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CSULB Commencement

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What to Expect:

Congratulations on your great achievement! We want to ensure that your commencement ceremony is a great experience and memory for both you and your guests. For this reason we would like to recommend that you inform your guests that when leaving campus they avoid accessing the 405 Freeway from 7th Street because of traffic congesting. Alternative routes are both Palo Verde Avenue and Bellflower Boulevard, from which both the 405 North and South can be accessed.

Because of the large number of graduates at the largest ceremonies HHS, LA, Arts, and Business, will require tickets for each guest. Each student will receive 8 tickets so that all attendees have a pleasant experience. Tickets will be available for graduates to pick up from the Bookstore during cap and gown distribution.

The ceremony:

The processional, directed by faculty marshals, marches over an outdoor route in the central quad which will maximize the visibility of candidates and faculty in their multicolored hoods and gowns.

Music for the processional and recessional will be played by the University Brass Ensemble.

A typical Ceremony will begin with the Dean of the College welcoming the audience, giving instructions, and recognizing outstanding graduates.

Candidates for degrees will be recognized individually by being called to the platform. Each name will be read from a card which the candidate will have filled out while lining up for the processional, and each will cross the platform.

Image of a ceremony moment

Photographs will be taken and the candidate will be directed back to his/her seat by the faculty marshals.

Candidates will rise as directed and remain standing while the President confers the degrees.

CapAfter the President confers the degrees, the Grand Marshal will lead the recessional of graduates and dignitaries from the Commencement site to the reception.


The ceremony will last approximately two hours. The audience is asked to remain seated until the recessional has been completed.

Class of 2016


Congratulations Class of 2016!

Schedule of Ceremonies

Graduation DVDs from previous years are available at CSULB Bookstore/49er Shops!


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Schedule of Ceremonies

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All ceremonies are approximately two hours in length. Graduates are expected to remain until the ceremony has concluded and the President has conferred the degrees.

See complete schedule of ceremonies