deadline to RSVP is Sunday, May 10 at 5 p.m.
  • What is the parade route?

    The parade route will begin on Craven Drive from Twin Oaks Valley Road. The exact parade route will be determined based on the number of participants who RSVP.
  • Who will be along the parade route?

    CSUSM faculty and staff will be there to cheer you on – while following social distancing measures, wearing appropriate face coverings, and following strict event guidelines. Only employees will be allowed to line the parade route. Due to county health order, guests, community members, or students will not be allowed on campus. The parade will be live streamed at
  • Can my friends and/or family follow in another vehicle?

    No. Only one vehicle is allowed per graduate. Guests from the same household unit may join a graduate in their one vehicle. Safety laws still apply (ie: every passenger must be wearing a seatbelt).
  • How long will the parade last?

    The estimated length of the parade will be determined by participation. Please complete the graduate participation form to let us know you will be coming. Graduates must enter the parade route by 10 a.m.


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