The annual commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2022 will be held on Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, 2022. The ceremonies will be held in the CSUMB Stadium. Ceremonies are held by the college. See below for each specific college’s date and time.
College of Business | College of Health Sciences and Human Services
Friday, May 20
Ceremony begins at 3 p.m.
Doors open at 1:30 p.m.
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Saturday, May 21
Ceremony begins at 10 a.m.
Doors open at 8:30 a.m.
College of Education | College of Science
Saturday, May 21
Ceremony begins at 3 p.m.
Doors open at 1:30 p.m.
- Commencement tickets and parking permits are available for pickup at the Otter Student Union through April 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday - Friday on the third floor in Suite 306. Please remember to bring your photo ID.
- Each candidate will be able to pick up a maximum of six commencement tickets and two commencement parking passes.
- Ticket requests may only be made by candidates.
- Tickets for the May ceremony are for Fall 2021, Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 graduates only.
- By order of the State Fire Marshal and for safety purposes, all attendees age 2 or older are required to have a ticket to enter the stadium.
- You must pick up your tickets BEFORE 4 p.m. on Friday, April 29.
- There are specific tickets for each of the three ceremonies and they are not interchangeable.
- All of the tickets are clearly marked with the ceremony date and time.
- There are alternate ways of picking up tickets and parking passes are available for candidates that are unable to come to campus to pick up their tickets.
- By proxy: You can assign someone to pick up your tickets and parking permits by sending us an email and providing your first and last name and that person's relationship to you. ID is required for pickup.
- Will call: A Will Call booth will be available for ticket pick-up in person or by proxy. The booth will be located at the World Theater (5260 Sixth Avenue, Seaside, California 93955). It will be staffed on Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days. You can either pick up your tickets in person or use a proxy at the Will Call Booth. To utilize the Will Call option, please send us an email and tell us if you will pick up your tickets and parking permits or if someone else will. If someone else is picking up your tickets and parking permits, provide your first and last name and that person's relationship to you. ID is required for pickup.
- By mail: Tickets and parking permits can be mailed to you at your cost. To have your tickets mailed to you, you must complete the Mailing Tickets and Parking Passes Form and send a 8x11”-or-larger, postage-prepaid, trackable envelope.Requests for mailing tickets will be accepted through May 1. After that date, all tickets must be picked up at the Will Call booth.
- Disclaimer: Tickets are complementary and may not be purchased or sold. Any candidate who has extra tickets may share them with other participating candidates. However, the sale of tickets is expressly prohibited by the Student Conduct Code. You assume all risk for loss or destruction of tickets. Lost or destroyed tickets will not be replaced, so please pick someone you trust completely.
- Additional Tickets: If there are any additional tickets to distribute, an email will be sent on or before May 4 with additional details on how to request more. The form that will be included in the email is the only way to request additional tickets, so please do not email requesting additional tickets.
- Any candidate and attendee requiring special accommodations to participate in commencement is invited to contact Student Disability Resources.
Traffic will be heavy on both Commencement days.
It is recommended that all visitors enter the campus using the Lightfighter Drive exit and utilize General Jim Moore Blvd. at Lightfighter Dr. Please arrive early to help ensure on-time arrival. Lastly, when driving on-campus please follow all directional signage and instructions from any parking service personnel. We hope you enjoy your time at CSUMB.
All vehicles must display a valid parking permit or be subject to citation.
Parking permits may be purchased from kiosks located in parking lots across campus or online. Parking permit kiosks on campus take credit cards and cash ($1 and $5s), but they do NOT provide change. You may also pre-purchase print-at-home parking permits. Below is an overview of transportation and parking options. You can also view the Circulation and Traffic map here.
Take the (new) wave shuttle!
This shuttle is available for everyone to ride and is FREE. There are over 12,000 people on campus for Commencement on May 20 and 21. Avoid the traffic by riding the wave shuttle. Service will be offered on a 15-minute continuous loop between East Campus, the CSUMB Stadium, Alternate Viewing, and Lot 59 (as well as other campus stops) on both Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21. Shuttle service begins at 6:30 a.m. and runs through 7:00 p.m. Wave Shuttle Map
Transportation and Parking Options
1) Be Sustainability Minded
Think green. Walking, biking, and carpooling are encouraged.
2) Park in Commencement Parking
Commencement Parking Permits only. Only vehicles displaying a Commencement Parking Permit can park directly adjacent to the CSUMB Stadium. Directions to Commencement parking will be clearly marked, follow the directional parking signage to the Commencement Parking Lot. Please view the Circulation and Traffic map here.
Note: Parking in this lot requires Commencement Parking Permits which were provided to graduates ONLY with their Commencement tickets. These parking permits can be used by graduates and/or their guests at their discretion. No other parking permits are valid in the Commencement Parking Lot.
