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Chapman Commencement

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Cap and Gown

Students are required to wear approved cap, gown and tassel when participating in Commencement.

  • Seniors and Master's Graduates Only – Custom, sustainably made caps and gowns are ordered online from Balfour. Orders will be mailed directly to purchasers.
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy Graduates Only  Regalia will be rented through the Bookstore. Rental orders will be taken at the Rinker Campus on February 27 and March 6. Contact the Bookstore at (714) 997-6718, #3.
  • Ph.D. Graduates Only - Regalia will be rented through the Bookstore. There will be an option of buying a custom hood to keep. Contact the Bookstore at (714) 997-6718, #3.

The Agora Gift Shop in Argyros Forum will be open on Commencement Day for gifts, Chapman memorabilia and last minute academic regalia replacements. For more information, please call (714) 997-6718, #3.

Honors Cords

Seniors who are candidates for “Latin Honors at Commencement” have a 3.50 overall GPA (comprised of two components, a 3.5 Chapman GPA AND a 3.5 cumulative GPA including transfer work), have accumulated 54 Chapman-in-residence units taken for a letter grade and have applied for graduation. These students are eligible to purchase a cardinal and gray all-university Honors Cord. One cord signifies all levels of honors.

"Latin Honors at Commencement" are computed as of the end of the 2018 Interterm, because Commencement is held before spring semester grades are reported. If a student's final semester at Chapman raises the GPA to a level that qualifies him or her for Latin Honors, honors will be noted on the official transcript at degree completion. If a student's final semester at Chapman lowers the GPA under 3.50, Latin Honors will not be noted on the transcript.

Purchase and wearing of the honors cord is entirely optional. Cords will be available in the Agora Gift Shop in Argyros Forum until May 16. For purchase, check in at the cash register to verify that your name is on the "Candidate for Latin Honors at Commencement List" and provide ID. Honor cords are worn during Commencement around the shoulders with the tassels hanging down the front of the gown. Graduate students do not wear honors cords. Latin Honors at Commencement is only recognized by the honors cord; no notation is indicated in the Commencement Bulletin.

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