Applying to Graduate

As a bachelor's degree candidate, you must file a Bachelor's Degree Application for Graduation during the filing period for the term in which you will complete all final required coursework for your degree.

A graduation application/diploma fee is due at the time that you submit your application. Late applications submitted after the final application deadline will be reviewed at the end of the graduation term during final degree check processing.

The application process should begin with a meeting with your faculty or undergraduate academic advisor to review your online degree audit information. If you are completing alternate approved courses (substitutions) to clear major/minor requirements, online substitution authorizations should be submitted by the appropriate faculty advisor. Applications are reviewed by a graduation counselor in date received order and students will be notified by campus e-mail when the evaluation is complete and their online academic requirements report has been updated. Again, students who file graduation applications after the posted application deadline will have their records reviewed at the end of the graduation term. Late applicants will not receive a preliminary graduation evaluation.

If you are a master's degree candidate, the Master's Degree Application for Graduation form is required with the same deadlines and fees. Graduate students must have their *Advancement to Candidacy* forms on file in the Office of the Registrar prior to the term in which they will apply to graduate.

An explanation of the official graduation application process, filing deadlines/fees and links to required forms can be found on the Classes and Planning webpage under the heading: Apply to Graduate.

Graduation Application Filing Period

General filing date guidelines:

Applying to Graduate in Spring or Summer Terms

Application filing period ends on November 1st of the previous year.

Applying to Graduate in the Fall Term

Application filing period ends on April 1st of the same year.

See the Deadline and Fees webpage for specific filing dates and fee information for the current academic year. CSUMB confers degrees in Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.

document deadlines

All required documentation, such as transcripts or grade changes must be submitted by the document deadlines.

  • For the Fall graduation term the deadline is the last business day of February.
  • For the Spring graduation term the deadline is the last business day of July.
  • For the Summer graduation term the deadline is the last business day of August.


CSUMB issues diplomas following the final degree check processing period for each official graduation term. Your diploma will be mailed to the permanent address listed in CMS Student/HR approximately four months after the graduation term to which you applied, once all degree requirements have been met and verified. If you would like to pick up your diploma, contact before the end of your graduation term.

Commencement Ceremony

CSUMB holds its annual commencement ceremony each year during the month of May. Participation in this celebration of educational achievement is voluntary and CSUMB diplomas are NOT distributed during this event. Graduation applicants who are candidates for baccalaureate or graduate degrees during the fall, spring, or summer term of the same academic year are eligible to participate. For details regarding the commencement ceremony, visit Commencement website.