3) Park in Lot 59 and take the wave shuttle
Graduates or attendees without Commencement Parking Permits are encouraged to park in Lot 59. A parking permit is required for this lot. Please purchase a parking permit in advance, or upon arrival. Lot 59 is serviced by the free wave shuttle and is located outside the heaviest Commencement traffic. This shuttle is available for everyone to ride and is FREE.
4) ADA Parking
ADA parking is available for those attendees and/or vehicles with state issued ADA placards. There is no official drop-off location adjacent to the Commencement site (the CSUMB Stadium). Directions will be clearly marked. For more information on ADA, click here.
Eduardo M. Ochoa, CSUMB President
Dr. Eduardo M. Ochoa grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, before moving with his family to
Portland, Oregon, while in high school. He has earned degrees in physics, nuclear science and
economics from Reed College, Columbia University, and the New School for Social Research,
respectively. He has worked as an engineer, as a faculty member, dean, and provost and as a
member of the Obama Administration.
In 2012 he became president of California State University, Monterey Bay. He will retire this
August after 10 years of service at CSUMB.
Dr. Ochoa has spent nearly four-decades as a teacher and leader in the California State
University system, including his tenure as provost and vice president for academic affairs
at Sonoma State University. In February 2010, President Barack Obama named Dr. Ochoa
assistant secretary for postsecondary education. In that position, he served as the secretary’s
chief adviser on higher education issues and administered more than 60 programs.
At CSUMB, Dr. Ochoa established three broad goals for his presidency: establishing excellence
in selected fields in response to regional needs; becoming a national leader in the development
of new sustainable models of higher education; and developing the university’s catalytic role in
regional, cultural and economic development.
Dr. Ochoa moved decisively to deal with the challenges facing the university and the region.
His emphasis on inclusion and outreach meshes with both the vision statement of the campus
and the realities of serving a student body made up of a majority of first-generation students. He
re-focused attention on improving the university’s retention and graduation rates, while stressing
the importance of a rigorous educational experience. He has increased the university’s outreach,
as it plays a more active role in improving the economy and quality of life on the Central Coast.
Dr. Ochoa’s wife, Holly Byers Ochoa, is a historian, writer and editor. They have two adult sons,
Michael and Eric.
Honorary Degree Recipient
Helen Rucker, Doctor of Humane Letters
Helen Rucker, retired educator and longtime community activist, worked as a teacher and
librarian for the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District for more than 25 years. After
retiring in 1988, she devoted herself to a second career as a civic leader and activist.
Rucker has served as an MPUSD board member, as well as a city council member and mayor
pro tem for the city of Seaside. She founded the Seaside Voter Education Center in 2008,
holding regular office hours and planning voting rights presentations and voter registration
events involving community members and CSUMB service learning students. She is a longtime
supporter and active volunteer for many community groups and organizations including the
NAACP of Monterey County, the Leon Panetta Lecture Series Task Force, the Service Learning
Institute, and the Women’s Leadership Council. In 2011, Helen endowed a scholarship she has
awarded annually to CSUMB students since 1998 in honor of her late husband, James Rucker,
who served in the U.S. Army on Fort Ord.
For her leadership and service, Helen has received many awards including the 2015 Woman of
the Year for the 29th Assembly District, and the 2017 NAACP Medgar Evers Freedom Legacy
Award. In 1999, CSUMB honored Helen as a Presidential Fellow for Community and Human
Services. The university honored her again in Spring 2022 with an honorary degree and the
naming of the Helen Rucker Center for Black Excellence.
Miranda Sampson, Business Administration
Miranda Sampson is graduating from the College of Business with a concentration in
agribusiness. Sampson earned an associate’s degree in business administration at Cabrillo
College and transferred to CSUMB in Fall 2020 in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although Miranda’s start at the university was completely virtual, she was determined to
make the most out of her college experience. She joined the Agribusiness Club and became
club president after two semesters. She completed internships at the Monterey Bay Economic
Partnership and CSUMB’s Tanimura and Antle Family Memorial Library. Miranda lived on
campus, went to school events, met fellow students, and engaged with inspiring professors. She
is unbelievably grateful for the support of professors, supervisors, and mentors during her time
Misha Zmuda-Arnold Moseley, Collaborative Health and Human Sciences
Misha Zmuda-Arnold Moseley is a Collaborative Health and Human Services graduate
passionate about nutritional health. She interned with CSUMB’s Basic Needs Initiative for
the past three semesters, serving as a nutritional advisor. Moseley says it was an amazing
opportunity to support the health of CSUMB students while pursuing her professional goals in
dietary education. She is enthusiastic about sharing the benefits of healthy eating with others to
promote holistic well-being for all communities.
Jianshan Chen Khalsa, Psychology
Jianshan Chen Khalsa is a first-generation college graduate, earning Summa Cum Laude
academic honors. She transferred to CSUMB from Hartnell College in 2020 and will continue
her education as a graduate student in CSUMB’s School Psychology Program. She grew up in a
remote farming village in Guangdong Province, China, where she dropped out of high school
to support her family. She moved to California in 2016 to pursue her dream of becoming an
educator. She plans to become a school psychologist to help diverse student populations receive
the services they need to help them thrive and succeed.
