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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 Registrar's Office. Denied candidates are required to reapply and pay the current fee for graduation, once all degree requirements are met.

Q: Where on campus is Commencement held?
A: Commencement is held outdoors in the Central Mall, rain or shine.  

Q: Are tickets required for Commencement guests?
A: No, tickets are not required for attendance, but we ask graduates to invite only a reasonable number of guests. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis.  Since there is a limited number of parking passes, two per graduate, additional guests would need to take alternative transportation via the Metrolink-shuttle service.  

Q: What time should my family and I arrive for Commencement?
A: It is strongly recommended graduates arrive at least one hour prior to the start of 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: How many people can attend the ceremony?
A: Due to large crowds, parking constraints and limited seating, graduates 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 shuttle from the Camarillo Metrolink Station to the campus. 

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 in South Quad, in front of Islands Café. Graduates should check-in at least an one hour prior to 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:Will there be flowers for sale on-site?
A: Yes. Our flower vendor is Commencement Flowers and they will have multiple stations throughout the Central Mall. You may also pre-order flowers at Grad Fest or by visiting

Q: Where can I take photos of my graduate?
A: There will be a designated photo/video area to the left and right of the stage where you may stand to take photos of your graduate.

Q: Are lactation stations available on campus?
A: Yes, there is one lactation station located in Sierra Hall 3304 and will be available on a first-come, first served basis.



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, 137KB) with the Registrar's Office. Your form and payment must be submitted to the Enrollment Center, by the published deadline. Priority deadlines are printed each term in the Schedule of Classes. Academic advising assistance is also available through the Academic Advising Center, located in the Bell Tower, 1595, 805.437.8571.

Q:What do I need to do to participate in Commencement?
A: You will need to complete an online RSVP to Participate by April 26, 2019, which can be found on the Commencement webpage:  (click on the blue “Commencement RSVP” button).  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 designated ceremony.

Q: What if I cannot complete the online reservation form?
A: 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:

  • Undergraduate students: please contact the Registrar's Office at or 805.437.8500.
  • Credential students: please contact Arlene Pendelton in the Clinical Experiences & Partnerships Office at or 805.437.8573.
  • Masters of Education students: please contact Barbara Grimes in the Graduate Studies Center at  or 805.437.8953.
  • Extended University students: please contact Brianne Keighley in Extended University at or 805.437.3201.
  • CODEL students: please contact Kim Infinger in the Collaborative Online Doctoral Program at or 805.437.2002

Q: I will complete my degree in Fall 2019. Can I participate in the upcoming Spring 2019 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 the Registrar’s Office if you have any further questions:
805.437.8500 or 

Note: There are special exceptions based on individual circumstances. Direct the student inquiring to speak with someone in the Registrar's Office.



Q: What is Grad Fest and when is it held?
A: To help you prepare for Commencement, we strongly encourage you to attend this event, which will be held on the Main Campus on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 5 & 6, 2019 in the Central Mall. All services and vendors are brought to campus on these two days to make preparing for commencement easier for graduating students.

Q: What if my name does not appear on the registration list?
A: The Registrar's Office 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.



Parking Permits
Parking on campus is limited and will be subject to traffic control by Public Safety at the time of your arrival. Each graduate who requests Commencement parking is eligible to receive two (2) parking permits. Candidates may either use the permit(s) or provide them to family or friends, but each candidate will only receive two (2) parking permits for use at Commencement.  Commencement parking permits and maps will be available for pick-up at Public Safety, located in Placer Hall, adjacent to the A-1 parking lot, on a first-come, first served basis. Since there is a limited number of parking passes per student, we ask that additional guests take alternative transportation via the Metrolink-shuttle service.  Park at the Metrolink lot on Lewis Road and wait for the shuttle to campus.

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.

Guests are also encouraged to utilize the free VISTA bus and shuttles, for transportation from the Camarillo Metrolink Station to campus. These shuttles/buses run every 15-30 minutes.  Limited wheelchairs will be available on campus to transport the elderly or guests who require disability accommodations, to the ceremony site.

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 to transport 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: 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 no later than Friday, May 3, 2019.

On the day of Commencement, we will have wheelchairs available 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.

