Important Dates for CSUN Commencement 2019

Commencement at California State University, Northridge is right around the corner. Here is what you need to know:

Eligible CSUN students who wish to participate in Spring 2019 commencement ceremonies must apply to graduate no later than March 1.

For graduating seniors, CSUN GradFest 2019 will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 13 and 14, at the CSUN Campus Store Complex. The event gives students the opportunity to make their final preparations for graduation, including renting caps and gowns, information on ceremony schedules, reserving guest tickets, purchasing souvenirs and taking graduation portraits.

At GradFest, students also will have the opportunity to donate to the Senior Class Gift, an annual tradition and opportunity to leave a legacy on campus. The suggested Senior Class Gift donation amount is $20.19, but students may give any amount. Donations will support the CSUN Food Pantry, MataCare Fund and CSUN Alumni Relations services. Students who donate at least $19 will receive a CSUN Class of ’19 T-shirt. 

Students also can purchase Alumni Value Packs, which provide savings on regalia, frames and a one-year membership to the CSUN Alumni Association.

All Commencement ceremonies and the Honors Convocation will take place on the lawn in front of the Delmar T. Oviatt Library. Locations for certain special graduation events (Aztlán, Rainbow, Veterans) vary.

Here are some important dates to note:

March 1: Last day to apply for spring or summer 2019 graduation, in order to participate in the 2019 commencement ceremonies and have your name published in the program. 

March 13-14: GradFest at the CSUN Campus Store Complex

March 18 – 24: Spring Break – No instruction 

April 12: Deadline to download and print Commencement tickets.

May 7-10: Caps and gowns available to pick up at CSUN Campus Store

May 9: International and Exchange Student Graduation Receptions – 5 p.m., Orange Grove Bistro

May 11-17: Final exams 

May 11: Honors Convocation – 6 p.m.

May 12: Black Graduation Ceremony – 4 p.m., Oviatt Lawn

May 16: Veterans Graduation Reception – 5:30 p.m., USU Northridge Center  

May 17: College of Engineering and Computer Science, College of Science and Mathematics Commencement – 6 p.m.

May 17: Rainbow Graduation (LGBTQ) – 1 p.m., USU Northridge Center

May 18: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences I Commencement – 8 a.m. 

May 18: Michael D. Eisner College of Education, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences II Commencement – 6 p.m.

May 19: David Nazarian College of Business and Economics Commencement – 8 a.m. 

May 19: Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication Commencement – 6 p.m.

May 20: College of Humanities, College of Health and Human Development I Commencement – 8 a.m.

May 20: College of Health and Human Development II Commencement – 6 p.m.

Aztlán Graduation – Date TBD

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