Commencement 2018

April 12, 2018
David Wallace, Ph.D. Dean, College of Liberal Arts

David Wallace, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Liberal Arts


  • Asian & Asian American Studies
  • American Indian Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Communication Studies
  • Economics
  • Global Logistics
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Dear Graduate:
The faculty and I are delighted that you are planning to complete the requirements for a degree with a major in the Liberal Arts. We invite you to participate in the College of Liberal Arts Commencement Ceremony, to be held Wednesday, May 23, 2018 on the Center Athletic Field on lower campus. If you have applied to graduate through MYCSULB for December 2017, January 2018, May 2018, August 2018, or December 2018, you will be invited to the May 2018 ceremonies. There is no additional registration required. Ceremonies will take place at 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Please check the Guide to Commencement 2018 (included with this letter) for the ceremony appropriate to your discipline.

Due to the large number of graduates, each graduate from the larger colleges, which includes Liberal Arts, will receive 8 complimentary guest tickets. Tickets will be distributed at cap and gown distribution at the Bookstore from May 7 to May 9. No tickets will be required for the live streaming to be held on campus in the Walter Pyramid and extra guests are encouraged to attend there. We suggest that guests arrive at least one hour prior to the ceremony. Dress should be appropriate for sitting outdoors for two hours. If you have family members and friends who cannot attend our graduation, they may wish to view the ceremony “live” on their home computers at Information about viewing and computer requirements can be accessed via the website.

The College of Liberal Arts is also pleased to welcome you into the CSULB Alumni Association. The Association offers information, programs, and services that can help you now and in the future. During commencement, CSULB alumni volunteers will welcome you and your families to campus and provide other graduation services.

Commencement 2018 information is posted at If my office can be of any assistance or answer any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely yours,

David Wallace, Ph.D.


  • Africana Studies
  • Chicano and Latino Studies
  • Comparative World Literature & Classics
  • English
  • Environmental Science & Policy
  • Geography
  • Human Development
  • Journalism & Public Relations
  • Liberal Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Romance, German, Russian Languages & Literatures


One complimentary program will be distributed to each graduate candidate at the Commencement ceremony. Programs will be available to guests at the commencement site free of charge while supplies last. If you have filed to graduate (before the published deadlines) for December 2017, January 2018, May 2018, August 2018 or December 2018, you are invited to the May 2018 ceremonies and your name will be listed in the program.


Commencement will be held in the Center Athletic Field on lower campus. Folding chairs and grandstand seating will be available for graduates and guests.


Tickets are required for entry and reentry and will be available from the Bookstore May 7-until day of. Guest seating is very limited and is available on a first-come, first-seated basis. It is recommended that you invite no more than 8 guests. The ceremony will be broadcast live indoors, adjacent to the ceremony site in the Walter Pyramid. Streaming video is also available over the internet at


The following general parking lots on lower campus will be open to the public for free parking during the ceremony: Gl, G2, G3, G5, G6, G7, GS, G9, GIO, GI I and Gl3. And in parking structures: Pyramid, Palo Verde South, Palo Verde North. Large crowds are expected; please allow at least I hour to park and walk to the ceremony site. Guests with special needs please contact the Office of Parking and Transportation Services for assistance and parking directions to special parking lots and drop off locations (562) 985-4146.


Academic regalia can be rented through the University Bookstore beginning March 13, 2018. Pick up takes place beginning May 7, 2018. Baccalaureate gowns and caps are $49.00; Masters’ regalia are $59.00. We recommend footwear with low heels as you will be walking on uneven surfaces (grass and stairs).


Graduates must arrive at the assembly area 60 minutes prior to the start of your ceremony. Please assemble near the entrance to the track near the CBA building. In addition, there will be signage to direct you to this area. You will fill out a card with your name, degree, address, and email address. This information will be used on stage to announce your name and by the photographer to send your photos. MASTER’S CANDIDATES: Hooding will not take place during the ceremony. You will be hooded while assembled in line. Please assemble near entrance to center field where it is designated with balloons. BACCALAUREATE CANDIDATES: Please line up by major in random order.


Personalized announcements and invitations may be ordered online at It is best to place your order 6 weeks prior to commencement, but be sure to allow no less than 3 weeks for delivery.


Diplomas are not distributed at Commencement. After verification has been made that all degree requirements have been completed, the Office of Enrollment Services (562) 985-5471 will send an email when your diploma is available (approximately 4-8 weeks after your degree has been granted).


Students with special needs. please notify commencement coordinator at (562) 985-5384. Hearing impaired families who need interpreters, please notify us two weeks in advance for special seating by emailing or call (562) 985-5384.


Review the Commencement 2018 web page at If you have further questions concerning the College of Liberal Arts Commencement Ceremonies, please email CLA-­ or call (562) 985-5384.