Details for Graduating Candidates




Fall 2018 Semester
Undergraduate Degrees Application Deadline: Preceding March 1, 2018
Graduate and Doctorate Degrees Application Deadline: Preceding June 15, 2018
Winter 2019 Intersession
Undergraduate Degrees Application Deadline: Preceding September 1, 2018

Graduate and Doctorate Degrees Application Deadline: Preceding September 15, 2018

Spring 2019 Semester
Undergraduate Degrees Application Deadline: Preceding October 15, 2018

Graduate and Doctorate Degrees Application Deadline: Preceding November 15, 2018

Summer 2019 Term
Undergraduate Degrees Application Deadline: Preceding February 1, 2019

Graduate and Doctorate Degrees Application Deadline: Preceding February 15, 2019


Commencement is the ceremony in which degrees are conferred on candidates who are eligible to graduate for a given term. To be eligible to participate in the 2019 Commencement ceremonies, graduating candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. File to graduate by the published deadlines, or before April 4, 2019, for the eligible declared graduation terms listed above.

  2. Be on track to complete their degree requirements by the end of the eligible declared graduation terms listed above. To officially graduate from Cal State LA, students must satisfy all university, college, and departmental requirements for a specific degree.

  3. Register to participate in the Commencement ceremonies by reserving guest tickets during Grad Fair in April 10 or 11, 2019, OR online from April 22 — May 3, 2019.


Candidates who submit their graduation application after April 4, 2019, will not be able to register to participate by reserving guest tickets during Grad Fair. However, they will be able to reserve guest tickets during the open registration period online from April 22 to May 3, 2019. After May 3, 2019, all eligible candidates are not guaranteed to be able to participate in the ceremonies and/or able to obtain guest tickets.

Please note that it can take 5 - 7 business days for the graduation application to be processed and verified before it is submitted for inclusion in the ceremonies to the Commencement Planning Committee. Please take this into account when submitting your graduation application after the published deadline dates listed above.


Fall 2018 and winter 2019 graduates are automatically listed in the printed Commencement book. In addition, candidates who submitted a graduation application for spring 2019 or summer 2019 on or before April 4, and are projected to graduate during these terms, are also included. Students who submit a late graduation application after April 4, 2019, will not be included in the book. Inclusion in the printed book does not guarantee graduation from the University, nor is the list inclusive. The name listed will be the primary name as it appears on the graduating candidate's GET account.


If graduating candidates do not wish their name, degree or honor (if any) listed in the printed Commencement booklet, please email no later than April 4, 2019.



The primary name as it appears on the graduating candidate's GET account is the name that will be used for the following:
  • Diploma
  • Name listing on the Commencement program booklet
  • Name card during Commencement for the name readers and photographers
Cal State LA recognizes that some students may wish to use a Preferred First Name other than their legal name to identify themselves. The university acknowledges that a Preferred First Name can and should be used where possible in the course of university business and education. For the Commencement printed program and name reading during the ceremonies, eligible candidates must submit request a preferred first name change by April 4, 2019 by clicking here.


The mailing address, Cal State LA and personal email address, and phone number listed on the graduating candidate's GET account is the information that will be used for the following:
  • Diploma mailing
  • Commencement notifications
If mailing address is incorrect, GET must be updated before the expected graduation term to ensure delivery of diploma. If the email address is incorrect, GET must be updated on or before April 4, 2019 to ensure receipt of Commencement notifications.


Notifications will be sent to both the Cal State LA email address and alternate email address (as listed with the University) regarding Commencement registration, guest ticket reservation, and other Commencement related information during the following dates:

  • Early February 2019 — notifications will be sent to fall 2018 and winter 2019 graduates
  • Mid March 2019 — notifications will be sent to projected graduates for spring 2019 and summer 2019



Graduating candidates who require assistance during Commencement, can contact the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) at (323) 343-3140 or by email at two weeks or more before the ceremonies. OSD can assist with:

  • check-in
  • seating
  • getting to and from the stage
  • recessional

The Office for Students with Disabilities can provide limited assistance to guests attending the ceremonies.


Sign language interpreters will be on stage and projected on the jumbo screens during each Commencement ceremony. Closed captioning will also be projected on the jumbo screens inside the gymnasium.



Graduating candidates obtaining a bachelor's degree, who maintain an outstanding academic record while earning their degree, are accorded special recognition upon graduation and are given honor cords to wear during Commencement. To be eligible for honors, the graduating candidate must have completed a minimum of 45 units in residence at Cal State LA and have attained the appropriate standing (in terms of cumulative grade point average earned at Cal State LA) as described below:

  • Summa Cum Laude: GPA equal to or greater than 3.9
  • Magna Cum Laude: GPA equal to or greater than 3.75 but less than 3.9
  • Cum Laude: GPA equal to or greater than 3.5 but less than 3.75

These honors are designated on the diploma and permanent academic record. In spring 2019, the college deans will notify eligible graduating candidates about their honor designation, and provide the date and location the honor cords can be picked-up.


Each year, hundreds of military veterans proudly graduate from Cal State LA. To celebrate their academic achievement and their service to our country, the Veterans Resource Center hosts an annual event each spring for graduating military veterans. The event, attended by Cal State LA President William A. Covino and other campus administrators, honor our graduating military veterans with a Veterans Cord Ceremony. The red, white, and blue cord given to each graduating military veteran student can be worn with his/her regalia during Commencement.

For more information, please visit the Veterans Resource Center website or contact (323) 343-5080, or email


Support your graduating class by giving to Cal State LA, and you’ll be able to show your generosity at Commencement with a special black and yellow cord to wear with your regalia. To receive yours, purchase a Grad Pack during Grad Fair on April 10 and 11, or make a gift of $20.19 or more by clicking here — and be part of this new tradition!



