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Summer 2021 Commencement

We are pleased to announce that in-person commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Friday, August 6, 2021, in Strahan Arena at the University Events Center on our San Marcos Campus. For a detailed schedule, please visit the Schedule Page.

Visit the FAQ page and Candidate Instructions Page for detailed information about the ceremony including ticketing, arrival, parking, and other important details.

We look forward to celebrating with our candidates and their guests this August!

The Difference Between Participating in Commencement and Graduating

It is important that candidates and families understand the difference between "participating in commencement [walking across the stage]" and "graduating [receiving a diploma]".

Please visit the Candidate Instructions page for details.

Your Name at Commencement

While applying for graduation, you may have noticed that your name needs to be updated in the University database. For example, adding your full middle name instead of just a middle initial.

In order to change your name with the University, you must submit a Personal Information Update Request with the Registrar's Office.

This name change will affect your diploma, the commencement program, your name Reader Card, and all other university documents.

For information regarding the graduation application, visit the Candidate Instructions page.

For diploma information, visit the Candidate Instructions page and the Office of University Registrar's website.