El Sereno - Cal State LA has rescheduled its graduation ceremony for late July, after a previously scheduled commencement was canceled amid student complaints about not being able to bring guests, walk the stage or hear their names called out as part of pandemic precautions.
The outdoor ceremonies for the class of 2021 and 2020 will now be held on July 21, 23, 26 and 29 at Reeder Field, the campus baseball stadium that will be outfitted with extra seating and shade structures, according to a campus statement released late last week. Each graduate will be able to invite two guests.
"During the ceremony, your name will be called and you will have the opportunity to walk across the stage and have your photo taken," said the statement. "Our ceremonies will also include a graduation address, music, and the turning of the tassels. Hooding will not take place at these ceremonies."
Students and guests will be required to wear face coverings and have been vaccinated or have had a negative COVID-19 test.
The original ceremony had been scheduled for the Rose Bowl on May 29. But the university met with a backlash from students upset about the limitations, the University Times reported. Upset students expressed their disappointment on ABC News and Telemundo.
Last year's ceremony was cancelled during the early months of the pandemic.