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College of Social Sciences Commencement Celebration

Click here for information on the 2021 COSS Convocation information!




The Kennel Bookstore is open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. They are still selling regalia.

Stole FAQ:

Q: How much is a CRIM stole?
A:  $20.00. Please Note:  There is a convenience credit card fee of 2.65% per transaction.  Pricing is determined by CASHNet® and is subject to change.  There is no service charge for ACH (electronic check) payment method.

Q: Where can I purchase a CRIM stole?  
A:  They will be available through the e-market link

Q: Will I be able to pick up my stole in person?
A: At this time we will be mailing out the stoles. 

Q: Are the Criminology Stoles required?
A: No, you are welcome to purchase any stole available to you.

Q: I already purchased a COSS Stole, Can I purchase a CRIM stole?
A: Yes, you are welcome to purchase either stole this year.

Q: When is the last day I can purchase a CRIM stole?
A:  May 30, 2021



University Commencement Website

For the latest University Commencement information and registration, visit the link below: 


How do I sign up to participate in the COSS Convocation?

You will need to fill out the application during the open time frame mentioned on the flyer. The link will only be active during that time frame. The link will be available through the College of Social Sciences website. Click here access the link on their webpage.

How do I apply to graduate?

During the filing period, you will file your degree application and pay the application  fee by using the online Undergraduate Degree Checkout Process through your Student Center>Apply for Undergraduate Degree. After you have clicked on Apply for Undergraduate Degree, follow the Undergraduate Degree Checkout Completion Steps until you receive a message that you have successfully submitted your degree application. You must return to the main page to “Submit” the application after you pay the fee. You may pay online with Master Card, Discover, American Express, or electronic check.

 After you apply for graduation and your application has been reviewed, the Degree Advising Office will send you an email at your Fresno State email account with your graduation status.

Applying for Graduation:

Can I participate in the commencement ceremony if I only have a few classes left to complete?

Students can still participate in Commencement if they have not completed all of their degree requirements as long as they meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed a minimum of 100 semester units (senior status)
  • Have established a 2.0 or higher GPA
  • Are currently enrolled at California State University, Fresno

Please visit the Degree Advising Office in Joyal Administration, Room 115, during the first four weeks of the Spring semester.

Note: Students will NOT graduate with a degree or receive their diploma until they have applied for their degree and all degree requirements are completed. 

Will my name be read at the COSS Convocation?

Yes, your name will be read according to what you requested on the registration link. This is not the name that will appear on your diploma.

Will there be a cost or do I need to purchase tickets?

No. At this time there is no fee to participate or tickets required for the COSS Convocation. There may be other fees for other ceremonies, check with those departments. This does not include the fees for your cap and gown or other items you may need.

Will there be a practice for the COSS Convocation?

No. Please arrive early to the ceremony to find your department and further instruction.
Please click here for invitation and special instructions.

Is there a graduation ceremony in the Fall or Summer semesters?


No. The only graduation ceremonies are at the end of the Spring semester.

Where can I purchase my cap and gown?

The Kennel Bookstore is one location that you can purchase these items. Please click here if you would like to visit their web page.

Does the College of Social Sciences/Criminology have a sash/stole for graduates to use during the ceremonies?

COSS will be selling a stole while supplies last.

Please click here for details.


Criminology will have a stole for begining 5.6.21!

If you would like to purchase a Department of Criminology Stole, please click HERE order. 

Do you provide honor cords?

Yes, if the following conditions are met:

1) Student meets the criteria for academic honors (see link below)

2) Student registers to participate in the College of Social Sciences Convocation

3) Student attends the College of Social Sciences Convocation.

**CRIM students only, will be contacted for Honor cord, prior to the ceremony.

Click HERE for additional information on Honor Cords.

Where can I find information on the Chicano/Latino Commencement Celebration?

Where can I find information about the University graduation Ceremony or other ceremonies?

*Please note, COSS Convocation is separate from the University graduation ceremony.

Click here to visit their web page.

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