Degree Candidates
Degree candidates requesting accommodations for Commencement (including accessible seating and stage route for degree candidates utilizing wheelchairs, walkers or crutches) must contact Disability Resource Programs no later than Friday, May 3, 2019.

A designated seating area for guests with disabilities will be available on a first come, first served basis. This area will be opened to the general public after the ceremony begins, therefore early arrival is recommended. 

Degree Candidate and Guests
To ensure accessible viewing distance, guests utilizing ASL services are required to contact Disability Resource Programs at or via phone at (V/TTY) 805.437.3331 no later than Friday, May 3, 2019, for priority seating within the designated area.



Q: How will my family and guests know where to sit so they can see me?
A: On the day of Commencement, have your family and guests check at the Guest Services tents, inside the Central Mall area, for the graduate seating chart. Anyone at the booths can assist them in finding the perfect place to sit for the ceremony.


Q: How can I purchase/obtain tickets for my guests?
A: No tickets are required to attend the Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 18, 2019. There is no limit to the number of guests you may bring. However, we ask you to please use the RSVP link on the Commencement website ( to let us know how many guests you are expecting.



Q: When will I receive my diploma?
A: Degrees will not be handed out at 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.


Diploma Cover Distribution FAQ’s

PM Ceremony

Q: Where can students pick up diploma cover?

A: There are two information booths, one by the fountain in front of the Bell Tower and another close to the library. Students will need to exchange their tube for a diploma cover.

Q: I am getting two degrees, can I get two diploma covers?

A: No, only one cover can be provided.

Q: I needed to leave the ceremony and could not pick up my diploma cover. Where can I get one?

A: You can go to the Registrar’s Office located in Sage Hall to pick up your diploma.

Q: I need to leave the ceremony early can I still pick up my cover at the information booth?

A: Yes

Q: If a student does not have a tube do they need to retrieve it to get a diploma cover?

A: No, we can give them a cover. We do not need to be adamant about having the tube.

Q: Can I pick up a diploma cover for a friend?

A: No, student needs to go to sage hall next week with tube to exchange for a cover.



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 11, 2019 in the South Quad. For questions about Honors Convocation, contact Rachel Danielson, Assistant Registrar - Academic Evaluations, at 805.437.3258 or or visit:



Q: When will I receive my Teaching Credential?
A: 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 Clinical Experiences & Partnerships Office at 805.437.8953.



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



  • Complete the online RSVP to Participate no later than April 26, 2019. 
  • Purchase your cap and gown during CSUCI’s Grad Fest, which will be held on March 5 and 6, 2019 in the Central Mall, or at The Cove Bookstore after Grad Fest.
  • Pick up parking permits no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2019.
  • Degree candidates should arrive an hour in advance of their designated ceremony time in order to allow ample time for parking and check-in.
  • All degree candidates should check-in for the processional in the South Quad.
  • Leave personal items such as purses, cameras, etc. with family members. There are no secure areas during Commencement for you to leave such items.
  • Due to safety reasons, children of degree candidates may not be seated in the graduate seating area.
  • Bachelor degree candidates should wear their tassel on the right.
  • Bachelor degree candidates with honors may wear the cords or medallions they received at Honors Convocation.
  • Master’s, Doctoral and Credential candidates should wear their tassel on the left.
  • As a matter of courtesy and respect for your fellow graduates, please remain seated until the conclusion of the ceremony.
  • Please do not bring horns, canned string, beach balls, etc., as they are not suitable for Commencement.
  • Please do not bring non-biodegradable confetti or any other item that would can cause environmental damage to campus.
  • Alcohol is NOT permitted on campus during the ceremonies.
  • Complimentary bottled water will be available for degree candidates.



  • Graduation cap (mortarboard)..........$9 (plus tax)
  • Tassel for the mortarboard ...............$6 (plus tax)
  • Bachelor’s Gown…………………..........$33 (plus tax)
  • Bachelor's Regalia..............................$47 (plus tax)
    includes cap, gown and tassel
  • Master’s Gown………………………......$36 (plus tax)
  • Master's Hood....................................$36 (plus tax)
  • Master's Regalia.................................$86 (plus tax)
    includes cap, gown, tassel and hood
  • For Doctoral Regalia information, please contact Kim Infinger at 



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