SATURDAY, May 21, 2016

There will be two Commencement ceremonies this year. The times for the ceremonies will be 10a.m. and 3p.m. The morning ceremony will include the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Business. The afternoon ceremony will include the College of Education, the College of Health Sciences and Human Services and the College of Science.

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CSU Monterey Bay is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable commencement ceremony. This event provides an opportunity for family members to honor graduates as they receive their degrees. Students may request up to six (6) complimentary tickets for the ceremony. This is for fall 15, spring 16 and summer 16 graduates. Tickets will be available at Gradfest.

As the university’s graduating classes have grown since CSU Monterey Bay’s founding, crowds in Freeman Stadium have also grown. Obviously, the stadium’s safe capacity must not be exceeded. A free commencement ticketing plan is in place. By order of the State Fire Marshal and for safety purposes, all attendees age 2 or older are required to have a ticket to attend commencement. The process will be fair and equitable while still maintaining the safety of this event and enabling maximum attendance for family members.

Any student who has tickets he or she does not need may share them with another participating student using the Commencement Facebook page. Students can also return unneeded tickets to the Campus Service Center. The sale of commencement tickets is expressly prohibited by the Student Conduct Code.

If you or your guests require special accommodations for disabilities, please go the Campus Service Center to exchange your General Admission Ticket for an ADA ticket. For more information please visit the Disability Accommodations web information and/or contact Student Disability Resources

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Each graduating student is provided one parking permit in your envelope with your six admission tickets. This parking permit is the only permit valid for commencement parking areas. All other CSUMB parking permits are NOT VALID for commencement parking areas on Commencement Day. Other parking lots on campus may be used and graduates/guests may walk or ride the shuttle to the event. Carpooling is encouraged.

Commencement parking areas include all parking lots and areas surrounding the stadium, Parking Lot 18 and Parking Lot 97. Staff will be on site to direct traffic to appropriate parking areas. If you do not have a parking permit, it is recommended you go to parking lot 71 and use the shuttle provided. (
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Alternative Viewing

Alternate viewing areas will be available at the University Center. This venue offers indoor viewing on the big screen. No tickets are required at offsite viewing locations. The ceremony also will be broadcast on campus cable channel 72 and via the Internet (link will be provided closer to the event).


Students and employees are still needed to volunteer/work at commencement. Please email Hayley Rickard,, to volunteer/work the event.

Social Media

"Like" the Cal State Monterey Bay Commencement page on Facebook. Use the hashtag #MBgrad16 on social media to be featured on the official commencement Tagboard.

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