Graduating students at more than a dozen California public universities will have to hand over money before they are handed their diplomas.
The Oakland Tribune reports across the state, 15 of Cal State's 23 campuses have quietly instituted graduation fees.
Cal State East Bay charges $45 to graduate. At San Francisco State, the fee is $100 - $60 more than it was two years ago.
The newspaper says UC Berkeley graduates don't pay a separate fee to get their diplomas, but commencement tickets cost $10 a head - even for graduates themselves.
Cal State spokesman Mike Uhlenkamp said because tuition money can only be used for instruction costs, campuses must look elsewhere to pay for graduations.