Frequently Asked Questions

The questions below are commonly asked by graduates.


1. Am I required to participate in Commencement?

No. Participating in Commencement is optional and not required.

2. Is registration required?

Yes. This year, Stanislaus State must follow the guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health which requires that all participants be registered in advance of the ceremonies. Graduates were asked to register themselves and their two guests inside Marching Order to attend by May 12, 2021. Graduates and guests who are not registered to attend, will not be granted entry into any ceremony. No exceptions will be made.

3. Am I required to wear face coverings at Commencement?

Yes. All graduates and guests are required to wear a face covering at all times during the Commencement ceremonies. Guests and graduates must continue to wear face coverings even while seated with members of their household. Please review the notice below.

Regarding the New CDC Guidance on May 13, 2021:

Posted: May 13, 2021

Face coverings are still required to be worn at all times during the Commencement ceremonies.
 

Commencement is considered a large-scale outdoor event and as such, the new guidance by the CDC is not applicable to our ceremonies. 

Despite the new guidance by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), guests and graduates are STILL REQUIRED to wear face coverings even while seated with members of their household.

 

4. Can I simply show up to a ceremony without registering?

No. This year the guidance by the California Department of Public Health requires that all graduates and guests be registered prior to attending the Commencement ceremonies. The deadline to register was May 12, 2021. Graduates who arrive without registering for the ceremony will not be granted entry into the ceremony. No exceptions will be made. The ceremony will take place inside a fenced perimeter where only those who are registered with valid tickets will be granted entry into the ceremony. Guests will not be allowed to view the ceremony alongside the fenced perimeter.

5. Where do I check-in?

The check-in station will be located beside the Snider Recital Hall on the west side of campus. Graduates must arrive with their registered guest(s) to check-in. At check-in, you and your guest(s) will be asked to show your printed graduate pass, guest ticket(s), and valid photo ID and/or student ID card. We recommend for guests and graduates to print their tickets.

6. Can I register myself at the gate?

No. The deadline to register for Commencement was on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. At this time, no new graduates can be registered after the deadline. As a reminder, guests and graduates who are not registered will not be granted entry into any ceremony. No exceptions will be made.

7. Can I switch or change a guest at the gate?

No. Registered guests must match the names that appear on the registry. Guests cannot be switched or changed at the gate, on the day of the ceremony. As a reminder, guests and graduates who are not registered, will not be granted entry into any ceremony. No exceptions will be made.

8. Can I attend two ceremonies since I am a double-major or a dual concentration graduate?

No. Graduates cannot attend more than one ceremony. This is done to ensure that all graduates are given the opportunity to celebrate during these difficult times.

9. Can I sit with my friend(s) at the ceremony?

No. The California Department of Public Health guidance requires all graduates to remain seated with only their two registered guests at all times during the ceremony.

10. What do I need to do and bring on the day of my ceremony?

All guests and graduates are required to wear face coverings at all times at the Commencement ceremonies, this includes at check-in.

Step 1: Complete a self-screening form prior to arriving to campus

  • To facilitate a safer ceremony, all graduates and their guests are required to first complete a self-screening form (prior to arriving to campus).
  • This questionnaire is to assess the health conditions of all in attendance.
  • Ask your guests to complete their self-screening forms as well.
 

Step 2: Arrive with your guests to check-in

At check-in, graduates and their guests will be asked for the following items:

  • A guest ticket for each guest.
  • A valid photo ID
  • Your Graduate Pass

As a reminder, graduates and guests who are not registered by the graduate will not be granted entry into any ceremony. No exceptions will be made.

 

11. Where is my graduate pass/grad pass?

Your graduate pass will be emailed beginning on May 13, 2021 to the email listed on Marching Order. Please arrive with your graduate pass and guest ticket(s) when you arrive on campus accompanied by your registered guest(s). Please review the steps in question 10 for more information.

12. How do I know if I am eligible to participate in Commencement?

Class of 2020 Class of 2021

Students are eligible to participate with the Class of 2020 if they have been cleared for graduation on the following terms:

  • Fall 2019
  • Spring 2020
  • Summer 2020

Students are eligible to participate in the Class of 2021 if they have applied for the following terms:

  • Fall 2020
  • Spring 2020
  • Summer 2021

For graduates to receive program recognition at their ceremony, they must have either cleared for graduation (Class of 2020) or submitted a graduation application (Class of 2021) to Enrollment Services.

13. Which terms are considered as part of Class of 2020 and Class of 2021?

Class of 2020 Class of 2021

includes students who graduated in:

  • Fall 2019
  • Spring 2019
  • Summer 2020

includes students who applied to graduate in: 

  • Fall 2020
  • Spring 2021
  • Summer 2021

Graduates will be assigned to a ceremony based on their most recent degree earning. For example, if you earned your Bachelor’s degree in 2020 but most recently earned a Teacher Credential, you will join the Class of 2021 ceremony.

Graduates from Fall 2021:

  • Graduates from the Fall 2021 term are considered to be part of the Class of 2022. These graduates will walk in May of 2022.

