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General FAQ

What is Commencement?

Commencement ceremonies at CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) are ceremonies for graduation candidates, and not degree conferral ceremonies. Participation in a ceremony does not guarantee degree certification. Candidates who are denied will receive notification by mail from the Registrar’s Office. Denied candidates are required to reapply and pay the current fee for graduation, once all degree requirements are met.

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Eligibility & Participation

How do I know if I am eligible to graduate?

If you have not done so, check with your academic advisor to make sure you have met all of the requirements to graduate. Make sure you have applied to graduate online via your Student Center in CI Records. Priority deadlines, as well as a how-to guide for applying to graduate online, can be found on the Registrar’s Office website. Academic advising assistance is also available through the Academic Advising Center, located in the Bell Tower, 1595, 805-437-8571.

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What do I need to do to participate in Commencement?

You will need to complete an online registration by April 25, 2022 . If you would like your name announced as your slide appears, you need to submit your name pronunciation through the registration portal by April 25, 2022. Due to logistical needs, no additional submissions will be taken after April 25.

The registration link is located on the Commencement homepage. You will be asked to confirm spelling of your name, answer a few questions and register up to 8 guests for your ceremony.
Once you have completed the online reservation, you will receive an email confirmation that you have completed the process and are therefore eligible to participate in your assigned ceremony.

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What if I cannot complete the online reservation form?

If you are receiving a message regarding being ineligible to complete the online reservation, have you checked with your academic advisor to make sure you have met all of the requirements to graduate? Have you filed an Application for Degree and Diploma with the Registrar’s Office and paid your fee in person to the Enrollment Center? If you answered yes to the above questions and are still having issues registering online for Commencement, please contact the appropriate person listed below:

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I will complete my degree in Fall 2022. Can I participate in the upcoming Spring 2022 ceremony?

No. Only students who have completed their degree or credential requirements by Spring 2022 or will complete their work in Spring/Summer 2022 can participate in Commencement per the Academic Senate Policy on Student Participation in Commencement Exercises (SP#: 09-10).Please contact the Registrar’s Office if you have any further questions: 805-437-8500 or

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When will I receive my diploma?

Degrees will not be handed out prior to Commencement. Diplomas will be ordered following verification of degrees by the Registrar’s Office. 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 Registrar’s Office website for the official request form.

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If I am a candidate to graduate with honors, where do I get my honors cord or medallion?

Please be in contact with the Division of Academic Affairs by visiting their honors website.

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Graduate Support

Who do I contact after graduation if I have any questions on career support, staying in contact or if I’m interested in becoming a member of the Alumni & Friends Association?

The Alumni & Friends Association is your link back to CSUCI. If you have any questions after graduation and need assistance, Alumni & Friends is here to help point you in the right direction. Also, being a part of the membership program provides you with career support and many ways to stay in touch with other alumni, students, faculty, and staff. Contact us directly at 805-437-3525 or

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Ceremony Information

Saturday, May 21, 2022 | 9 a.m. Undergraduates earning degrees in the following majors:

Art, Performing Arts, Psychology, and Sociology

Saturday, May 21, 2022 | 3 p.m.Undergraduates earning degrees in the following majors:

Anthropology, Business, Chicana/o Studies, Communication, Economics, English, Global Studies, History, Political Science, and Spanish

Sunday, May 22, 2022 | 9 a.m. Undergraduates earning degrees in the following majors:

Applied Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science & Resource Management, Health Science, Information Technology, Mathematics, and Mechatronics Engineering

Sunday, May 22, 2022 | 3 p.m. Undergraduates earning degrees in the following majors:

Early Childhood Studies, Liberal Studies, and Nursing

Graduate students earning master’s degrees in the following majors:

Biotechnology & Bioinformatics, Biotechnology/Master of Business Administration, Business Administration, Computer Science, Education, Educational Leadership, Mathematics, and Nursing

Students earning Credentials

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Do I need a ticket?

Yes, graduates who want to participate need to register to attend their assigned ceremony.  Announcements will be made on when the registration site will open and close. Closer to Commencement, if you have registered, you will be emailed a Gradpass that contains a QR code, this is your ticket to attend your Ceremony. Your Gradpass will be scanned at check-in when you arrive on campus  If you attend the ceremony and do not have a Gradpass, you will not be admitted to the ceremony space.

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What if I forget to register and the deadline to RSVP has passed?

It is very important that you register to attend Commencement.

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Does my Grad Pass work for all ceremony days?

No, your grad pass will only provide you entrance to your assigned ceremony.

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Once I register, how will I receive my Grad Pass?

You will receive your Grad Pass electronically.

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How do I scan my Grad Pass?

Your Gradpass can be scanned from your mobile device or you can print your Gradpass and bring it with you. .

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Do all my guests need tickets?

Yes.  Each graduate may invite up to 8 guests to their assigned ceremony.  You will register your guests when you complete your own registration.  To attend ceremonies all guests will be required to show proof of COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test administered within 48 of arriving on campus.

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Can my family or friends watch my ceremony virtually?

Yes, we will be livestreaming each ceremony. A link to the livestream will go up on the day of Commencement on the Commencement website. 

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Event Details

What happens if it rains?

This is a rain or shine event.

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Is smoking allowed?

No, effective August 23, 2017, CSUCI is a smoke and tobacco-free campus. The following will be not be allowed:

  • Use of any smoke-emitting products including cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, hookahs, e-cigarettes, vapor devices, or similar products, are all prohibited on University-owned property.
  • Tobacco and nicotine use in any form whether smoked, heated, chewed, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled, snorted, sniffed, or ingested by any other means. FDA approved tobacco cessation products when used for this purpose are exempt.

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Can I bring my pet to the ceremony?

Only well-behaved service dogs are allowed. You must pick-up after them and they must be on a leash.

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