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Q: What is Commencement?

A: 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 Records & Registration office. Denied candidates are required to reapply and pay the $15 fee for graduation once all degree requirements are met.

Q: How do I know if I am eligible to graduate?

A: 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 filed an Application for Degree and Diploma (PDF, 129KB) with Records & Registration. Your form and payment of $50 must be submitted to the Enrollment Center, Sage Hall, 1st floor, by the published deadline. Priority deadlines are printed each term in the Schedule of Classes. Academic advising assistance is also available through the Advising Center, located in the Bell Tower, 1st floor, 805-437-8571.

Q: What do I need to do to participate in Commencement?

A: You will need to complete an online Reservation to Participate by April 27, 2018 .  Once you have completed the online reservation, you will receive an email confirmation that you have completed the online reservation process and are therefore eligible to participate in your designated ceremony.

Q: What if my name does not appear on the check-in list at Grad Fest?

A: Records & Registration staff will be available at Grad Fest to review any outstanding issues in order for you to be eligible to participate in Commencement. Or, you may visit or call the Enrollment Center at 805-437-8500.

Q: I will complete my degree in Fall 2018. Can I participate in the upcoming Spring 2018 ceremony?

A: No. Only students who have completed their degree or credential requirements by Spring 2018 or will complete their work in Spring/Summer 2018 can participate in Commencement per the Academic Senate Policy on Student Participation in Commencement Exercises (SP#: 09-10).

Please contact Records & Registration if you have any further questions:
805-437-8500 or

Q: How many people can attend the ceremony?

A: Due to large crowds, parking constraints and limited seating, degree candidates are strongly encouraged to limit their number of guests attending. Only vehicles displaying a University-issued Commencement Parking Permit will be allowed to park on campus. We also encourage you and your guests to carpool or take the free VISTA bus or Roadrunner shuttle from the Camarillo Metrolink Station to the campus.

Q: What time should my family and I arrive for Commencement?

A: It is strongly recommended that degree candidates arrive at least 1 hour before their ceremony to allow for parking and check in before the start of the ceremony. Family members and guests should be seated 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

  • Morning Ceremony – 9 a.m.; check in at 8 a.m.
  • Afternoon Ceremony – 3 p.m.; check in at 2 p.m.

Q: Where should my guests and I park?

A: Degree candidates should enter at University Drive from Lewis Road. Make sure your Commencement Parking Permit is placed on your dashboard before arriving at the campus so parking officers can quickly direct you to an appropriate parking area. We strongly recommend that your family and friends carpool using one of your Commencement Parking Permits. 

Q: Are there disability parking accommodations?

A: Yes there are accessible parking areas designated for candidates and guests with disabilities available on a first-come, first-served basis. On the day of Commencement, only those vehicles with a University-issued Commencement Parking Permit will be allowed to park on campus. Student parking permits, student housing parking permits, day permits and other regularly issued University parking permits are not valid for Commencement.

Candidates and guests who possess a government-issued Disabled Person(s) Parking Placard must display the placard upon entrance to the campus in conjunction with the Commencement Parking Permit on the day of Commencement in order to be directed to the designated parking areas.

Limited wheelchairs will be available for check-out to assist in transporting the elderly or guests who require disability accommodations. For general information about on-campus parking or transportation services please contact Public Safety at 805-437-8430.

Q: Where on campus will check-in be held for the graduates?

A: Signs will be posted on campus that will direct you to the processional line-up on Chapel Drive in front of Malibu Hall. Degree candidates should check-in at least an hour before the start of the ceremony where you will receive a Reader Card. You will need to complete the Reader Card at check-in and hold onto it during the ceremony. When you arrive on stage, you will hand the card to the reader.

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

A: Honors will be given during the Honors Convocation ceremony, held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 in the Broome Plaza. For questions about Honors Convocation, contact Rachel Danielson, Academic Evaluations Coordinator, at 805-437-3258 or or visit:

Q: How do I arrange for disability accommodations?

A: There are accessible seating areas designated for guests with disabilities available on a first-come, first-served basis. Degree candidates and individuals with special needs requiring accommodations should contact Disability Accommodations and Support Services at or call (V/TTY) 805-437-3331 no later than May 4, 2018.

On the day of Commencement, we will have limited wheelchairs available to check-out for guests with special needs who require transportation to the quad entrance from the designated parking lot.  Available seats are on a first come, first served basis if reservations weren’t made in advance.

Q: 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?

A: 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

Q: Are lactation stations available on campus?

A: Lactation stations will be available for use on a first-come, first served basis.  As those locations are confirmed, information will be updated here.