 

14. Am I eligible to graduate with academic honors?

Students may graduate with academic honors when both their cumulative grade point average (GPA) and Stanislaus grade point average (GPA) meet the following:

Cum Laude, 3.40-3.59

Graduating with Honor
Awarded gold and red cords

Magna Cum Laude, 3.60-3.79

Graduating with Great Honor
Awarded gold and silver cords

Summa Cum Laude, 3.80 and +

Graduating with the Highest Honor
Awarded gold cords

Graduate students graduating with distinction are awarded gold cords.
 

15. How do I register?

Graduates were given until May 12, 2021 to register for Commencement on Marching Order. The link to register on Marching Order closed on May 12, 2021. At this time, no additional graduates can register for Commencement. Only registered graduates will be allowed to attend. No exceptions will be made.

16. How many guests can a graduate invite?

This year, each graduate is allowed to bring two (2) guests. Per the guidance by the California Department of Public Health, these guests are considered to be people of all ages, who reside in the same household as the graduate. Please review question 17 for more information on the guest criteria.

17. Who is considered a guest?

Each graduate is allowed to invite only two (2) guests to their ceremony. Per the California Department of Public Health guidance, a guest :

  • Must be a member who resides in the same household as the graduate.
  • Children of all ages, including infants, are considered guests and will count towards the allowed two guest limit per graduate.
  • Guest(s) must be registered by the graduate in order to attend Commencement.
  • Ceremony capacity includes guests of all ages.

18. Are children and infants considered guests?

Yes. Children of all ages, including infants, are considered as guests and will count towards the two (2) guest limits of the graduate. Child guests must be registered by the graduate in order to attend. Per the guidance by the California Department of Public Health, "All attendees, including school staff, performers, students, and families are counted towards any occupancy limit." Capacity at the ceremonies includes individuals in physical attendance and is not based on the number of available seats. You can review the guidance here.

19. Where do I register my guests?

Graduates had until May 12, 2021 to register their guest(s) on Marching Order. You can still use Marching Order to access your guest tickets.

20. Where are my guest tickets?

Your registered guests will need tickets to be admitted to the ceremonies. These can be found inside your Marching Order profile. We recommend for guests and graduates to print their tickets.

21. Am I required to sit with my guests?

Yes. According to the guidance by the California Department of Public Health, graduates are required to remain seated with their registered guests at all times during the ceremony.

22. Where do I get extra tickets?

Unfortunately, we cannot issue extra tickets. Tickets cannot be duplicated as each ticket is tied to a unique graduate registration on Marching Order. No graduate can exceed the two (2) guest limits. Stanislaus State must adhere to the guidance by the California Department of Public Health, which includes a limitation on capacity.

23. Do graduates have a ticket to enter the ceremony?

Yes. This is referred to as the Graduate Pass or Grad Pass. This ticket will be required at check-in. This ticket will be sent to registered graduates via email beginning on May 13th. We recommend for guests and graduates to print their tickets.

24. Can I give my ticket(s) to someone else?

No. Tickets for Commencement cannot be given away to other graduates. Each ticket is associated with each registered graduate and contains a unique code. This year, graduates can only invite two (2) guests. No graduate can exceed the two (2) guest limit.

25. If I cannot attend my ceremony, can I attend another?

No. At this time, requests to change ceremony dates cannot be made. All form requests were due on May 4, 2021.

26. Where can I purchase my academic regalia?

All academic regalia (graduation apparel) can be purchased online through our vendor, Oakhall.

Special Notice on Regalia Shipping!

Posted: May 12, 2021

We are aware of a delayed communication between the vendor and graduates. The vendor has been contacted and is working around the clock to ensure that graduates can receive their regalia before the ceremonies. A recent increase in demand for graduation regalia has impacted supply.

At this time, you can contact the University Bookstore at (209) 667-3161 for further assistance with your regalia apparel.

 

27. When will I receive my diploma?

Through August, evaluators will continue to clear students for graduation to confirm graduation status. Beginning in September, diplomas will be mailed to the diploma address provided on the application for graduation. Please contact Enrollment Services via email at registrar@csustan.edu for more information.

28. If I cannot attend, will I still receive a diploma cover?

Diploma covers will be mailed to graduates unable to attend. Mailing is tentatively scheduled for July. No purchase or action is necessary. Diploma covers will be distributed to the Class of 2021 graduates at Commencement in May. Diploma covers were previously mailed to the Class of 2020.

29. If I cannot attend, will I still receive a graduation keepsake box?

Yes. Regardless if you attend a ceremony or not, all graduates will have a keepsake box mailed.

Notice:

Keepsake Boxes are on track for delivery and should arrive during the week of May 17, 2021.

Class of 2020 Graduates:
Boxes will be mailed to the home address on file with the university. Home addresses can be updated by visiting your myStanState student portal. Class of 2020 graduates is encouraged to update and verify their address by May 4, if necessary.

Class of 2021 Graduates:
Boxes will be mailed to the home address based on the diploma address listed on their application for graduation.

30. Where is the self-screening form?

The following forms must be completed prior to arriving to campus on the day of your ceremony!

 

Mobile phone and hands.

Student Self-Screening form

All graduates are required to complete this form prior to arriving to campus on the day of their ceremony.

You will be instructed to login to complete this form.

mobile phone and hands.

Guest Self-Screening form

All guests are required to complete this form prior to arriving to campus on the day of their graduates' ceremony.

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