Before the Ceremony

1. Apply for Graduation

  • Complete the Application for Graduation, available online through your myCI Student Center in CI Records. Please allow a minimum of 24 hours for the $50 Graduation Application Fee to post to your account. Below are the deadlines to submit the application for the term in which you will complete all degree requirements and coursework.

    Planned Graduation TermUndergraduate Application DeadlineGraduate Application Deadline
    Spring 2023October 1, 2022October 1, 2022
    Summer 2023October 1, 2022October 1, 2022
  • Submit any outstanding Official Transcripts, General Education Course Substitutions (PDF, 184kb), Petitions for Exception (PDF, 61kb), or other required documentation to the Registrar’s Office.

  • Update your mailing address in myCI, under CI records.

  • Update the name on your diploma, if needed. Check this by viewing your Primary Name in your Student Center by navigating to ‘Personal Information’ and selecting ‘Names’.

  • Check for any holds on your account and clear them with the appropriate department.

  • Check your CI Academic Requirements Report to make sure everything is complete. A green check mark indicates a requirement has been met.

    It is the student's responsibility to submit the petition to participate in commencement if requesting an exception to the terms eligible for the commencement ceremony. Petition to Participate in Commencement

    Students with questions regarding graduation eligibility or the petitioning process, please contact the Registrar’s Office by email, phone 805-437-8500, or visit the Registrar’s Office website.

2. Register to Participate in the Commencement Ceremony

To participate in a Commencement Ceremony, you must register through Marching Order.

To participate in cultural & affinity ceremonies, please indicate your interest within your Marching Order registration. If you have any questions about cultural & affinity ceremonies, e-mail Student Academic Success & Equity Initiatives ( to find out who is the appropriate contact person. 

3. Attend Grad Fest

Grad Fest will be held March 8 & 9 this year from 10am - 6pm in the Grand & Petit Salons.

Ceremony Attire

Candidates are encouraged to wear proper academic regalia in the Commencement Ceremonies. This includes a cap, gown, and tassel.

Bachelor degree candidates should wear their tassel on the right side of the cap until the degree has been awarded. It is then changed to the left side.

Master’s, Doctoral and Credential candidates should wear their tassel on the left.

Purchasing Cap and Gown
  • Caps and gowns may be pre-ordered during Grad Fest.
  • If you miss the pre-order deadline through Jostens, you can purchase graduation regalia from the Cove Bookstore.
  • If you have questions about purchasing the cap and gown, please contact the Cove Bookstore at 805-482-5456.

Attend Commencement!

Please view our Ceremony Information page to prepare for Commencement.

After the Ceremony

Join the Alumni & Friends Association and Stay Connected!

Your Alumni & Friends Association (A&FA) is here to support you beyond graduation – Take advantage of the career support offered during this exciting transition from college life to professional life.

Membership also offers opportunities to network with fellow alumni, volunteer, and ways to give back to CSUCI. Stay connected with your alma mater and build lifelong connections through the A&FA

  • Annual membership – $30
  • Three year membership – $75
  • Five year membership – $100
  • Lifetime membership – $300

Give the gift of an alumni membership to your grad!

Plus, once you’re a member you’ll enjoy these benefits:

  • Join more than 26,000+ CSUCI graduates!
  • Career support – 1:1 career counseling, personalized resume review, networking opportunities, and more!
  • Discounts at theme parks, auto insurance, movie theaters, concerts, shopping, and tons of attractions.
  • Continued access to select services at the John Spoor Broome Library (no remote access to online journals).
  • Special invitations to alumni events – including Dodger Day, AlumNights, mixer, and networking events.
  • Stay connected – get our monthly newsletter, learn about career opportunities, events, and ways to give back to CSUCI

For information on an Alumni & Friends membership, please contact us at 805-437-3622 or Family members can also purchase gift lifetime memberships for their grads.

*Gifts differ by membership level. Available while supplies last.

Diploma Information

Diplomas will be ordered following verification of degree. Degree processing begins two weeks after grades post and it will take 6 - 8 weeks to confer degrees. The diplomas are mailed from a separate company and take up to one month to arrive. It will be mailed to the address on file with CI. Please check your CI Records account via myCI to verify that your mailing address is correct and up-to-date. Transcripts needed prior to the arrival of the diploma must be requested through the normal procedure.

Any questions concerning diplomas or your graduation status should be directed to the Registrar’s Office.

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