It's graduation season and Long Beach State graduates — an estimated 11,000 of them — are taking center stage next week, with the first graduation scheduled for Tuesday.
This year, all ceremonies are happening outdoors on the track and field on lower campus. Folding chairs and grandstand seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Some ceremonies do require that guests have tickets, including Liberal Arts, Health and Human Services, Business and Engineering.
A limited amount of tickets are available for pickup at the University Bookstore in the grad distribution area. Allotted quantities are: Up to eight tickets for the College of Engineering and five tickets per graduate for College of Health and Human Services, Liberal Arts and Business.
Additionally, the ceremonies will be broadcast for free (no ticket is needed) in the Walter Pyramid.
Tuesday, May 21
9 a.m., College of Engineering, Ticket required
1 p.m., College of Natural Science and Mathematics
5 p.m., College of Education
Wednesday, May 22
9 a.m., College of Liberal Arts, Ceremony I, Ticket required
American Indian Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Asian & Asian American Studies, Communication Studies, Economics, Global Logistics, History, International Studies, Jewish Studies, Linguistics, Political Science, Sociology, Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies
2 p.m., College of Liberal Arts, Ceremony II, Ticket required
Africana Studies, Chicano & Latino Studies, Classics, Comparative World Literature, English, Environmental Science & Policy, Geography, Human Development, Journalism & Public Relations, Liberal Arts, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Romance, German, Russian Languages & Literatures
Thursday, May 23
9 a.m.,College of Health & Human Services, Ceremony I, Ticket required
Criminology, Criminal Justice & Emergency Management, Family & Consumer Sciences, Recreation & Leisure Studies, Nursing, Speech-Language Pathology
2 p.m., College of Health & Human Services, Ceremony II, Ticket required
Health Care Administration, Health Science, Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, Public Policy & Administration, Social Work
FRIDAY (MAY 24, 2019):
9 a.m., College of Business, Ticket required
2 p.m., College of the Arts
Parking is available for free at all student parking lots on campus.
Organizers recommend parking in the Pyramid parking lot or lots G6 to G9 and G11, as they are closest to the ceremony location.
Guests with a handicap placard can park in lots G5 and the first floor of the Pyramid parking structure.
For more information, go to csulb.edu/commencement.
Stephanie Stutzman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.