Grad Fest

Your One Stop Shop for Commencement

Main campus – Central Mall

  • Tuesday, March 5, 2019; 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 6, 2019; 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Grad Fest provides students who are eligible to participate in Commencement the opportunity to acquire all their needs for graduation in one convenient place. Designed as a “one stop shop,” students wishing to participate in graduation ceremonies can buy their cap and gown, pick up day-of parking permits, have their pictures taken, purchase announcements, RSVP for the actual event, join the Alumni and Friends Association, speak with career services, take care of last minute records issues, and much more!


The following resources will be available at Grad Fest. Make sure to stop by each table to check everything off your list:

  • TRANSPORTATION & PARKING SERVICES: Pick up Commencement parking permits and learn more about Commencement parking and transportation.
  • CAREER  DEVELOPMENT: Learn about resources available after graduation – including resume review, interview prep, and virtual appointments.
  • GRADUATE STUDIES CENTER: Research graduate school programs (CSUCI and non-CSUCI), learn about resources, and assistance with personal statement writing.
  • EXTENDED UNIVERSITY: Learn about CSUCI graduate programs.
  • ALUMNI & FRIENDS: Get half-off your Alumni & Friends membership and a free gift! Learn about benefits including mentorship, networking, discounts, and much more.
  • FINANCIAL AID: Have financial aid? Learn about loan repayment options, Exit Counseling, and loan consolidation.
  • RECORDS & REGISTRATION & ADVISING: Get answers to Commencement eligibility questions and graduation requirement questions.
  • THE COVE BOOKSTORE: Purchase your cap, gown, tassel, hood (for Masters),custom announcements, sash, and other CSUCI alumni gear.
  • O’CONNOR BROS: Take graduate portraits. Purchase graduate portrait packages, frames, portrait announcements & portrait memory booklets.
  • THE NAUTICAL: Purchase and learn about customizing your yearbook.
  • CREDENTIAL SERVICES: Application and program information.
  • CHICANA/O LATINA/O ASSOCIATION: Learn about the Si Se Pudo Recognition Celebration for Chicana/o Latina/o students.
  • COMMENCEMENT FLOWERS: Order flowers for the big day.
  • NURSING PINNING CEREMONY: Learn about the Nursing Pinning Ceremony for nursing students.
  • THANK YOU MESSAGE FILMING: Film a thank you message for friends and family to play before each Commencement ceremony.
  • SURVEY: Don’t forget to leave us your feedback in the Grad Fest survey

 Questions? Contact us at or 805-437-3100.