- All commencement ceremonies are held outdoors, rain or shine, with no shade. Attendees should be prepared both for heat and inclement weather.
- Umbrellas, balloons, glitter, rice, streamers, and confetti are not permitted in the stadium.
- No outside food or beverages are permitted in the stadium except as medically necessary.
- Alcohol, smoking, and the use of tobacco products is not permitted in the stadium.
- No animals (except approved certified service dogs).
- In support of CSUMB’s commitment to sustainability, three waste sorting bins will be provided for use by attendees. CSUMB requests attendees properly sort their waste.
- Clear bags and backpacks are subject to search upon entrance: Clear bags and backpacks under 14” x 14” x 6” are allowed. Non-clear bags are limited and not to exceed 5”x9”x2”. Please note: On a case-by-case basis, security may make exceptions to the Clear Bag Policy for parents of babies/toddlers with diaper bags, breastfeeding mothers, and those with documented medical needs.
- No weapons or incendiary devices of any kind. No laser pointers.
- No professional camera equipment, including but not limited to tripods, battery packs, large commercial video cameras.
- No remote controlled aircraft or unmanned aircraft systems (drones).
- No strollers or car seats.
- No umbrellas, beach balls, frisbees, sports equipment and toys.
- No metal, plastic or glass water bottles or containers of any kind. No hard or soft sided coolers of any kind.
- No illegal substances, drugs or chemicals of any kind.
- No poles and sticks/staffs including but not limited to metal, plastic or wood.
- Noisemakers, plastic horns, air horns, whistles or musical instruments of any kind.
- No skates, skateboards, scooters, hoverboards or bicycles.
- No aerosol cans (e.g., sunblock, pepper spray, mace, hairspray, silly string, etc.).
- Any items deemed by Management to be inappropriate, offensive or potentially hazardous may be confiscated.
- An Alternate Viewing Site will be available on both May 20 and May 21.
- The Alternate Viewing Site is located at the World Theater on campus at 5260 Sixth Avenue, Seaside, CA 93955.
- Attendees can view the livestream on the big screen indoors in a climate controlled environment.
- No tickets are required for the Alternate Viewing Site.
- Parking is available adjacent to the World Theater. A parking permit is required. Please purchase a parking permit in advance or upon arrival.
- The World Theater is served by the free WAVE shuttle and is located outside the heaviest Commencement traffic.
ADA Parking: ADA parking is available for those attendees and/or vehicles with state issued ADA placards. There is no official drop-off location adjacent to the Commencement site (the CSUMB Stadium). Follow the directional parking signage to the ADA Parking Lot. Directions will be clearly marked.
ADA Tickets: ADA tickets may be obtained by the graduate for their attendees. A general admission ticket must be exchanged for an ADA ticket. Each ADA ticket allows for a maximum of 2 caregivers to sit on either side of the guest in the ADA seating area.
ADA Seats: The newly renovated stadium has ADA seating built into the stands. An ADA ticket is not required for those seats.
ADA Paths of Travel: All access to the stadium is ADA grade compliant.
Service Animals: Service animals will be admitted as provided by law. Emotional support animals are not required to be admitted by law and will NOT be admitted entrance to the stadium.
Distance from Gate entrance to ADA seating:
- Gate 1 Entrance to ADA Seating: 893 ft.
- Gate 2 (closest to ADA Parking) Entrance to ADA Seating: 612 ft.
ADA Shuttle and Transportation: The wave shuttle is the campus official ADA transportation and has space for wheelchairs to be locked down. There will also be limited cart service from the ADA Parking Lot to the top of Gate 2 Ramp. Please look for directional information in the ADA Parking Lot on how to obtain a cart ride, if needed.
- More information on social media supporting Commencement 2022 will be forthcoming.
- Only graduates are allowed at the Otter Soccer Field.
- Friends, family members, and supporters should head directly to CSUMB’s stadium to get their seats.
- Seats in the stadium are available on a first come, first served basis.
- Gates open at 8:30 a.m. for the morning ceremony.
- Gates open at 1:30 p.m. for the afternoon ceremonies.
- Graduates and their families, friends, and supporters are encouraged to make arrangements to meet up after the ceremony has ended at a location outside the stadium.
- It is also greatly encouraged and appreciated for all attendees to wait to exit the ceremony after all students, faculty, and the platform party have left the seating area.
- Each ceremony is expected to have a duration of approximately 2-2.5 hours.
CSUMB works to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment for all students, faculty, staff, and guests. Please educate yourself on the COVID-19 protocols for event spaces prior to your arrival. Your attendance at campus-sponsored events is your agreement to abide by all COVID-19 protocols. Safety is everyone's responsibility.
For additional information, please email our commencement staff.