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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 1, 2020 the Commencement RSVP site will go live. At this time students may RSVP for both the University Commencement Ceremony and their School/College Degree 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, 2020, and decisions are based on venue capacity. Waitlist decisions will be sent via chapman email on May 11, 2020.

+ - University Commencement Ceremony 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

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

Nadia Murad Photo
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.