Commencement is Saturday, May 17, 2014!



Events Schedule


Wednesday, May 14

Capstone Festival
Noon to 7 p.m.
Various locations

Commencement rehearsal for students
1 p.m.
Freeman Stadium

A rehearsal for all candidates will begin at 1 p.m. and is expected to take approximately one hour. Please gather at the gates to Freeman Stadium.


Thursday, May 15

Capstone Festival
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Various locations


Friday, May 16

Capstone Festival
8 a.m. to noon
Various locations

Honors Convocation
12:30 to 2 p.m.
Freeman Stadium

Parents Reception
2 to 4 p.m.
University Center

Celebrate your graduate's big achievement with the Alumni Association and University Development! This free event will be a wonderful opportunity for parents, family, and graduates to mingle with President Ochoa and the deans and enjoy delicious appetizers.

Hooding Ceremony
5 to 6 p.m.
World Theater

Asian Pacific Islander Graduation Celebration
5 to 7 p.m.
UC Conference Rooms

African American Graduation Celebration
7 to 9 p.m.
University Center Ballroom


Saturday, May 17

Commencement ceremony
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Freeman Stadium

Chicana/o Latina/o Graduate Celebration (CLGA)
6 p.m.
University Center Ballroom



Ticket Details

CSU Monterey Bay is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable commencement ceremony. This event provides an opportunity for family members to honor fall and spring graduates as they receive their degrees in a single ceremony.

Have a question? Check our FAQs.

As the university’s graduating classes have grown since CSU Monterey Bay’s founding, crowds in Freeman Stadium have also grown. Obviously, the stadium’s safe capacity must not be exceeded.

A free commencement ticketing plan is in place, with several key goals in mind:

  • A maximum of five tickets* will be made available to all participating students.
  • By order of the State Fire Marshal and for safety purposes, all attendees age 2 or older are required to have a ticket to attend commencement. 
  • The process will be fair and equitable while still maintaining the safety of this event and enabling maximum attendance for family members.

Any student who has tickets he or she does not need may share them with another participating student using the Commencement Facebook page or the Commencement Ticketing group in MyCSUMB. Students can also return unneeded tickets to the Campus Service Center. The sale of commencement tickets is expressly prohibited by the Student Conduct Code. 

If you or your guests require special accommodations for disabilities, please fill out the ADA Request Form.

Offsite Viewing

Alternate viewing areas will be available at the University Center. This venue offers indoor viewing on the big screen. No tickets are required at offsite viewing locations. The ceremony also will be broadcast on campus cable channel 72 and via live streaming video on the Internet. 



Students and employees are still needed to volunteer/work at commencement. Please register using the sign-up form


Social Media

"Like" the Cal State Monterey Bay Commencement page on Facebook. Use the hashtag #MBgrad14 on social media to be featured on the official commencement Tagboard.


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