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CSUSM Commencement Ceremonies: May 20-21

Media Advisory by Whitney Frasier

More than 3,000 students will graduate from California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) later this month, making the Class of 2016 the largest graduating class in CSUSM history. The University’s 25th annual commencement ceremonies are scheduled to take place on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21.

Notably, 55 percent of the graduating students are the first in their families to earn a four-year college degree and 35 percent of the graduates identify as underrepresented minorities.

CSUSM will also award an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree to North County resident Greg Evans. Evans, a nationally syndicated and award-winning cartoonist and creator of the comic strip Luann will receive the honorary degree on Saturday, May 21 at 1 p.m.

More than 25,000 total guests are expected to attend the five ceremonies held on Mangrum Track and Field at CSUSM. Each ceremony will last approximately two hours.

Social media users can follow CSUSM Commencement posts by students, faculty and staff by searching for #csusm16. All five commencement ceremonies will be broadcasted live over the internet on the day of the event at

What: CSUSM hosts its 25th annual commencement on campus

When: Friday, May 20, 2016

9 a.m. – College of Business Administration

1 p.m. – College of Science and Mathematics

4:30 p.m. – College of Education, Health and Human Services

Saturday, May 21, 2016

9 a.m. – College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences

1 p.m. – College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences

Where: Mangrum Track and Field, California State University San Marcos

333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos

Who: Approximately 3,160 candidates are expected to participate in the ceremonies

(3,012 undergraduate and graduate students, as well as teacher credential candidates are eligible).

Traffic: Traffic congestion and backups can be anticipated in the area and surrounding streets, especially along South Twin Oaks Valley Road, the 78 Freeway, Barham Drive and Craven Road. University Police and the Sheriff’s Department will be directing and controlling traffic flow along South Twin Oaks. Motorists should expect traffic delays; graduates, families and friends are advised to plan accordingly to arrive on time. Broadcast Media: Any mention that can be made regarding expected traffic delays during broadcasts on May 20 and 21 would be greatly appreciated.

Media: Contact: Whitney Frasier, 760-566-4312

Contact: Cathy Baur, 760-443-9354

Contact: Margaret Chantung, 760-525-0910 (Friday ceremonies only)

For easy access to the ceremony site, media are asked to park in Lot Z, which is located at South Twin Oaks Valley Road and Campus Marketplace.

For more information on CSUSM’s Commencement Ceremonies, visit

About California State University San Marcos

Building on an innovative 25-year history, California State University San Marcos is a forward-focused institution, dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great communities and solving critical issues. Located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the City of San Marcos, it is the only public four-year comprehensive university serving North San Diego, Southwest Riverside and South Orange Counties.

The University enrolls over 14,000 students. With approximately 2,000 employees, the institution is a Great College to Work For® (The Chronicle of Higher Education). As a recipient of the annual HEED Award since 2014—a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—CSUSM is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment.