COMMENCEMENT

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2015 Commencement and Honors Convocation Exercises

The university is pleased to announce the Honors Convocation and Commencement schedule for 2015. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

8 am 

Honors Convocation

6 pm

Graduate Student Ceremony

  • All colleges and programs except those from the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

8 am

Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication

6 pm

College of Health and Human Development

Sunday, May 17, 2015

 

8 am

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • All students from the Departments of Africana Studies; Anthropology; Geography; History; Psychology; Public Administration, Public Sector Management; Public Policy; and, Urban Studies & Planning

Department of Deaf Studies

6 pm

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • All students from the Departments of: Political Science; Sociology; and, Social Work

Monday, May 18, 2015

8 am 

David Nazarian College of Business and Economics

6 pm

College of Engineering and Computer Science

College of Science and Mathematics

College of Humanities

The above schedule continues the university's efforts to provide students with an exceptional commencement celebration while also ensuring that there is adequate and safe seating for all graduates and invited guests at the Oviatt Lawn commencement site. In support of these goals, the use of guest tickets for entry to any commencement ceremony will continue. 

 The 2015 ceremonies will mark several added refinements: 

  • Honors Convocation will be conducted at 8:00 a.m. on the first day of our ceremonies, which will continue the tradition of bestowing honors medallion before commencement ceremonies. All honorees are encouraged to wear the medallion at their commencement ceremony.
  • For the first time the university will conduct a separate ceremony for graduate students, including masters and doctoral degree recipients from all colleges except the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (graduate students from this college will commence with undergraduates in order to maximize guest seating availability).
  • The addition of the graduate student ceremony makes it possible for all students participating in the 2015 Commencement ceremonies to receive up to seven guest tickets. Specific guidance about the ticketing process will be sent to each graduating student by university email.
  • For the first time, several of our commencement ceremonies will be held on weekend days; specifically, Saturday and Sunday. It is anticipated that the use of these days will allow the families of many graduates to attend commencement without having to take time off from work.
  • Academic departments, colleges and other programs are encouraged to provide special receptions and recognition activities that provide for more personalized recognition of graduates. 

The above schedule was developed upon consideration of the input of over 4500 students who participated in a survey of commencement preferences conducted by the Associated Students. The university extends its thanks to all those students who took the time to participate in the survey. We are especially appreciative of the efforts made by AS President Tiffany Zaich and Vice President Talar Alexanian who advocated and made a clear case for increasing ceremonies in a way to better respond to student suggestions. 

Additional details about our 2015 Commencement and Honors Convocation ceremonies will follow, including at Grad Fest on March 11- 12, 2015.

William Watkins, Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students

 

Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ's below are still being updated for the 2015 year. Please check back with us soon.

 

 

2015 Commencement Ceremonies Procedures

Schedule and Format Changes

  • All commencement ceremonies will be held on the Oviatt Library lawn
  • Two commencement ceremonies will be held each day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
  • Honors Convocation will be held on the Friday, May 15, 2015, 8:00am followed by the Graduate Student Ceremony at 6:00pm. All graduate students (Master’s and Doctoral Candidates) would participate in the Graduate Student Ceremony, except for those belonging to the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences.

Graduating Students Recognition

  • We will continue the well-established tradition of having each graduate's name read while he or she walks across the stage to receive a congratulatory handshake from the president and/or other university officials.
  • Each graduate will be presented with a commemorative diploma cover, and each graduate will be photographed by a professional photographer.

Commencement Ceremony Overview

  •  Before the ceremonies, all graduates will receive instructions as to where and when to line up. They will then progress into the Oviatt Library lawn venue with other graduates earning the same degree.
  • The length of each ceremony will depend on the number of participating graduates. It is anticipated that each ceremony will last between two and three hours.
  • All tickets will be scanned at entry of the commencement ceremony site.
  • Guest must retain their tickets throughout the ceremony. If one should leave, they must scan out in order to be able to re-enter.
  • Out of respect for all participants, graduates must stay throughout the entire ceremony and must remain seated unless otherwise directed by faculty marshals.

Emergency Response 

  • Police officers from the Department of Police Services, medical staff from the Klotz Student Health Center and EMT’s will be on duty during the commencement exercises. Police officers will provide the normal array of public safety services and both police officers and student community service assistants in red and black uniforms are available to assist guests with lost members, directions and many other services. Klotz Student Health Center representatives and EMT’s will be available should emergency aid be needed. Please review ceremony maps as they become available. 
  • Please note that it will not be possible for any guest to be paged.

