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Chapman Commencement

» How to Participate in a Commencement Ceremony and Closing Convocation

Below is important information on the steps that are required in order to participate in a commencement ceremony and reserve guests tickets for closing convocation.

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+ - Step 1: Apply for Degree Conferral

Preferred deadline to apply for degree conferral for May 2019 Commencement is January 15, 2019

Undergraduate Students

  • Bachelor’s Degree completed and conferred: Have met all degree requirements prior to the 2019 spring semester and have been conferred in August 2018 or January 2019.
  • 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 2019 Commencement Ceremonies. An application for degree conferral must be on file no later than April 16, 2019. 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 2019 spring semester and have been conferred in August 2018 or January 2019.
  • Master’s or Doctoral Degree to be completed in May 2019: Have filed an application for degree conferral for May 2019 by the preferred application deadline of January 15, 2019 and have completed or are pending completion of all degree requirements by the end of the 2019 spring semester. Graduate students must pass any required comprehensive examinations in the 2019 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 Commencement Ceremony and Closing Convocation

The Commencement 2019 RSVP site goes live on March 1, 2019. All students must RSVP by April 15, 2019 to guarantee listing in printed event program and to reserve guest tickets for Closing Convocation.

+ - 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 Commencement Passport

You will need your Commencement Passport in order to participate in a ceremony. Commencement Passports are email 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.

Commencement 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