Below are a list of Resources to assist you in preparing for the upcoming commencement ceremonies.
UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC HONORS:
To receive University Honors upon graduation, an undergraduate student must:
- Complete a minimum of 45 units of work in letter-graded courses in this University.
- Earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 or above in all work taken at SUN and cumulatively (transfer and SUN 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
If University Honors is awarded when the degree is granted, honors will be reflected on your diploma and your CSUN transcript.
Graduate Students are not awarded with "University Honors" but, rather, are recognized on their diploma as graduating "With Distinction" upon receiving a 3.885 GPA or higher within their graduate level courses.
Additional Undergraduate Information is available through the the following:
- UNDERGRAD: Office Undergraduate Degree Services (818) 677-3781.
- GRADUATE: Office of Graduate Studies, Research and International Programs (818) 677-4800.
University Honors paraphernalia may be purchased at the CSUN campus store and may be worn over regalia at the Commencement Ceremony
ACCESSIBILITY (incl. Wheelchairs, Trams, and Carts)
The commencement venue is fully accessible and meets all ADA standards including all processional routes along the ceremony site. Special seating for graduates with disabilities will be limited and is first-come first-served. Because of limited seating capacity, guests with disabilities may be accompanied by one party member in the special seating section. Every effort will be made to seat other members in the closest adjacent seating area possible. Also, there will be a live telecast room with live captioning at the Planetarium (Citrus Hall) and Nobbs Auditorium (Sequoia Hall). Ushers at the commencement site will be available to assist and direct you to these locations.
For graduates with disabilities electing to march and be seated with their Colleges, ushers Will be made available to assist them during the processional and recessional. Please contact the Office of Student Development & Transitional Programs at (818) 677-2393 prior to the Commencement Ceremonies to arrange for assistance.
Wheelchairs, Trams, & Carts
Due to the number of expected participants and guests at Commencement, graduates, their families and guests are reminded that the University is unable to provide wheelchairs, walkers and other assistive devices of a personal nature. Trams and other transport vehicles will not be available. Please review parking information to best assess the most comfortable parking location for your family and guests.
CAP AND GOWN RENTALS
Herff Jones works alongside the CSUN Campus Store to provide graduates with Caps and Gowns (sometimes referred to as 'Graduation Regalia').
Graduates who did not pre-order their cap & gown may visit the Campus Store to rent regalia beginning Tuesday, May 10 through Wednesday, May 18.
Graduates who pre-ordered Cap & Gown regalia can pick-up their order beginning Monday, May 9.
Click here for Campus Store hours.
degrees at the conclusion of the Fall 2021 Semester, and those who expect to earn their degrees at the conclusion of the Spring 2022 or Summer 2022 Semesters. Candidates must have submitted an application to Admissions and Records by March 4, 2022. Failure of this submission may result in not being eligible to participate in the 2022 Commencement Ceremony.
- Undergraduates can verify if they have successfully applied to graduate by contacting the Office of the Registrar, through the Undergraduate Degree Services Office at (818) 677-3781.
- Graduate Students can verify if they have successfully applied to graduate by contacting the Graduate Studies Office at (818) 677-4800.
Students who graduated in past academic years 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. Tickets for guests may be limited for those who miss the RSVP deadline.
CSUN STUDENT SPEAKER AT COMMENCEMENT
CSUN invites students from the graduating class to apply to be the student commencement speaker.
It is a distinguished honor to be selected to present a commencement speech-to share your experience, inspire your fellow graduates, and encourage excitement about their future adventures. Student speeches would be given at the beginning of the Commencement ceremony and are no longer than two minutes in length.