Commencement Venue and Resources

Photography

  • For your convenience, the university has arranged for GradImages to shoot three different poses of each graduating student. Should you wish to contact them, you can contact them by calling (800) 424-3686 or by visiting their website. A complimentary proof of each pose will be sent via email to your CSUN email account. Information is collected through the graduate’s “official name card” which is given to them when they pick up their cap and gown at the bookstore (or it will be included in their cap and gown package for graduates who have their regalia mailed in).
  • When taking pictures at the ceremony site, students will be asked to follow instructions by photographers during the ceremony to insure an agreeable pose. While the photographer appreciates advance orders, with a money back guarantee, advance orders are not required to receive your complimentary proofs. A letter from the photographer will be sent to the student in advance of commencement with all pertinent information regarding this service.
  • GradImages is also present taking portrait-like shots during the GradFest event.
  • For safety and security reasons, guests will not be permitted access to the stage area or graduate seating areas during the ceremony to photograph or video record the event. Please advise your guests to remain seated during the commencement ceremony. The rules set forth by the Fire Marshal, who monitors our commencement, do not allow for anyone to stand or block the aisles. Any person doing so will be removed.

Alternative Viewing Locations

The following 'Alternative Viewing Locations' are available to guests and provide a live video feed of the commencement ceremony:

  • Bianchi Planetarium (located within Citrus Hall)
  • Nobbs Auditorium (Located in SequoiaHall Room 104)
  • Johnson Auditorium (Located in Jacaranda Hall)
  • Kurland Hall (Located adjacent to VPAC)

The university plans to provide a fully accessible live webcast of each ceremony, via YouTube. A link to the live feed will be available on the View Ceremonies page during the ceremony.

Receptions and Celebration Opportunities

  • Each college may host a separate reception for its graduates. A schedule of reception times and locations will be announced well in advance of the commencement ceremonies.
  • Pending on when the ceremony takes place, receptions either occur before or after the actual commencement. Receptions are planned by individual colleges and in some cases, by department. Graduates are encouraged to contact their college and/or department if you have questions regarding commencement receptions. 2015 locations will be available closer to commencement dates.
  • Any planned receptions that recognize graduates of academic programs, special programs and individual student groups will also be announced prior to the commencement ceremonies.

Participation Eligibility

2015 Commencement 

  • In order to be eligible to participate in commencement, students must be a degree candidate for fall 2014, spring 2015 or summer 2015 and must have filed a degree application by March 6, 2015. See the commencement procedures for more information.
  • Eligible graduates will be able to confirm their participation status and order a cap and gown at GradFest, which will be held in the Matador Bookstore on Wednesday, March 11 and Thursday March 12, 2015.

Honors Convocation 

  • Participation in Honors Convocation will continue to be by special invitation, and honorees will continue to be individually recognized and invested with a special medallion to be worn at commencement.
  • At this time, there are no plans to issue tickets for this ceremony. It is nonetheless advised that honorees invite between 3-5 guests.

GradFest

General Information 

  • GradFest is a one-stop opportunity for many graduation needs. This year it will be held on Wednesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 12 inside the Matador Bookstore Complex from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is strongly encouraged you to attend this event but is not mandatory.
  • While at GradFest students will be able to:
    • Receive information about your graduation ceremony
    • Pre-order your cap and gown
    • Learn how to secure guest tickets
    • Take a free cap and gown portrait. Please come dressed to impress and ready to go for your photo. Caps and gowns will be provided for you.
    • Purchase graduation announcements, class rings, diploma frames and other grad-related items
    • Join the Alumni Association
    • Learn about and contribute to the Senior Class Gift.

Missed GradFest

  • Please visit the Matador Bookstore website for further information and follow the prompts to pre-order your Commencement regalia (cap and gown), announcements, class rings, alumni memberships and more.
  • The Matador Bookstore will not have cap and gown pre-orders available after the end of March; however, you can still rent your regalia at the bookstore in early May (these will be on-hand rentals, and cannot guarantee all sizes of gown will be available). Some vendors will still be available at the bookstore from time to time. Contact information related to graduation and commencement can be found on the Contacts page. Please contact the appropriate department or company should you have any specific questions.

Guest Ticket Processes

Important Deadlines

  • In order to be eligible to participate in your commencement ceremony and gain access to your ticket account, you must apply to graduate by March 6, 2015.
  • Guest tickets must be printed by the guest ticket print deadline: Friday, April 17, 2015.

Guest Ticket Allotment 

  • All guests will be required to possess a ticket in order to gain admittance into the Oviatt Library lawn venue.
  • Tickets will be free of charge.
  • Graduates will be allowed to initially request up to 7 tickets for guests.
  • Tickets that are not requested will be available to graduates who are in need of additional tickets to accommodate their guests.
  • Graduates (and participating faculty) will not need a ticket for admittance to the ceremony at which their degrees are being conferred.

