All Graduates to be Honored in Virtual Ceremonies for CSUN Classes of 2019-20 and 2020-21

A female student holds a diploma and wears a graduation cap and gown in front of a virtual CSUN library background.

2020 virtual graduation portrait by student assistants in the CSUN Library’s Creative Media Studio.


CSUN officials are planning a memorable virtual experience for commencement celebrations for the classes of both 2019-20 and 2020-21. These ceremonies will take place in May 2021.

CSUN Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students William Watkins confirmed the university’s plans in a message emailed to students eligible to participate from the classes of 2019-20 and 2020-21.

“It is my great privilege to extend a heartfelt congratulations to you upon achieving this important milestone,” Watkins wrote. “You have or will be completing your degree during truly extraordinary times. I commend you for your resilience and celebrate your Matador spirit during even these challenging times.”

The university explored numerous options and determined that virtual ceremonies would be the safest option for commencement this spring.

The virtual commencement events will include a main, all-university ceremony to recognize distinguished graduates and confer all degrees, as well as individual college ceremonies where the name of every participating graduate will be read aloud while their individually customized photo tile is displayed on screen.

CSUN has information on its website related to this year’s commencement activities, including:

Commencement Dates

The commencement ceremony dates are:

May 15: All-University Commencement Ceremony – 5 p.m.

May 21: Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication Commencement – 5 p.m.

May 22: David Nazarian College of Business and Economics Commencement – 9 a.m.

May 22: Michael D. Eisner College of Education Commencement – 1 p.m.

May 22: College of Engineering and Computer Science Commencement – 4 p.m.

May 23: College of Health and Human Development Commencement  – 9 a.m.

May 23: College of Humanities Commencement  – 1 p.m.

May 24: College of Science of Mathematics Commencement  – 9 a.m.

May 24: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Commencement  – 1 p.m.

For more details on CSUN commencement and the surrounding events, please visit https://www.csun.edu/commencement/ceremonies-receptions.

Important Dates to Prepare for Commencement

Additionally, here is some important information that students participating in the spring commencement need to know:

March 5: Last day to apply for graduation in order to participate in the 2021 Commencement Ceremony and have your name published in the program.

March 10-11: Virtual GradFest 2021. Graduating students should be sure to attend Virtual GradFest 2021, for all your graduation needs. Students can order their caps and gowns, announcements, customized sashes, class rings, and more! Graduates will also have the opportunity to learn about the cultural celebrations and grad school opportunities. Book a time slot to join one of the Microsoft Teams meetings at calendly.com/csun-2021. Sessions are offered at multiple dates and times but may book up, so schedule early.

March 15-21: Spring Break – no instruction.

April 5: This is the first day to create your personalized graduate photo tile, which will be used during your college ceremony as your name is announced. Each student will receive information on how to build your tile. 

May 7: Deadline to create and finalize your tile.

May 15-21: Final exams. Confirm time, date and location with your professors before the last class meeting. 

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