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New Ways to Celebrate Commencement Announced by Cal State Fullerton

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For the latest developments in commencement activities, visit the commencement website.

Based on guidance from the Office of the Governor, in collaboration with the California Department of Public Health, Cal State Fullerton announced it will be able to hold a limited, in-person, graduate-only commencement ceremony in addition to virtual ceremonies.

Commencement ceremonies will include:

  • Virtual All-University Commencement – On Friday, June 11, all graduating students will be invited to join an all-university virtual ceremony that will include speeches from campus leadership and the conferring of degrees. The exact time will be announced soon.
  • Virtual College Ceremonies – Also on Friday, June 11, and following the all-university commencement, each of the university’s eight colleges will have a virtual celebration with a program specific to that college.
  • In-Person Graduate-Only Stage Walk (pending local health guidelines and conditions) – Since crossing the stage is an important aspect of commencement, graduates may participate in an in-person, graduate-only walk across the commencement stage. To better ensure the safety and health of all, family members or other guests will not be allowed to accompany graduates during this ceremony. However, the stage walk will be live-streamed and recorded for guests to safely view at home. These stage walks will be organized by college, beginning Saturday, June 12, and will continue until completed.

“We are excited that we can offer these commencement elements and look forward to celebrating our students’ accomplishments,” said Greg Saks, vice president for university advancement. 

Details on the specific dates and times for the stage walks and how graduates can register will be released in April. The commencement team will take part in the virtual GradFest, April 12 to 15, to answer questions from graduates.

“Thank you again for your patience as we navigate this unfamiliar situation and determine the safest way to celebrate our students’ academic accomplishments,” said Carolyn Thomas, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “As we have experienced during the past year, the pandemic is still a very fluid situation, and all plans are subject to change based on restrictions and guidance from the state of California.”

Valerie Orleans