CSUSM Faculty


We are saddened to share that the 2020 Cal State San Marcos commencement ceremony scheduled for May 15-16 will be postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.   

 This very difficult decision was made with the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and guests at the forefront, and in consultation with public health experts and leadership from our 23-campus California State University system. 

 We know how important Commencement is and we are committed to moving this important milestone to a date later this year when it is appropriate and safe to do so. It’s not a question of whether, but when. In addition, we are committed to consulting with ASI student leaders as we move forward with any plans.

 We will share more information as soon as we can. We ask for your patience and understanding as we continue to find solutions during these unprecedented times. 

 Updates regarding Commencement will be posted on this website along with our Instagram page (@csusmcougarcentral). Current graduates will also be informed via their Cougars Email Account once a Commencement date has been determined.

You may read the official announcement on the University response status and resources website: www.csusm.edu/incident

Once a new date for the 2020 Commencement is announced, sign-ups will be available for the following:

  • Faculty Marshals
  • Faculty Readers
  • Hooding Faculty
  • Processional Faculty

You will need to sign-up for each ceremony/position you are participating in.

Faculty Marshal Training Sessions

Faculty Marshal Lead: David Barsky

Faculty Marshals will be required to attend one of the Marshal Training Sessions: Dates/Times TBD

Marshal Training Sessions will be held in the Cougar Central Welcome Center located in Craven Hall on the 3rd Floor.

Faculty Reader Training Sessions

Faculty Reader Lead: Regina Eisenbach

Faculty Readers will be required to attend one of the sessions due to new aditions and changes for the 2020 Commencement ceremonies. Dates/Times TBD

Faculty Reader Sessions will be held in the Cougar Central Welcome Center located in Craven Hall on the 3rd Floor.

Faculty Participating in Hooding and or Processional 

No formal training. A powerpoint regarding information for the day of as well as important safety information will be posted on this website as well as the Commencement site prior to Commencement. Please review this information prior to the Commencement ceremonies.

Faculty Regalia

All Faculty participating in Commencement will be responsible for providing their own regalia to wear during the Commencement ceremonies.

Deadline to Purchase Your Regalia will be determined once a new Commencement date is announced.

You may purchase regalia by contacting Sandra Noel at [email protected]

Rent Your Regalia

You may rent academic regalia (cap, gown, hood, tassel) from the University Store. To make your rental arrangements, please contact the University Store (x4730).

Faculty Check-In

All Faculty participating in the Commencement ceremonies must check in and out at the Clarke Field House one hour prior to the ceremony start time. 


For more information about Commencement, please visit the Commencement Website.


We thank you for participating at the 2020 Commencement Ceremonies!

Location: Mangrum Track

Created by:   CSUSM Commencement Office
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