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Congratulations to the MD and MBS classes of 2024!

Monday, May 20, 2024 (Pacific Time)

The MD and MBS ceremonies will be Monday, May 20, 2024, at the Riverside Convention Center.

 

Ceremony Information

Date:

Monday, May 20, 2024

 

Ceremony Recording and Pictures  

MD Livestream (coming soon)

MD Photos

 

MBS Livestream (coming soon)

MBS Photos

 

Location:

Riverside Convention Center

3637 5th St, Riverside, CA 92501

 

Time:

Schedule

8:30 a.m. MD graduate student arrival/gather in student area

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Students line-up

10:00 a.m. MD Class of 2024 Commencement Ceremony

Staff ushers will organize the line-up. The Graduate Speaker/Singer will line up first; then, all other graduates will line up alphabetically.

11:30 - 1:00 p.m. Reception for MD and MBS students

1:15 p.m. MBS students arrival/gather in student area

2:00 p.m. MBS Class of 2024 Commencement Ceremony

 

Grad Fest Departmental & Information Stations

Station 1: Distribution of Academic Regalia

– Janae, Jasmine, Patricia

Station 2: Registrar Office: Graduation Application, Transcript Processing Questions

– Collect Index Cards Don/Charmika

Station 2: Exit Counseling/Financial Aid Questions

– Anna, Christopher, Ping

Station 3: Pick up Tickets & Family Hooding Labels

– Cynthia, Sheila

Station 4: Alumni Relations

– Belinda, Nastassia

 

Information for Graduates  

Students will pick up their regalia during the week prior to the ceremonies. More information will be distributed to students via e-mail closer to the ceremony date.

Regalia must be returned at the end of the ceremony. 

  1. Tam/Cap: Wear the team horizontally so that it is parallel to the ground and sits about an inch above the ears. Place the tassel on the left side of the tam (flipping the tassel is only for undergraduate degrees). 
  2. Gown: All graduation candidates must wear the exact academic regalia for their degree (gown, hood, and tam). The gown must be worn closed (zipped). 
  3. Academic Hood: Preparation and position for carrying during the procession. The significance of wearing the hood is very much valued. It symbolizes pride and academic success, so graduates should wear them properly. How to carry the hood during procession – placed on the left arm. Step 1: Hold the hood in both hands with the velvet edge at the front. (see photo) Step 2: Fold the hood once in half. Step 3: Drape the folded hood over the left arm, narrow (neck) end in front, velvet edging to the front with the string on the outskirt. num-3.png
  4. Student Recognition and Hooding: As you rise for the hooding, please drape the hood over your left arm and have your name card in your right hand. A staff member will be located just off the line-up area to provide direction and ensure you carry your hood correctly. At this time, your family hooder should proceed to the line-up area and join you. (please give instructions before the ceremony)  
  5. The Hooding: A photographer will be taking photos of the hooding. Please wait your turn, and when prompted, hold out your left arm towards the family member/faculty who will "hood" you. They will take your hood. You will turn around to face the audience. Take a photo with your family member/faculty. Then, proceed to the stage in order. Instructions for the hooder: The hood will be placed over the Graduate's head to lie against the front of their neck and drape over the back of their shoulders. The velvet side, signifying the degree type, should be most visible on the outside, with the satin side, signifying the school colors, should be less visible on the inside of the hood. We recommend that family hooders search out videos on YouTube to familiarize themselves with the proper technique.num-5.png
  6. Proceed to the stage: Each candidate will present the name card to the reader, who will introduce the candidate. The Graduate will proceed across the stage for recognition from the Dean and Board President. Graduates will continue to process to receive their diploma cover from the Executive Vice Dean. Then, exit stage for a final photo in full regalia and diploma cover. (An Usher will guide you)
  7. Proceed back to your seat and take your seat. 
  8. Procession and Group Photo – please follow the faculty to the group photo area after the procession. Further details will be provided during the preparation time before the ceremony.
  9. Dress/Attire: Due to the formality of this occasion and safety concerns regarding walking on the steps and stage, please wear appropriate footwear; flip-flops, clogs, loose-fitting shoes, and high heels are not recommended. Flowers and corsages should not be carried or worn in the academic procession. 
  10. Venue Details/PPT Layout (parking, student entrance, service elevator, and reporting location. a. Parking – Lot 33 b. Cost: $15 per vehicle c. Student Prep Area -The Graduate Student Prep Room is the staging area for graduates. Location - from the main entrance, proceed down the escalator. Please do not bring family or guests to the staging area. Signage will indicate the proper location.
  11. Seating Layout: (PPT) 

