Cal State San Marcos graduations to happen next weekend

SAN MARCOS, Calif. - Commencement ceremonies at Cal State San Marcos will take place one weekend later than planned, the university announced Thursday.

Flames from the Cocos Fire closed in on campus yesterday and today, and students and employees were evacuated.

Last night, school officials announced that commencement ceremonies scheduled for Friday and Saturday would be canceled. However, the university rescheduled graduation for the weekend of May 24-25.

"Thank you for your continued understanding as we monitor the broad-reaching impact of the wildfires on the campus and our surrounding region over the coming days," CSUSM President Karen Haynes said. "We know that you share with us the concern for the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and community. Our thoughts are with those who are being affected by the wildfires and we thank our region's first responders for their dedication and support."

The original decision to cancel the ceremonies was made because of the difficulty of getting an expected 18,000 people into and out of the school, given the fire activity in the hills above campus.

According to Haynes, ceremonies for the College of Business Administration will be held Saturday, May 24, at 10:30 a.m., followed by the College of Education, Health and Human Services at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences will hold ceremonies beginning at 9:30 a.m., followed by the College of Science and Mathematics at 3:00 p.m.

School officials said students will not be asked to make up missed finals, and the instructors have been told to use their discretion when posting final grades.

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