Applications are open now, and they will be due Friday, April 11th
CSUN DEPARTMENTS SUPPORTING COMMENCEMENT
Assistance for Graduates and Guests with Disabilities
Disability Resources and Education Services office
Office of Student Development & Transitional Programs
Cap and Gown Rental
CSUN Campus Store
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Graduates and Guests
National Center on Deafness
(818) 677-2054 V/TTY
Participation and Diplomas
Undergraduate Degree Services
CSUN Department of Police Services
Office of Student Development & Transitional Ceremonies
All eligible Graduates will receive an email on ticketing information in early April providing instructions on how to access and utilize the ticketing platform "Marching Order". Through this platform graduates will be able to confirm, and download/email their guest tickets within a given window (typically 2 weeks). Here are some additional notes about guest ticketing:
- Tickets are limited and free of charge.
- Grads will be provided six to seven guest tickets which can be confirmed and downloaded via the the Ticketing platform within the ticketing window.
- Grads attending the David Nazarian College of Business & Economics will be provided Six Tickets
- Grads attending all other ceremonies will be provided seven tickets.
- While confirming/downloading guest tickets, Grads can also request up to 5 additional guest tickets.
- Once the ticketing window has closed, all remining tickets that are unused may be used for additional ticket requests and graduates will be notified by the first week of May if they will receive additional tickets.
- If a graduate missed the deadline to claim tickets, they can call or email our office to be placed on a list for potential tickets. This means the graduate will still be able to walk the stage but they may not have tickets.
NOTE: These tickets will be handed out on a case by case basis.
A ticketing tutorial can be found by clicking here.
COMMENCEMENT VENUE MAPS
DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
Interpreting services for deaf and hard of hearing graduates and guests will be available in a reserved area at each site. Graduates will line up at the graduate check-in area. Look for the designated area marked, "Deaf and Hard of Hearing". A processional marshal will lead graduates to the correct seating location. If you have special needs, please notify the National Center on Deafness at (818) 677-2614 (V/TTY).
GRADFEST AND CEREMONY VENDORS
Assistance for Graduates and Guests with Disabilities
Disability Resources and Education Services office
Office of Student Involvement and Development
Cap and Gown Rental
Other Graduation Items
CSUN Campus Store
Herff Jones Framing Services
Flowers and Commemorative Attire (t-shirts/sweatshirts) at Graduation
The Commencement Group
Pre-Orders now available
Police officers from the Department of Police Services and medical staff from the Student Health
Center will be on duty during the Commencement exercises to provide first aid assistance in the event of any medical emergencies or illnesses. Police officers will provide the normal standard 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.
Note: It will not be possible for any guest to be paged.
For a full list of FAQ's please click here.
GRAD ITEMS FOR PICK UP
Graduates who missed their ceremony, or had to leave early, and were unable to receive distributed materials can pick them up in a variety of locations (while supplies last) after the ceremonies have concluded. These items will be available while supplies last.
- DIPLOMA COVER
These can be picked up at the Office of Student Development & Transitional Programs and the office of Undergraduate Degree Services.
- COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM BOOK
These can be picked up at the Office of Student Development & Transitional Programs
- HONORS CONVOCATION MEDALLION
These can be picked up at the Office of Student Development & Transitional Programs and the CSUN Campus Store.
The Office of Student Development is located in the University Student Union (USU Room 113SW) directly across (south) from “The Freudian Sip".
GRADUATE LINE-UP (Day of Ceremony)
In order to check-in, graduates should arrive robed and ready to line-up for the processional 60 to 90 minutes before the ceremony is to begin. This is to ensure that you collect your 'official name card' and go through the safety screening (using magnetometers/metal detection devices) as you enter the graduate line up area.
Please review these bullets below for further context:
- YOU MUST HAVE A NAME CARD TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUR CEREMONY. Name cards will be distributed by last name on the CSUN Campus Store lawn which is adjacent to the graduate entrance. If cards become available prior to your ceremony, we will notify you by CSUN email
- Students must retain the official name card until collected by the name reader during the ceremony near the stage.
- If a graduate should arrive late for any reason they would still check in at the South end of the Sierra Quad and staff will assist them to their seat.
