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Chapman Commencement

» Information for Family and Guests

Commencement weekend for the Class of 2019 will be May 17-19, 2019.

Click here for a full schedule of events. We hope you are able to join your graduate as they celebrate this momentous occasion in their academic career. Below you will find some information and resources to help you get the most out of this very special occasion.

+ - Seating Information

Tickets are not required for attendees for all Commencement Ceremonies that take place on Wilson Field. We encourage our graduates to invite as many guests as they would like to celebrate this achievement. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. All seating for our outdoor ceremonies is on artificial turf, so sunscreen and sensible shoes are recommended.

Tickets are required for guests that are attending Closing Convocation. Because this event is open to all students, graduate and undergraduate from all of Chapman University's schools and colleges, seating is very limited. Students must RSVP by April 15th to reserve their 4 guests tickets.

+ - Closing Convocation & Degree Conferral

Closing Convocation is the Chapman Family's all-school ceremony honoring student 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. Graduate and Undergraduate students are invited to participate.

Tickets are free, but are required for guests that are attending Closing Convocation. Because this event is open to all students, graduate and undergraduate from all of Chapman University's schools and colleges, seating is very limited. Students must RSVP by April 15th to reserve their 4 guests tickets.

+ - Alternate Viewing Locations

All university ceremonies will be streamed in real time to select screens in the Student Union in Argyros Forum for guests.

Additionally, links to the live webcasts will be published on the Chapman Commencement website during commencement week so that ceremonies may be viewed by family and friends around the globe.

+ - Weather

There is no rain plan for Chapman Commencement exercises. Ceremonies will take place as scheduled unless a downpour or electrical storm create a safety hazard.

+ - Guests Needing Special Accommodations

All Chapman University parking locations provide designated ADA parking spaces. Please make the appropriate arrangements with your group if you need to drop off a guest close to the ceremony site.

Guest seating for commencement exercises is at field level, and there is no designated seating for guests in wheelchairs. Wheelchairs may be placed on the outside edge of a row next to the rest of the family. While the University does not have wheelchairs available for guest use, we invite you to peruse this list of local vendors who provide wheelchair rental services.

For guests with hearing impairment, captioning will be available on the large screens near the stage.

+ - Parking

Parking will be free in all designated parking structures and lots. Curbside permits are not required on local streets during Commencement Weekend. Please allow yourself ample time to park your vehicle and walk to your ceremony site. Additionally, allow yourself plenty of time to navigate out of parking areas following the ceremony when you are considering making dining reservations.

+ - Getting to Campus

Chapman University is proud to introduce our interactive campus map. This comprehensive resource will help get you to Chapman University and guide you around campus once you're here. Included on the map are Chapman buildings, department and school locations, parking  and dining options, emergency locations, and even bathrooms and ATMs. Built around the Google Maps platform, this resource syncs with your phone's Google Map app for ease of use.

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Please note that there is no parking located at One University Drive, Orange CA. Please use the flagged parking structures in the interactive campus map linked above.

+ - Graduation Resources

Please visit our Graduation Resources page for information on ordering academic regalia, announcements, and other commencement related items.

+ - Twitter Ticker

We know that our graduates have friends and family supporting them both at the ceremony and around the world. Please share your celebrations and congratulations with us on Twitter! Tweet your messages using #CHAPMANU and your tweets may appear on the Commencement jumbotrons. 

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+ - Security & Commencement Conduct

Contact Us

For information about Chapman Commencement, please call (714) 997-6740 
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