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2014 Joint Commencement Ceremonies for the Michael D. Eisner College of Education and the College of Humanities

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. 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.

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. Changes have been made to this year’s ceremonies in order to address these concerns and to insure that our students and their families will be able to celebrate and enjoy the commencement experience.

Our two Colleges will this year hold a joint Commencement Ceremony on the lawn in front of the Oviatt Library. 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. Each graduate may request up to seven guest tickets. The College of Education will provide live streaming of the Commencement ceremony for those family members and friends who do not have tickets. Refreshments will also be available.

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 officials. Each graduate will be presented with a commemorative diploma cover and each graduate will be photographed by a professional photographer.

While this will mark a change to the way Commencement has happened in recent years, we want to assure you that it will still be an event that showcases your accomplishments and that demonstrates again how CSUN Shines!

Further information about the 2014 ceremonies is available at