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Graduating students can refer to the commencement page on CSUF's website for further updates. (Daily Titan)

Cal State Fullerton students can expect the spring 2022 commencement ceremonies to be held in person from May 23 through May 26. As the university continues to follow the COVID-19 regulations from the state and county health departments, any restrictive policies will be regulated and enforced in congruence with the ceremonies.

The upcoming commencement will be held on the Intramural Field and in Titan Stadium beginning at 5 p.m. while running concurrent ceremonies in both locations on May 23. Over the following three days, May 24-26, ceremonies will resume concurrently at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

During the ceremony students will walk across their designated stage as their names are announced. Both graduation venues will create similar experiences for students during the ceremonies.

In June of this year, 2020 and 2021 spring graduates were able to have a combined graduation in person with limited restrictions.

Nidia Nunez, a public relations major, said as many sporting events have opened up, she expects to see another in-person graduation without restrictions.

The previous combined commencement included 10,000 graduates dispersed among 14 ceremonies at CSUF’s Intramural Field over a five-day period. Each ceremony was designated by the various college departments with a specified arrival time and date.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions included social distancing and a limit of two guests per graduate. To accommodate additional guests who could not attend, the event was live-streamed via YouTube.

During the 2021 ceremony, students scanned their grad pass and walked across the stage before stopping for a photo op near the audience. After the stage walk was complete, a photo station was set up for students and their guests.

“I’d understand if they required a 24-hour negative COVID-19 test, but it would be so depressing to put a limit of two guests,” Nunez said. “I never thought attending a university would be in my future. Yet here I am, about to graduate and I'd be so sad to tell those that have played a huge role in me getting here, that they can’t share this joyous experience with me.”

The event team who planned the 2020 and 2021 commencement developed more than 17 scenarios and received feedback from graduating students, faculty and staff to reach their current commencement model.

While the model was developed before the pandemic, students' voices and concerns can be relayed through an ASI representative who will serve on the commencement planning team for next year.

Graduating students can refer to the commencement page on CSUF’s website for further updated news when the information is available, Dani Bomgaars, the associate director of university events, said in an email.

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