This weekend and early next week, the graduating classes of 2020 and 2021 will have opportunity to gather for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began to celebrate their achievement of completing a degree amidst one of the most challenging periods in Cal State Fullerton history.
A virtual ceremony will be available to view on the university’s Commencement 2021 page on Friday, June 11, beginning at 3 p.m., followed by in-person stage walks by major and grad year from Saturday, June 12, to Tuesday, June 15.
College of Business and Economics 2021 grads will walk at an 8 a.m. or noon ceremony on Sunday, June 13 (depending on concentration and major). 2020 grads have the option of an 8 a.m., noon or 6 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, June 12. Check out the full online schedule!
Due to the continuing pandemic, however, there will be some changes to this year’s ceremonies compared to previous years.
All attendees – graduates and guests – will need to wear a mask and maintain six feet of social distancing.
While you can park anywhere on campus, the check-in will be at the Titan Track each day, so the closest spots are the State College Structure and Lot A. Parking for our grads and guests with physical challenges will be located in Lot D across from the Student Recreation Center.
And to reduce traffic congestion, the university is asking that grads and their guests travel to campus in the same car.
Be sure to download your free grad pass and guest tickets before the ceremony. These can be scanned through your phone. Or print your pass and tickets and bring them that day.
Enter Titan Track through the service road that runs between the track and the stadium.
What to Expect
After registering at check-in, grads and guests will be guided to a covered outdoor seated waiting area. Wait for the tent attendant to let you know when it’s time to line up and go onto the field.
Line up with your two guests, staying apart using socially distanced marked boxes, much as we’ve become familiar with at amusement parks, shopping malls and other gathering places.
Once a grad is ready to walk, their guests will be escorted to a covered viewing area in front of the stage.
Grads will have to scan their grad pass one more time as they begin to walk the stage. Then your name will be called!
Don’t forget photos to remember your big moment forever! At center stage, stop so a photographer can take your pic as you move your tassel!
Upon exiting the stage, you’ll be reunited with your two guests.
And then it’s time for another photo! Continue in a line to a special backdrop, where a photographer will take photos of you and your two guests.
Both photos will be available for purchase. You’ll get an email on your student/alumni email account with a proof.
And then it’s time to celebrate! After leaving campus, take in some of the beautiful June sunshine! Take a hike, go out to eat at your favorite restaurant, go to the beach, go shopping, or celebrate with family and friends!
Check out this video for a full rundown of what to expect and how to be prepared.
Congrats to all of our graduates! You’ve worked hard and stayed focused on your goals during one of the most challenging periods in modern times. Now it’s time to celebrate!!!