For the safety and security of all our guests, faculty and staff, all graduating candidates must pass through security at the designated student check-in entrance next to the Physical Education building across from the Engineering & Technology building. All bags are subject to search by security personnel, including purses, camera cases and diaper bags.

For safety and accessibility, bags that graduating candidates bring must fit under their seat without impeding aisle space and walkways. Please be mindful that upon returning from walking across the stage, seating could shift and the graduate might not sit at the exact same location. The University is not responsible for lost or stolen items. 


The following items will not be allowed inside the venue and the graduating candidate seating area:

  • Alcohol
  • Balloons
  • Beach balls
  • Beverages
  • Bicycles
  • Bottles and cans
  • Cigarettes and E-cigarettes (the University is a tobacco and vape-free campus)
  • Chairs
  • Coolers
  • Drones
  • Drugs
  • Fireworks
  • Flags with poles
  • Food (baby food permitted)
  • Large or oversized umbrellas (must fit in their bag)
  • Large size purses, backpacks, satchels, and duffel bags
  • Laser pointers
  • Mega phones
  • Pets (service animals are allowed)
  • Rollerblades
  • Signs larger than 16” x 20”
  • Skateboards
  • Strollers
  • Weapons (including chains, firearms, knives, spiked jewelry and belts, sticks)


Guests including children are not permitted on stage, in the Academic Recession, or in the graduates’ seating area. There are no exceptions to this rule.


Commencement welcomes service animals. Service animals are working animals trained to perform tasks for the benefit of individuals with physical or mental disabilities such as guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, alerting and protecting people prone to seizures, or other tasks directly related to a disability. Animals whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the American with Disabilities Act.


As part of our ongoing effort to keep our ceremonies safe and secure, you can receive emergency notifications the week of Commencement. To receive these notifications, text LAGrad2019 to 67283.


Graduating candidates, who registered to participate, must check in 60 minutes before the ceremony next to the Physical Education building, across from the Engineering & Technology building. Candidates must present their Cal State LA I.D. or a government issued photo I.D. to pick-up their pre-printed name cards to present to the name readers and photographers. Please plan accordingly to allow sufficient time to park, pick up the name card, line up, and be pre-seated.


All candidates will be pre-seated 30 minutes before the ceremony by degree and major. The Commencement book and day of program will be at each seat. Doors to the University Gymnasium will be closed 5 minutes before the ceremony starts, to prepare for the academic procession of the faculty and platform party. All candidates who arrive late will not be allowed inside the gymnasium until after the national anthem.


The order of events will vary per Commencement ceremony.

Academic procession of faculty and platform party
National anthem
Welcome remarks and introduction of the platform party by the College Dean
President's address
Honorary doctorate
Guest speaker
Student speaker
Academic honors
Presentation of candidates for degrees by the Provost
Presentation of doctoral degrees
Presentation of master's degrees
Presentation of bachelor's degrees
Conferral of degrees by the President
Closing remarks by the College Dean
University hymn
Recessional of platform party, faculty and conferees of doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degrees


Commencement at Cal State LA is a time for you, your family and friends to recognize and celebrate your academic achievement and success. We ask for your help in making these ceremonies a positive experience for everyone.  Misconduct by a few would be disrupting to the graduating candidates, faculty, and guests who expect and deserve a safe, orderly, and dignified ceremony. 

All graduating candidates participating in the Commencement ceremonies are expected to stay for the entire duration of the ceremony. Each ceremony is about 1 hour and 30 minutes in length. Please plan accordingly.

In addition, all Cal State LA Commencement ceremonies are alcohol, drug, smoke, vapor and tobacco-free events, and disorderly behavior will not be tolerated and will be strictly enforced. Graduating candidates who are intoxicated or disruptive will not be allowed in the ceremony venue OR will be escorted from the ceremony.


During Commencement, there will be a first aid tent located near the Student Health Center. Graduates and guests requiring onsite first aid are welcome to visit as needed. Emergency and ambulance services will be on call and onsite and can be activated by any of the Commencement team members.



Graduates will receive their diploma by mail 6-8 weeks after their grades have been posted and verified. The mailing address used is the address on file with the University. To track your diploma, please click here.

For graduates who did not attend Commencement but would like to get a diploma cover, it can be picked up at the Graduation Office at the Administration Building, room 409, 4th floor. Diploma covers are only available for pick-up during normal business hours and cannot be mailed.

Questions? Please contact the Graduation Office at (323) 343-3890 or email


The Cal State LA Alumni Association looks forward to your participation and your continued connection with the University. Members can enjoy benefits which include newsletters, networking opportunities, consumer discounts, professional services and family fun.

For more information, please visit the Cal State LA Alumni Association website, email, or contact (323) 343-2586.


Starting Monday, June 3, 2019, graduates can get an extra copy of the Commencement book from the Alumni Association office. The Commencement book is only available for pick-up during normal business hours and cannot be mailed.

Alumni Association
University-Student Union, Room 102
Tel: (323) 343-2586


The Class of 2019 Gives campaign provides an opportunity to the Class of 2019 to celebrate and support Cal State LA, and recognize the positive impact that the University has provided them, their families, and the community. The campaign supports a variety of needs that will enhance the educational learning experience of current and future Cal State LA students. The campaign will provide much needed funding to campus renovations, student research, academic and faculty support, scholarships and more.

To continue and strengthen Cal State LA's commitment to engagement, service, and the public good, please make a gift by clicking here.