Commencement Ceremonies

Saturday, May 18, 2019
9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Information for Graduates

In order to accommodate all of our graduating students and their family and friends, CSUCI's 2019 Commencement will include two ceremonies on Saturday, May 18, 2019 in the Central Mall.

The morning ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. and will only include the following academic programs for bachelor's or master's degrees or teaching credentials:

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Chicana/o Studies
  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Education
  • English
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Liberal Studies
  • Performing Art
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

The afternoon ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. and will only include the following academic programs for bachelor’s or master's degrees:

  • Applied Physics
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology & Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology/MBA (dual degree)
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Environmental Science & Resource Management
  • Health Science
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Nursing
  • Spanish

Arrival Times

The processional check-in area for bachelor’s or master’s graduates and teaching credentials will be announced at a later date.

Morning Ceremony

  • 7:30 a.m. Graduates arrive via University Drive
  • 8 a.m. Graduates line-up in South Quad
  • 8:30 a.m. Guests need to be seated
  • 9 a.m. Morning Ceremony begins

Afternoon Ceremony

  • 1:30 p.m. Graduates arrive via University Drive
  • 2 p.m. Graduates line-up in South Quad
  • 2:30 p.m. Guests need to be seated
  • 3 p.m. Afternoon Ceremony begins

Sequence of Events: The formal procession will begin promptly at the start of each ceremony. Staff will instruct graduates to line up by degree and major. The University’s Chief Marshal will lead the procession followed by other University Marshals, the graduates, faculty, and then the platform party. Once everyone is seated, the ceremony will begin. After invited speakers have concluded, University Marshals will lead their graduates to the stage where each graduating student will have their name announced. As graduating students cross the stage they will receive a tube that they will exchange for a diploma cover at the conclusion of the ceremony. Each ceremony is expected to last approximately 2 hours.

*Note: While you may be inclined to leave after your name has been called, please plan to stay for the duration of the ceremony as it would be impolite to leave while your fellow classmates are being honored. Additionally, diploma covers will not be distributed until the end of each ceremony.

Announcements and Invitations

Standard and customized announcements or invitations are available at The Cove Bookstore. For more information, visit The Cove Bookstore or call 805-482-5456. It is recommended that you order customized announcements or invitations at least six weeks prior to Commencement.

Class Rings

If you would like to purchase class rings, they are available for purchase online through Jostens at or you may speak with a Jostens representative and place an order at Grad Fest in March 2019. 


Diplomas will be ordered following verification of degrees by Records & Registration. You will be notified by letter confirming that you have successfully completed all degree requirements. Diplomas will be sent to the mailing address on file in your myCI account. Expect delivery approximately four to eight weeks after your degree posts. Transcripts needed prior to the arrival of the diploma must be requested through the normal procedure. Please visit the Records and Registration website for the official request form.

Teaching Credentials

Official credential recommendation to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing will be completed by a Credential Analyst once the candidate has met all requirements and has completed a Credential Exit Check. For additional information, please contact the Credential Office at 805-437-8953.

Yearbook and Grad Portraits

O’Connor Bros. Photography will be offering professional portrait opportunities at CSUCI’s Grad Fest, as well as at their studio located in Simi Valley. For more information, visit:

Location:  58 Moreland Road, Suite B, Simi Valley, CA 93065
Studio Phone:  805-306-9542
Studio Email:

Information for Guests:

CI's 2019 Commencement will include two ceremonies on Saturday, May 18, 2019 in the Central Mall. The morning ceremony is at 9 a.m. and the afternoon ceremony will take place at 3 p.m.

Early arrival to campus is highly recommended, at least one hour prior to the start of the ceremony, in order to avoid heavy traffic. Please reference the Parking Instructions page for further details.

Children Attending Ceremony

Due to safety issues, children of graduates are not permitted to sit in the graduate seating area.  Graduates should make advance arrangements to have their children seated with family and friends in the guest seating area.


Flowers will be available for purchase at the Aliso Hall Plaza (near the Dolphin fountain) located on the west side of the campus ( Helium balloons and umbrellas are not permitted in the seating area as they may disrupt the view of guests seated around them.


Food and refreshments will be available for purchase for graduates and guests prior to both ceremonies.


Accessible restrooms will be open throughout the Bell Tower and Sierra Hall buildings and portable restroom facilities will also be available.


With the exception of service animals for people with disabilities, pets/animals are not allowed at the ceremony.

Pop-Up Tents

Portable pop-up tents are not allowed in the Central Mall. Several umbrellas and trees provide shade for guests who need to be protected from the sun.

Photography & Video

Guests are not allowed on or in front of the stage to take photographs or video, and may only take photographs or video in the designated photo/video areas and from audience seats. For public safety reasons, guests will not be allowed to take pictures or videos from the main aisle ways and will be asked by University Police to clear the area. We ask that family members be courteous of others when taking photos/videos.

GradImages, a professional photography company, will be taking pictures of the ceremony and of each degree candidate. All professional proofs will be mailed within one week after the event to the address provided on the Reader Card (provided to graduates during check-in). You may order photographs online at or call 800-261-2576.

The University will be recording the morning and afternoon Commencement ceremonies and will show a live stream video for each ceremony at Both ceremonies will also be available from CI's official YouTube channel at a future date. If you'd like to be notified when the video is available, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

The Cove Bookstore

The Cove Bookstore will have a tent located in the Central Mall for the purchase of CI memorabilia. The retail store located in the University Town Center will be closed.


The ceremony will be held outdoors in the Central Mall. Seating will be provided. Hats and/or sunglasses, sunscreen and bottled water are highly recommended for your guests. Ceremonies are held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, visit for details and ceremony start times.