Printing Guest Tickets 

  • The University will create individual ticket accounts through Tickmaster for all eligible graduates.
  • On March 9, 2015 all eligible students will receive an email with specific instructions on how to print guest tickets. 
  • More information on obtaining guest tickets will become available as we get closer to March 9, 2015.

ADA Accessibility Needs

CSUN strives to ensure that all graduates and guests can participate fully in this program. At commencement ceremonies staff and volunteers will be available throughout the ceremony venue to assist those with disabilities. Handicap-accessible restrooms are located near the ceremony venue. We recommend you to review our online campus mapsprior to arrival if possible. Ceremony maps will also become available on the commencement website as the ceremony date approaches.

Accessible entrances

  • Wheelchair accessibility is available at all entrances and throughout a large portion of the ceremony venue. Maps will be made available as we get closer to the ceremony.

Accessible Parking

  • Parking for persons with disabilities will be available in parking lots B1, B2 and on all levels of the B3 parking structure. A current state issued “Disabled Person Parking Placard” or “Disabled Person/Veteran” license plate, issued to an occupant of the vehicle, will be required to park in an ADA stall.

Wheelchair Notice

  • Due to the number of expected participants and guests at the commencement ceremonies, graduates, their families and guests are reminded that the university is unable to provide wheelchairs, walkers and other assistive devices of a personal nature. If guests in your party require assistive devices for their mobility, graduates are encouraged to rent them from a commercial vendor prior to the event and consult campus maps for the most suitable parking areas

Wheelchair Seating For Graduates

  • Graduates should connect with the Office of Student Involvement and Development directly to make arrangements by calling (818) 677-2393.

Wheelchair Seating For Guests

  • Reserved seating will be designated at each ceremony. Please review the campus maps for wheelchair seating areas as they become available on this website. Maps will also be distributed at the ceremonies which will indicate designated seating areas for wheelchair users and their families. Depending on the arrival time and amour of guests who attend, there is no guarantee that space will be available. Because of limited seating capacity, the guest with a disability may be accompanied by only two party members. Every effort will be made to seat other party members in the closest adjacent seating area possible. Seating designated for wheelchair users will be held for as long as possible; however, should seats go underutilized 15 minutes prior to the starting of the ceremony, the seats will be claimed by all guests.

Live Streaming Of Ceremonies With Caption

  • If unable to attend the ceremony there will be live footage of the commencement online on this website.
  • Indoor telecast rooms with live captioning will also be streaming at these locations which are near the commencement venue. These locations are available to the public and access will be at a first-come first-serve basis. The following telecast rooms listed below will be indicated on maps distributed at the ceremony, as well as online as they become available.
    • Planetarium-Citrus Hall
    • Nobbs Auditorium-Sequoia Hall 

Sign language interpretation

  • All ceremonies will have a designated American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation section for guests and graduates. At all commencement information tents, we will have ceremony maps that will help identify the deaf and hard-of hearing section. Additionally, the ceremony will be filmed and presented live with captions online on this website. After the ceremony has concluded, guests and graduates can download a copy of the ceremony with captions on the CSUN YouTube station.

Parking

Carpooling is strongly encouraged. Please note that although permits will not be enforced, all other violations, e.g. red zone, blocking, etc., will be enforced.

Fees 

  • Parking charges will be waived for Honors Convocation and on the dates commencement ceremonies are scheduled. Graduates are encouraged to refer to this website for the most up to date information.
    • Warning: Please note that although permits will not be enforced, all other violations, e.g. red zone, blocking, etc., will be enforced.

Locations 

  • For all commencement ceremonies, the most convenient parking is on the west side of the campus (Lots B1, B2, and the B3 Parking Structure). Please have your guests enter the campus at Nordhoff St. and Darby Ave. (one block east of Reseda Blvd.) and follow the signs to the closest available parking.
  • Note: Graduates and guests may be directed to overflow parking in the B5 parking structure in the event of an exceptionally large turnout. Additional parking for all ceremonies will be available in Lot G3, G4 and F5. Additional disabled parking is available in all lots.

Accessible Parking

  • Parking for persons with disabilities will be available in parking lots B1, B2 and on all levels of the B3 parking structure. A current state issued “Disabled Person Parking Placard” or “Disabled Person/Veteran” license plate, issued to an occupant of the vehicle, will be required to park in an ADA stall.
  • Driving directions to the graduation parking can be found on the Directions page.

Other Questions

  • Most questions like the following can be referenced in the Commencement Handbook.
    • What is the arrival time for graduates?
    • Where is the assembly area for graduates?
    • What is appropriate behavior of graduates?
    • What should I bring with me?
    • Where do I receive an "official name card"?
    • Will there be printed programs at the commencement ceremony?
    • Will there be vendors present at the commencement?
    • What if I have a double major?
    • What if I have a special major?
    • Is there a lost and found?