Students will be seated in the MIDDLE section of the seating area. Staff ushers will direct you as you process into the venue.

Students are requested to bring no more than eight (8) guests to the ceremonies.

 

Information for Guests

From Los Angeles

60 East (Riverside) – Exit right on Main Street Main Street runs directly into Convention Center Parking (at 3rd Street) (OR) 10 East to 15 South (San Diego) 60 East (Riverside) – Exit right on Main Street Main Street runs directly into Convention Center Parking (at 3rd Street)

 

From Ontario/Pasadena (or Los Angeles)

10 East (Riverside) to 15 South (San Diego)

60 East (Riverside) – Exit right on Main Street Main Street runs directly into Convention Center Parking (at 3rd Street)

 

From Orange County/Beach Cities

91 East (Riverside) – Exit University Ave. Go thru first signal (University Ave.) Turn left at second signal (Mission Inn Ave.) Turn right on Orange Street Turn left on 3rd Street Turn left on Main – Enter Convention Center Parking

 

From San Bernardino

215 to the 60 West (Riverside) 60 West (Riverside) – Exit left on Main Street Main Street runs directly into Convention Center Parking (at 3rd Street)

 

From San Diego/Temecula

15 North to 91 East (Riverside) Exit University Ave/Downtown Go thru first signal (University Ave.) Turn left at second signal (Mission Inn Ave.) Turn right on Orange Street Turn left on 3rd Street Turn left on Main – Enter Convention Center Parking

 

From Palm Springs

10 West to 60 West 60 West (Riverside) – Exit left on Main Street Main Street runs directly into Convention Center Parking (at 3rd Street)

Convention Center Parking Entrance: LOT 33

3698 3rd Street, Riverside, CA 92501

Parking cost: $15.00

Marriott Riverside at the Convention Center

3400 Market St., Riverside, CA, 92501

(951) 784-8000 *Please mention to Reservation Agent that you are with CUSM. Limited room block is available.

 

Hyatt Place Riverside Downtown

3500 Market St., Riverside, CA 92501

(951) 321-3500

 

Hampton Inn Riverside Downtown

3505 Market St., Riverside, CA 92501

(951) 788-5000

 

Mission Inn and Spa

3649 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA 92501

(951) 784-0300

 

Attendee Information

Mobile Devices

Please leave your purse, cell phone, and personal belongings with your family/friends. The preparation room will not be locked/occupied during the ceremony.

 

Celebratory items & Attendee details

Balloons, signage, banners, or noisemakers are not permitted.

Attendees can't set up tripods, linger in aisles, or stage areas for photos.

Two professional photographers and one videographer will be present at the event.

 

Photos & Video

Professionals will photograph and record the Commencement. By attending the ceremonies, you agree and grant irrevocable permission to have your likeness, image, voice, and appearance photographed and recorded for any University business-related purpose. CUSM owns the photos, videos, and all rights related to them, and we are not required to notify you of the use and distribution of those photos or video media content. Some ways we may use the content we capture during the event include but are not limited to university-sponsored websites, publications, promotions, broadcasts, advertisements, slides, and posters, as well as for non-university uses. For any content that CUSM may use, You waive any right to inspect or approve the finished images or any printed or electronic matter.