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Senior Hub

Information and Resources for Graduating Seniors

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Welcome to your Senior Year! Your final year as a Panther will be filled with challenging courses, amazing events and perhaps even a celebration or two. Before you know it, you will be joining your classmates for end of year awards and commencement ceremonies.

To help you navigate through this busy time, we've compiled some links and information below. Check back often to see which exciting events and important deadlines are around the corner.

+ - Yearbook and Senior Portraits

CEER is a long-standing Chapman University tradition. All undergraduates receive a free yearbook as they walk across the stage at the May commencement ceremony. If you are graduating in December 2017 or May 2018 and will not be attending commencement, please contact Colleen Wood (cwood@chapman.edu) to receive your copy.

Senior portraits for the yearbook must be taken by the official university yearbook portrait photographer who will be on campus in Argyros Forum on these dates:

TBD

Click here for more information on the CEER Yearbook and scheduling your Senior Portrait.

+ - Chapman Rings

The Chapman Ring was designed by a team of students representing disciplines from across campus and included undergraduate and graduate voices. The Chapman Ring collection represents a connection to not just your time at Chapman, but to the alumni who walked these halls before you, and to future generations of Panthers.

Purchase of a Chapman Ring is open to students who have completed 60 units, all graduate students and alumni.

If you purchase your Chapman Ring by October 5, it will be delivered to you before the winter holidays.

For ordering information, please visit Balfour.com.

+ - Degree Conferral

In order to receive your degree (whether you participate in commencement or not), you must submit a degree conferral application online through the Student Self Service portal (https://my.chapman.edu). You must have 90 completed credits to apply. After logging in, select the link for My Academics on the left-hand side. On the My Academics page, select the 'Apply for graduation' link and choose your expected graduation term. This term should be when all requirements will be met for your degree, not necessarily when you intend to participate in Commencement. Click submit once you have selected your term. To edit your diploma name and diploma mailing address, return to the My Academics page and select 'View my graduation status.'

To change your conferral term, please email conferral@chapman.edu. Degrees are conferred at the end of January, May and August. There is no fee for degree conferral.

The preferred deadline for degree conferral submission is January 15. You will not get email information regarding Commencement until your degree conferral application has been submitted.

For more information, visit Office of the University Registrar website.

+ - Receiving Your Degree

Once your degree is conferred, you will receive a confirmation email stating your degree has been awarded. You can expect your diploma to arrive within 4-6 weeks from the date of the email, pending there are no holds on your account. All holds must be resolved before your diploma can be released. Please contact the department that placed the hold on your account if you have any questions.

Minors and emphases are not listed on the diploma. However, they are listed on official transcripts. Latin Honors are listed on the diploma. See the catalog for Latin Honors requirements.

For more information, visit Office of the University Registrar website.

+ - Commencement

Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2018 will take place during the weekend of May 18-20, 2018.

For a detailed schedule and more information, visit the Commencement website.

+ - Closing Convocation

This is it, Class of 2018! 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 at Closing Convocation, the Chapman Family's all-school ceremony honoring your achievements. We'll be turning tassels, cheering on student award recipients, listening to our 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 so bring your family and friends, and don't forget the camera (and maybe bring along some tissues, too).

Highlights of Closing Convocation

  • Last event to celebrate with the entire graduating class
  • Turning of the tassels as President Struppa will officially confer degrees
  • Celebrity keynote speaker
  • Collect you graduation medals to wear at your commencement ceremony
  • An official welcome from the Alumni Association

Last day to RSVP for Closing Convocation is April 15th. Ticket information will be distributed April 30th.

Closing Convocation is a free-ticketed event and each graduate who has RSVPd will be allotted a specific number of tickets for their guests.

+ - College Senior Survey (CSS)

The College Senior Survey (CSS), a survey administered to Chapman University graduating seniors every year, is part of a national study of college seniors conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at UCLA. The data gathered from the CSS helps Chapman identify areas where it is excelling and provides an opportunity to identify areas for improvement. A summary report is reviewed by Chapman’s senior staff every year.

An email, from Provost Glenn Pfeiffer, with the survey link was sent to graduating seniors on Monday, April 9.  If you did not complete the survey, keep an eye out for reminder emails with the survey link on April 20, May 2 and May 9.

If you have any questions about the survey, feel free to contact Dr. Marisol Arredondo Samson, Director of Institutional Research, at arredond@chapman.edu.

The survey is scheduled to close on Tuesday, May 15 so please take the time to complete the survey as soon as possible.  Thank you.

+ - Career and Professional Development

It's everyone's favorite question to ask a college senior: What are you going to do after graduation?

Here to help you find that answer is Chapman's Career and Professional Development!  Whether you stop by to ask a quick question during walk-in hours, or attend one of their networking events, they have the resources you need to guide you on your way.

For upcoming events, check out their Facebook Page

For more information on their resources, visit Career and Professional Development.

+ - Senior Week 2018

UPB has had the pleasure of planning Senior Week for the past few years. We want to help Seniors create more memories before they bid farewell to Chapman with different events each day!  In the past some of our events included: Dave & Buster's, Taco Night at the D a trip to the Wine Lab and more!

Dates for Senior Week 2018 will be announced soon. We hope you are excited and we cannot wait to see you there!

+ - Senior Legacy

"Senior Legacy unites seniors through engaging experiences and instills a lifelong commitment to Chapman University that impacts future student opportunities."

Senior Legacy is a long-standing Chapman tradition for the senior class to present the University with a gift as a way to commemorate their time at Chapman and support future generations of Panthers. The Class of 2018 has decided for their class gift to be in the form of merit-based scholarships for students.

Be on the lookout for Senior Legacy events happening throughout the year and leave your legacy by supporting future Panthers!

For more information, please visit the Senior Legacy Webpage.

Questions?

Need assistance with any of the subjects mentioned on this page? Please contact the appropriate departments below:

For Degree Conferral
conferral@chapman.edu

For Commencement
commencement@chapman.edu

Career and Professional Development
career@chapman.edu

Yearbook and Senior Portraits
cwood@chapman.edu

Important Dates

Mar 1: RSVP for Commencement Opens

Apr 15: RSVP Deadline for Commencement

Senior Week TBD

May 18: Closing Convocation

May 18-20: Commencement

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