- Look for the directional signs to the graduate check-in. Faculty and staff from your college will be supervising the line-up procedure for the processional, Please follow their instructions.
GRADUATE BEHAVIOR (Day of Ceremony)
Commencement is a dignified occasion. Participants are expected to conduct themselves accordingly. Graduates and families look forward to this milestone with excitement and anticipation. Students and guests are expected to remain seated until the ceremony has concluded.
Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited. Any alcoholic beverages discovered on the premises will be confiscated. Any graduate or guest obviously intoxicated or under the influence of a controlled substance will be removed from the Commencement site and potentially subject to arrest.
CSUN HONORS CONVOCATION
Each year CSUN recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate degree recipients by inviting them to participate in the Honors Convocation ceremony. Students meeting the established criteria will receive an official invitation to the ceremony in April. In addition, each student will have their name and award included in a souvenir program, and will be invested with a Medallion at the Convocation ceremony.
Participation in the 37th Annual 2019 Honors Convocation is limited to undergraduate and graduate students who have received or are candidates for a degree in Fall 2018, Spring 2019 and Summer 2019. Students receiving a credential or certificate are not eligible for this recognition. Students may participate in Honors Convocation no more than one time for each undergraduate or graduate degree earned. Students become eligible for participation in Honors Convocation based on meeting one of the following criteria:
- All graduating seniors (Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019) with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 or better as of Fall 2018 are eligible for recognition.
- All graduating masters students within this same time holding a cumulative GPA of 3.885 or better as of Fall 2018 are also eligible for recognition.
- Students who successfully apply for graduation and meet the GPA requirements listed above, should automatically receive an invitation to the ceremony by the University President.
Personal Recognition and Nominations
- All graduating students (undergraduate and graduate degree recipients for Fall 2021, Spring 2022, and Summer 2022) can be nominated for recognition, and if meeting a 3.0 GPA, will be invited to this ceremony to receive the honor of "Personal Recognition". This opportunity is advertised to all Faculty, Staff, and Administrators across campus who are sent a link to access an online submission form.
- Examples of this type of recognition include awards and/or department scholarships that recognize demonstrated excellence of an artistic, creative, or athletic nature, the display of leadership ability, or outstanding community service
LOST AND FOUND
The Department of Police Services maintains a centralized lost and found service for the California State University, Northridge community. In the event you lose an item during Commencement, a University police officer or Community Service Assistant can direct you to Police Services Headquarters to file a lost report or check on lost property turned in to the Department of Police Services.
NAME VERIFICATION AND TICKETING PLATFORM
A Commencement name verification and ticketing platform through Marching Order has been created for graduates to provide a professional way to both see and hear names as they are called out during each ceremony.
Graduates will have received an email from email@example.com initiating the creation of the name verification and ticketing platform.
The Name Verification and Ticketing Tutorial can be found by clicking here.
- Parking charges will be waived for Honors Convocation and on the dates Commencement ceremonies are scheduled.
- Graduates are encouraged to refer to the Commencement website for the most up to date information.
- 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 and Darby (1 block east of Reseda Bivd.) and follow the signs to the closest available parking.
- Parking for persons with disabilities are available in all lots. They are most populated 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.
- Parking Maps and Driving Directions can be found by clicking here.
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, F5, and F6.
Warning: Please note that although permits will not be enforced, all other violations, e.q. red zone, blocking, etc., will be enforced.
For Directions to CSUN click here.
SEATING & PRINTED PROGRAMS
All ceremonies are expected to reach maximum guest capacity. The saving of seats is strictly prohibited as seating is first come first served.
We highly encourage guests to arrive with all their party members at least 90 minutes prior to the ceremony start time.
Seating charts will be available for guests at the information tents. Similarly, commencement programs will be available at the same location but are limited to one per group. Please be aware that your graduate will be provided with their own program as well.
