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Q: What is Commencement?

A: Commencement ceremonies at CSU Channel Islands (CI) are candidate’s ceremonies 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, 340KB) 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 May 1, 2017 .  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 2017. Can I participate in the upcoming Spring 2017 ceremony?

A: No. Only students who have completed their degree or credential requirements prior to Spring 2017 or will complete their work in Spring/Summer 2017 can participate in Commencement per the Academic Senate Policy on Student Participation in Commencement Exercises (SP#: 09-10).

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 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 graduates arrive at least 1 hour before check-in to allow for parking. Guests should be seated 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

Q: Where should my guests and I park?

A: Graduates 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 guests carpool using one of your Commencement Parking Permits. 

There are accessible parking areas designated for candidates and guests with disabilities available on a first-come, first-served basis. Candidates and guests who possess a 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.

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 check-in area located on the lawn between the Library and Malibu Hall. Graduates 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 this 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 scheduled for Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the John Spoor Broome Library Plaza. For questions about Honors Convocation, contact Rachel Danielson, Academic Evaluations Coordinator, at 805-437-3258 or  

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Q: How do I arrange for disability accommodations?

A: There are seating areas designated for guests with disabilities available on a first-come, first-served basis. Graduates and individuals with special needs requiring accommodations should contact Disability Accommodations and Support Services at or call 805-437-3331 no later than May 5, 2017.

Q: Who do I contact after graduation if I have any questions on career support, staying in contact or making a gift to the campus?

A: The Alumni & Friends Association is your link back to CI. 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