Maria Ornelas, left, and Alejandra Vargas document their graduation as part of the California State University Bakersfield Class of 2017, in this file photo.

Hundreds of master’s and doctoral degree candidates will be in the limelight tonight at Cal State Bakersfield.

A commencement ceremony for the university's graduate students will be held at 6 p.m. in the Icardo Center. A total of 319 students have registered to participate, and, unlike the undergraduate ceremony scheduled Friday morning, you don't have to worry about getting tickets to attend tonight's event.

Parking is free for both the undergraduate and graduate ceremonies.

For the graduate and hooding ceremony at the Icardo Center, parking will be available in Lots H and I. 

The first row of all seating is designated for persons with mobility disabilities. The seating is limited and cannot be reserved. One attendant per guest will be allowed in this seating area.

All bags will be checked before entering venues. To make commencement a pleasant experience for all guests and participants, the following items are prohibited:

Umbrellas, air horns, signs, balloons, beach balls, outside food, tripods, alcohol, bottles and cans, fireworks, firearms/weapons, and use of tobacco products are prohibited.

Due to the large crowds expected to attend the undergraduate ceremony Friday, traffic controls and road closures will be in place on and around the CSUB campus early Friday. Camino Media will be closed to thru traffic starting at 5 a.m. Friday at Haggin Oaks Boulevard and Scarlet Oak and will be open only for commencement traffic and parking.

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