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Message to the CSUSB Community

9/22/2020 - Commencement 2020 Update 

To CSUSB Students:

The recent announcement by Chancellor White informing all CSU-member institutions that instruction for Spring 2021 will be conducted virtually created the need to make a timely determination regarding the Fall 2020 Commencement here at Cal State San Bernardino.

In consultation with campus stakeholder groups, it has been decided the Fall 2020 Commencement ceremonies will be conducted using a virtual format. Graduates who participate in the virtual ceremony will also be invited to participate in-person when we return to that format. As a University, our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our students and their families as well as our faculty and staff. With the first month of the fall semester already complete, it was necessary to finalize plans in order to allow enough lead time for registration, scheduling and production of these important traditional ceremonies.

Four ceremonies will take place on Saturday, December 12. Students from both the San Bernardino and Palm Desert campuses who qualified for graduation in Winter 2020, Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 as well as those eligible for Fall 2020 will be invited to participate.

Students can anticipate receiving an email from the Commencement Office with complete details and instructions for the December event.

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4/21/2020 – CSUSB Spring Commencement Announcement

After careful consideration and extensive discussion, the University’s 2020 Spring Commencement ceremonies involving both the San Bernardino and Palm Desert campuses have been postponed due to restrictions involving the continuing COVID-19 outbreak.

Our top priority remains the health and safety of our students and their families as well as our faculty and staff. We will continue to review all information and mandates received from the CSU, state and local officials. Once we are confident these important ceremonies can be held in a healthy, protective environment meeting all existing protocols, we will select and announce the rescheduled dates and times.

If you are currently registered for the Spring 2020 ceremonies you do not need to do anything at this time.  Once we have more information we will let you know what the next steps will be.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

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Spring Commencement FAQs

Q: Do I need to register for the 2020 Commencement?

A: Registration for the Class of 2020 Virtual Commencement ceremony will open on September 28, 2020. Please keep a look out for emails from the commencement office with further details.


Q: If I've already registered for the Spring 2020, do I need to cancel my registration?

A: No, however, once the new information is available you will receive an email with the new registration details, and you will need to re-register.


Q: With commencement postponed, am I still able to purchase regalia?

A: Yes, you can visit the following websites:


Q: Will refunds be given?

No, the University has announced the decision to postpone its 2020 Spring Commencement ceremonies. The intent is to reschedule to a future date and hold ceremonies open to all students who were eligible to participate in the Spring. The fee will continue to fund the rescheduled ceremony as well as the cost of services/items listed below.

The Graduation Fee includes the following:

  • Grad Check Evaluation
  • Diploma (mailed to you within 6-8 weeks)
  • Participation in the commencement ceremony
  • Diploma Cover
  • Printed commemorative program. 

Should a student be unable to take part in the ceremony, they can request the diploma cover and printed program be mailed to them once available.


Q:  When will I receive my Honors Cord?

Due to the Spring 2020 Commencement ceremony being postponed, cords will not be distributed for students who petitioned to graduate for Spring 2020 until after Spring 2020 grades have been finalized and degrees have been conferred.  For students who petitioned to graduate for Summer 2020, cords will not be distributed until after Summer 2020 grades have been finalized and degrees have been conferred. Spring 2020 recipients will be notified via email from the Office of the Registrar by July 6, and by August 17 for summer recipients. If you’ve already received an email and will be eligible for a higher honors level after your final Spring or Summer 2020 grades, you will be notified of the adjustment and will receive the appropriate cord.

Commencement Schedule

Saturday, December 12, 2020 (Virtual) 


8:00 am Social & Behavioral Sciences

10:00 am Arts & Letters and Education 

12:00 pm Business & Public Administration

2:00 pm Natural Sciences


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