2014 COMMENCEMENT AND HONORS CONVOCATION EXERCISES (REVISED)
Commencement and Honors Convocation exercises are pinnacle moments for CSUN and our graduating students. They are also very
complex events which, over the years, have undergone significant changes no less than nine times. Absent a stadium or large indoor event center, these
changes have typically been made to accommodate growing numbers of eligible graduates. Remarkably, over the past 10 years the campus has experienced
a 33% increase in the number of students participating in Commencement ceremonies. In 2013, almost 7,000 students participated in one of eight
college-based Commencement ceremonies, which were hosted in two locations, Oviatt Library Lawn and Mazanita Hall Lawn.
Unfortunately, attendance at several of last year’s ceremonies substantially exceeded available seating and caused concerns about
public safety and the university’s ability to properly host its guests. As such, President Dianne F. Harrison asked that the format, location and
timing of our ceremonies be reviewed, with two primary goals: one, reducing the total number of ceremonies; and two, addressing safety concerns.
After considering a wide range of options such as various on and off campus locations, ceremonies held on the weekend, and adding
December ceremonies, and after consulting with student and faculty leaders, and college deans, there was a clear consensus to host all ceremonies at
the Oviatt Library Lawn. To make this possible, seating at the Oviatt Library Lawn site will be increased to 10,500. Additionally, following further
consultation with the President and Vice President of the Associated Students, an initial plan to host two colleges at each Commencement ceremony has
been further refined. Specifically, President Harrison agreed to add an additional day to the announced Commencement schedule, which will allow the
largest colleges to continue with individual ceremonies and, thereby, reduce the number of graduates at all ceremonies. In order to ensure adequate
seating for all, guests of graduates will be required to possess a ticket in order to gain admittance to the Oviatt Library Lawn venue. As a result of
the reduced number of graduates planned for each ceremony, the university is pleased to announce that it will now be able to offer each graduate up to
seven (instead of four) guest tickets. The newly revised 2014 schedule is as follows.
Final Revised 2014 Commencement and Honors Convocation Schedule
- Friday, May 16, 2014, at 6:00 p.m.
- Monday, May 19, 2014
Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication
College of Health and Human Development
- Wednesday, May 21, 2014
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences - Undergraduate
College of Engineering and Computer Science
College of Science and Mathematics
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences - Graduates
- Thursday, May 22, 2014
College of Business and Economics
College of Humanities
Michael D. Eisner College of
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How has the schedule changed for
- All Commencement ceremonies will be held on the Oviatt Library Lawn
- Two Commencement ceremonies will be held each
day on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Ceremonies will not be held on Tuesday, which is a day when several of our university officials are required
to attend a CSU Board of Trustees meeting.
- Honors Convocation will be held on the Friday before the first day of Commencement.
What format changes are planned for each Commencement ceremony?
- The format will feature a mix of
single and combined college ceremonies. With one exception, each ceremony will confer degrees on both undergraduate and graduate degree recipients.
The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is projected to produce the largest number of graduates. In order to provide the graduates of this
college with seven guest tickets, its undergraduates degree recipients will participate in a single college ceremony, and its graduate degree
recipients will participate in another ceremony as indicated in the schedule above.
- The script for each ceremony will be revised to provide a
focus on the university as a whole while also recognizing each college and its graduates.
- Before the ceremonies, all graduates will receive
instructions as to where and when to line up so they can process into the Oviatt Lawn venue with other graduates earning the same degree.
Will graduates be individually recognized?
- Yes, we will continue the well-established tradition of
having each graduate's name read while she/he walks across the stage to receive a congratulatory handshake from the President and/or other university
- Each graduate will be presented with a commemorative diploma cover and each graduate will be photographed by a professional
How long will each ceremony last?
- The length of each ceremony will depend on the number of
participating graduates. It is anticipated that each ceremony will last from two to three hours.
- Out of respect for all participants,
graduates must stay throughout the entire ceremony and must remain seated unless otherwise directed by faculty marshals.
How many guests will graduates be able to invite and will tickets be required?
- All guests will be required to possess a ticket in order to gain admittance into the Oviatt Lawn venue.
- Tickets will be free of charge.
- Graduates will be allowed to initially request up to seven tickets for guests. The procedures and timelines for requesting tickets are being developed and will be announced before Gradfest in March 2014.
- 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.
When and where do I pick up my tickets and parking permits for commencement?
- As ticketing procedures
and parking parameters are established, information will be disseminated through a variety of media. Graduates are encouraged to refer to the
Commencement website (http://www.csun.edu/commencement) for the most up to date information.
Who is eligible to participate in the Spring 2014 Commencement ceremonies?
- In order to be eligible to
participle in Commencement, students must be a degree candidate for Fall 2013, Spring 2014 or Summer 2014, and must file a degree application by March
7, 2014. See http://www.csun.edu/commencement/procedures/index.htm.
- 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 in March 2014.
Will there be a way to view the Commencement ceremonies without being in attendance?
- The university
plans to provide a fully accessible live webcast of each ceremony. A link to the live feed will be available online at http://www.csun.edu/commencement.
Will there be receptions and/or other celebratory opportunities before or after the Commencement ceremonies?
- Yes, each college may host a separate reception for its graduates. A schedule of reception times and locations will be announced well in
advance of Commencement ceremonies.
- Any planned receptions that recognize graduates of academic programs, special programs, and individual
student groups will also be announced prior to the Commencement ceremonies.
Are any changes planned for 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
- At this time, a decision has yet to be made about the use of tickets for admission to this ceremony.
Will parking be available?
- In order to insure adequate campus parking, each graduate will be given
two parking permits. These permits are at no cost to graduates and will be made available when graduates retrieve their Commencement tickets.
- Carpooling will be strongly encouraged.
Where can further information and updates about Commencement and Honors Convocation be found?
information about the 2014 ceremonies will be available at http://www.csun.edu/commencement.
Issued: December 6, 2013
Revised: January 15, 2014