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Chapman Commencement

» How to Participate in a Degree Ceremony

Below is important information on the steps that are required in order to participate in a degree ceremony and reserve guests tickets for the University Commencement Ceremony.

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+ - Step 1: Apply for Degree Conferral

Preferred deadline to apply for degree conferral for May 2020 Commencement is January 15, 2020

Undergraduate Students

  • Bachelor’s Degree completed and conferred: Have met all degree requirements prior to the 2020 spring semester and have been conferred in August 2019 or January 2020.
  • Bachelor’s Degree yet to be completed: Students who are of senior standing and have completed 90 credits or more may participate in the May 2020 Commencement Ceremonies. An application for degree conferral must be on file no later than April 16, 2020. Petitions for exceptions to this policy will not be accepted.

Graduate Students

  • Master’s or Doctoral Degree completed and conferred: Have met all degree requirements prior to the 2020 spring semester and have been conferred in August 2019 or January 2020.
  • Master’s or Doctoral Degree to be completed in May 2020: Have filed an application for degree conferral for May 2019 by the preferred application deadline of January 15, 2020 and have completed or are pending completion of all degree requirements by the end of the 2020 spring semester. Graduate students must pass any required comprehensive examinations in the 2020 spring semester.
  • Walk Short of Completion of Credits: Have applied for degree conferral with an August 2019 conferral date, and by the end of the spring semester have only the degree requirements remaining. Walk short policy by School and/or College.

Questions regarding degree conferral? Please contact the Office of the Registrar at conferral@chapman.edu.

+ - Step 2: RSVP for a Degree Ceremony and the University Degree Ceremony

The Commencement 2020 RSVP site goes live on March 1, 2020. All students must RSVP by April 15, 2020 to guarantee listing in printed event program and to reserve guest tickets for the University Commencement Ceremony.

+ - Step 3: Order Cap & Gown

In order to participate in Commencement exercises graduates are required to wear official Chapman University regalia.

The deadline for online ordering is April 11th. Online orders may be placed via the link below

Order here: Chapman University Regalia

The Agora Gift Shop, located in Argyros Forum will have regalia available for purchase after the April 11th deadline. Please contact the Agora Gift Shop for more information (714) 997-6718

+ - Step 4: Print your Degree Ceremony Passport

You will need your Degree Ceremony Passport in order to participate in a ceremony. Degree Ceremony Passports are emailed to students the week of Commencement to their chapman email accounts.

If you have trouble accessing your passport please contact the Office of the Registrar at conferral@chapman.edu.

Deadlines

January 15: Deadline for degree conferral for May 2020

March 1: Commencement RSVP goes live online

March 1: Online regalia ordering for bachelors and masters grads goes live online

April 15: RSVP deadline for all graduates to guarantee listing in printed materials and tickets for the University Commencement Schedule