For those graduates who do not attend Commencement may visit the Office of Student Development & Transitional Programs after the ceremonies have concluded to receive a printed program. Baccalaureate, Master's, and Doctorate candidate names are listed by College or by Special/Multi-Major sections, and Honors candidates will also be listed in a special section of the program.
Note: Due to press deadlines, the printed program is not a definitive list of all graduates. Further, some students have requested that their names not be published and, therefore, will not appear in the Commencement printed program.
SECURITY & SAFETY MEASURES
GENERAL SAFETY MEASURES:
It is our top priority to ensure a safe and memorable experience for all of our graduates and guests at the CSUN commencement ceremonies. To help ensure we achieve these goals, all persons entering the commencement venue will be required to go through a security checkpoint that includes a metal detector screening and bag check.
To ensure passage through security checkpoints and timely access to the facility, we highly encourage all guests to arrive at least 60 to 90 minutes prior to the start of the commencement ceremony start time. Guests will not be allowed to enter the venue with more than one bag. This bag should be easily checked; backpacks will be prohibited. All weapons (including pocket knives) and glass bottles of any kind (wine, beer, and soft drinks) will also be strictly prohibited.
Strollers may be allowed into the commencement venue however, will not be permitted in grandstands and in aisle ways. Guests may leave strollers in a designated area outside the commencement venue at their own risk. To be considerate to other guests and graduates we ask that you do not bring noise makers or selfie-sticks, utilize umbrellas, or stand in the aisles during the commencement ceremony.
Due to the danger of errant balloons hitting power lines, balloons, regardless of type, will not be allowed and will be confiscated if found. Wrapped gifts are discouraged and are subject to be opened if they do not clear a metal detector. Non-uniformed members of the law enforcement community may not carry firearms inside the commencement venue. We regret any inconvenience that these security measures may cause. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation as we work to ensure the safety of our graduates, their families and guests, and our campus community.
COVID SAFETY MEASURES:
Masking: At this time, we encourage all guests to wear a mask at commencement; however, it is not mandatory. Masks will be available at all entry points and provided to guests upon request.
Vaccination: Proof of vaccination/negative test results will not be required at this time; however, should conditions change we will do our best to notify all graduates through CSUN Email and have it noted on the CSUN Commencement Website.
Please continue to check this website for information as it becomes available.
STUDENT SPEAKER/SPEECHES AT COMMENCEMENT
Graduates interested in speaking at their commencement ceremony, please click here.
TIMELINE OF EVENTS
- GRADFEST: emails sent to eligible graduates
- GRADFEST: registration opens
- DEADLINE: Apply to Graduate in order to be eligible to attend Commencement (March 4)
- GRADFEST: Event occurs 3/8 - 3-10, 9am to 6pm @ CSUN Campus Store Complex.
- GRADFEST: Post event GradFest items continue to be sold at CSUN Campus Store and online.
- RSVP for PAST GRADS: emails will be sent to past graduates (from Academic Years: 2019/20 and 2020/21) with opportunity to participate in special ceremony.
- NAME RECORDING: Graduates will receive email regarding their name recording.
- GRADUATE SPEECHES: Graduates are eligible to apply to speak at commencement.
- TICKETING: emails will be sent to eligible graduates and must secure tickets by April 27th.
- *NAME RECORDING: Graduates will have till April 27th to record their name in order for it to be used for Commencement.
- GRADUATE SPEECH APPLICATION DUE: Grad speech applications due.
- CAP & GOWN -Pre-ordered Cap & Gown available for pick-up at the Campus Store starting May 9th.
- CAP & GOWN - Regalia available for graduates who did not pre-order Cap & Gown starting May 10th.
*(Note: This service is to help our professional name readers record your name accurately for the commencement ceremony. We cannot ensure that your name will be pronounced correctly by our name readers if you do not complete this step. )
PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR ADDITIONAL EVENT TIMELINE INFORMATION AS WE MOVE CLOSER TO THE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES.
VIEW THE CEREMONIES
Click here to view CSUN Commencement Ceremonies (current and past years).