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Chapman Commencement

» University Commencement Ceremony

This is it, Class of 2020! 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.

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What is the University Commencement Ceremony?

The University Commencement Ceremony is the Chapman Family's all-school ceremony honoring your achievements. We'll be turning tassels, cheering on student award recipients, listening to a 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 the University Commencement Ceremony

  • Last event to celebrate with the entire graduating class
  • Turning of the tassels as President Struppa will officially confer degrees
  • 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?

On March 2, 2020 the University Commencement ticketing site will go live. At that time graduates may reserve their complimentary guest tickets for the University Commencement Ceremony which is being held on Friday, May 22, 2020.

Graduates can reserve up to four (4) guest tickets. 

Waitlist requests can be made for two (2) additional guest tickets during the checkout process. Waitlist requests are not guaranteed. All requests are reviewed after the ticketing site closes on Friday May 8, 2020 and decisions are based on venue capacity. Waitlist decisions will be sent via chapman email on Wednesday May 13, 2020.

For ticketing information contact Ticketing Services:
337 N Lemon St, Orange, CA
Open Monday- Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

University Commencement Ceremony Seating

During the ticket reservation process, graduates will select one of the designated seating areas for their guests:

  • Wilson Field Level *ADA Accessible*
  • Wilson Amphitheater - (East Side)
  • Chapman Stadium (West Side)

University Commencement Seating Map

Seating is open and is based on first come first served. Gates open at 6:00pm for guest seating. Graduates will sit together in a reserved section on Wilson Field. Graduates are required to enter through McCardle Gate in their caps and gowns no later than 6:15pm.

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 2020 University Commencement Ceremony Keynote address delivered by Nadia Murad, a Yazidi human rights activist, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and advocate for victims of sexual violence.