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Chapman Commencement

» Closing Convocation

This is it, Class of 2019! You've done all the work and now it's time to celebrate your accomplishments. Come together one last time with the entire graduating class.

+ - What is Closing Convocation?

Closing Convocation is the Chapman Family's all-school ceremony honoring your achievements. We'll be turning tassels, cheering on student award recipients, listening to a celebrity keynote speaker, and closing the evening with a celebratory toast.

While students will not walk across the stage at this ceremony, they will still wear caps and gowns for the official conferral of their degree.

Highlights of Closing Convocation

  • Last event to celebrate with the entire graduating class
  • Turning of the tassels as President Struppa will officially confer degrees
  • Celebrity keynote speaker
  • Collect your graduation medals to wear at your commencement ceremony
  • An official welcome from the Alumni Association

+ - Who is Invited to Participate?

Both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate.

+ - How do I Reserve Guest Tickets?

**The RSVP site for Closing Convocation is CLOSED. Students must have RSVP'd by April 15th to Participate**

On March 1, 2019 the Commencement RSVP site will go live. At this time students may RSVP for both Closing Convocation and their Commencement ceremony.

Due to limited seating students can reserve up to four (4) guests tickets. Tickets are not required for students.

Waitlist requests for two (2) additional guest tickets can be made within the Commencement RSVP site. Waitlist requests are not guaranteed. All requests are reviewed after the RSVP site closes on April 15, 2019, and decisions are based on venue capacity. Waitlist decisions will be sent via chapman email on May 10, 2019.

+ - Convocation Seating

Guest tickets will be emailed to students on May 6th and designated in one the following areas:

  • Wilson Field
  • Holly & David Wilson Amphitheater - Keck Stadium  
  • Ernie Chapman Stadium

Closing Convocation Map

Due to an overwhelming student response, requests for waitlist tickets cannot be fulfilled. Standby lines will be available in each of the three seating sections. 

The ceremony will also be simulcast in the Argyros Forum great room, additionally guests can watch the ceremony via live webcast links. 

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Join us this year for our 2019 Closing Convocation Keynote address featuring Matt and Ross Duffer, class of 2007, writers, directors, and executive producers of the award-winning Netflix series "Stranger Things."