Commencement

Faculty are encouraged to attend the Commencement exercises in support of the students. Special seating near the stage is available for all faculty. Regalia is required for faculty participation in Commencement. The time period for ordering regalia has closed. 

Banner bearers

Banner bearers must check in at the Baseball Field in full regalia no later than 8:30AM for the morning ceremony, and no later than 2:30PM for the afternoon ceremonies. After you check in, you will gather near your banner and students graduating in that major.

As the students are directed to their seats, the Banner bearers move to the front sides of the stage, face the audience and wait through the welcome. After the National Anthem has been sung, acting in unison, Banner bearers will post the banners into banner holders (a black wooden plank with pre-drilled holes located in front sides of the stage platform) and then move to their seats. There will be no formal announcement for the banners to be posted. We will have reserved seating for banner bearers that will read, "Reserved for banner bearer."

Faculty participants

Once you are in full regalia, please head over to the stadium. Faculty gather at the Baseball Field with the students to process in after the University Marshall, the banner bearers, and students. A Faculty Marshall will lead faculty into the stadium following the students. Faculty is followed by the Platform Marshall and Platform Party.

Multilingual welcomers

Multilingual welcomers will gather at the Baseball Field and participate in the procession along with the faculty and proceed to seats reserved for faculty seating (first or second row). The welcomers should proceed directly to the microphone in front of the stage to give your welcome directly following the University Marshall’s welcome. Please take your seat after offering your welcome greeting in your assigned language. 

Transportation, traffic, and parking

Traffic will be heavy on both Commencement days. Think outside the box on how to get to the Stadium and/or Baseball Field. Below are some options for transportation and parking.

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

1) Be Sustainability Minded

Think green. Walking, biking, and carpooling are encouraged. 

2) Park in Faculty/Staff Parking: If driving, please drive to Lot 86 located on Inter-garrison Drive. Please arrive early to help ensure on-time arrival. Please make sure to have your faculty/staff parking permit visible on your dashboard. 

3) Park in Lot 59 and take the WAVE Shuttle: Faculty may also park in Lot 59. Your faculty/staff parking permit must be visible. Lot 59 is serviced by the free WAVE Shuttle and is located outside the heaviest Commencement traffic. 

 4) ADA Parking:   ADA parking is available for faculty 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.