COMMENCEMENT

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

To address questions from students, families, and the campus community about future commencement ceremony plans we have created the FAQ's below.  

Should you have additional questions that have yet to get answered, please send us an email directly at commencement@csun.edu

APPLYING TO GRADUATE: Do I have to do this? What does this mean?

All students must formally apply to graduate to be eligible to participate in commencement ceremonies.

Although we encourage all our eligible graduates from the Class of 2019-2020, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 able to participate at this year's ceremonies, your participation is not mandatory.

CEREMONY: What are the ceremony plans for the graduating classes of 2019-2020 & 2020-2021?

We are currently planning on celebrating the accomplishments for the Class of 2019-2020 and the Class of 2020-2021 during the In-Person Commencement Ceremonies in May 2022.

Students who graduated in past academic years (Class of 2019-2020 and Class of 2020-2021) but missed their commencement ceremony due to COVID-19 closures, can participate in this year's commencement ceremonies specifically for recent graduates.  Feel free to review the Commencement Schedule for the date/times.  Recent Graduates will be sent emails (through CSUN email addresses only) and request an RSVP by April 1st.  Past graduates who miss this deadline can still attend by calling our department office and/or emailing us at

Tickets for guests will be given at a case by case basis for those who miss the RSVP deadline.   

CEREMONY: What can I expect during my ceremony?

Our May 2022 ceremonies will take place in front of the University Library, where graduates will receive their degree conferral and individual name recognition as they cross the stage in front of family and friends. Our commitment to the safety and wellness of our graduates, their guests and the larger CSUN community remains steadfast, and we will be closely monitoring CDC and LACDPH guidelines to ensure we are providing an experience that is celebratory, safe and COVID compliant.  For more information on safety at commencement, click here, or visit the "Resources-Commencement Handbook" webpage and scroll down to the  "Security and Safety Measures" tab. 
 

CEREMONY TIME: What's the Time/Date for the ceremonies?

Please visit the Ceremony Schedule for the most up to date information

 

CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS: Do we have these? How can I attend?

Although the commencement office does not directly oversee Cultural Celebrations, we encourage other departments and our campus partners to continue these traditions to the extent they can be conducted in compliance with COVID health and safety guidelines.

For more information regarding cultural celebrations, please connect with the appropriate academic department or organization. As information becomes available to us, we will be happy to share it in the Ceremony Schedules section of this website.

DIPLOMA & DIPLOMA COVER: How will I receive mine?

Diploma
While the commencement office oversees specifics as they relate to the commencement ceremonies, it is Admissions & Records who coordinates the distribution/mailing of a graduates diplomas.  

Because of the time required for "end of term" processing (including repeat action, GPA calculation, and academic status) and the volume of degree applicants, the degree awarding process may take 3 to 5 weeks after the end of the term or semester.

After the degree is granted, the diploma will be mailed to the address on record within 4 to 6 weeks. To ensure receipt, confirm and update your address online now: Log into my Northridge and select Home tab > Quick Links box > SOLAR Student Center > Personal Information section. There you can specify a diploma mailing address. Helpful: Update Personal Information

Diploma Cover
Commencement staff will ensure that all eligible graduates can receive their diploma cover during their In-Person Ceremony if they didn't already recieve one from last year's gradbox.  

GRADFEST: What’s happening with GradFest?

GradFest has served as a one-stop-shop for all graduation needs including renting caps and gowns, sashes, announcements, class rings, diploma frames, graduation banners & flags and more. We will be hosting GradFest in Mid-March and we will be sharing more information soon. Visit our GradFest webpage for the most up to date information. 

HONORS or DISTINCTION: What is that? Do I qualify?

HONORS:
Honors at Graduation (Undergraduate) is referenced in the University Catalog and states the following:

To receive honors at graduation, a student must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 30 units of work in letter-graded courses at CSUN.
  2. Earn a GPA of 3.50 or above in all work taken at CSUN and cumulatively (transfer and CSUN work).

The level of honors is based on the grade point average in all undergraduate courses, including transfer work (cumulative). The level of honors is determined as follows:

  • Summa Cum Laude - GPA of 3.90 or above
  • Magna Cum Laude - GPA of 3.75 to 3.89
  • Cum Laude - GPA of 3.50 to 3.74

For questions about Honors at Graduation, see Graduation FAQs, visit the Undergraduate Degree Services office, call (818) 677-3781, or email uds@csun.edu.

If University Honors is awarded when the degree is granted, honors will be reflected on your diploma and your CSUN transcript.


DISTINCTION:

Graduating with Distinction is referenced in the University Catalog and states the following:

"A student may receive the Master’s degree with distinction by maintaining a 3.885 or higher GPA on all formal Master’s degree program coursework. The notation “With Distinction’’ is posted with the degree on the transcript, and also will appear on the diploma."
You can also inquire with the office of Research and Graduate Studies (818) 677-2138.

This suggests that students earning a masters degree do not earn "University Academic Honors" as that term and designation are for undergraduate degree recipients.

The notation “With Distinction’’ is posted on the degree and on the transcript for students earning a masters degree possessing a 3.885 or higher GPA on formal Master’s degree program coursework.


NOTE: Dean's List determinations, and/or honor society involvement does not guarantee eligibility for "Honors" or "Distinction".  Please check the University Catalog for further details. 

Students who have graduated with Honors or Distinction are eligible to purchase a specific sash and/or honors cords at the CSUN Campus Store.

Since final grades are not tabulated until after the commencement ceremonies have concluded, candidacy for Honors and Distinction does not guarantee it will be awarded when the degree is conferred. The same in reverse applies for students not designated as an Honors/Distinction Candidate; Honors/Distinction will be awarded if criteria are met when the degree is conferred.

HOODING CEREMONIES: Do we have these?

Although the commencement office does not directly oversee Hooding Ceremonies, we encourage other departments and our campus partners to explore their options.
For more information regarding Hooding Ceremonies, please connect with the appropriate academic department. As information becomes available to us, we will be happy to share it in the Ceremony Schedules section of this webpage.

SAFETY, SECURITY, & COVID GUIDELINES: What's CSUN's plan to keep their guests and graduates safe?

For more information on Security and Safety at commencement please  click here, or visit the "Resources-Commencement Handbook" webpage and scroll down to the  "Security and Safety Measures" tab. 

Updated 5.16.22