Frequently Asked Questions

How long is commencement? 

  • Ceremonies will be 60-120 minutes. 

Will there be commencement practice?

  • There are no commencement practices as we are unable to organize and accommodate all our students in a practice session. However, we are confident that the graduation ceremony will be a memorable and successful event for everyone.

Can we bring food or drinks? 

  • No alcohol, coolers or glass bottles are allowed. 
  • Limited food options are sold at the ceremonies for guests. 
  • For those that have children or family members with medical issues, please bring provisions (if necessary). 

Are strollers allowed at the ceremony? 

  • Yes. Please be aware the surfaces may not be flat and there are some stairs.

How many tickets do we receive?

  • Each graduate will receive 6-12 tickets. Please see our Tickets Page for more information. 

Where can I get special stoles?

  • Stoles are available to order through the CSUEB Bookstore.

Do I need a parking permit? 

  • Special Parking Permits WILL BE REQUIRED. Normal parking permits will not work. 
  • Each graduate will receive 3 parking permits for commencement. Parking permits will be available at GradFest and then from Parking & Alternative Transportation Services. Last Day to pick up Permits is Friday, May 3rd.
  • For more questions about parking click the highlighted link. 

Are there special accommodations? 

  • Graduates and guests with mobility, hearing, or other disabilities that require special accommodations should submit the Commencement Accommodations for Students and Guests with Disabilities form or contact Accessibility Services at 510-885-3868, or by email at to make an accommodation request. Click Here to Learn More

Are noisemakers allowed?

  • As we value the comfort and safety of our guests, we kindly request that bullhorn noisemakers and similar items, not be used on our premises.

What am I not allowed to bring? 

  • Prohibited items include: alcohol, smoking/vaping, pets, coolers, glass bottles, BALLOONS, weapons.