Frequently Asked Questions

Ceremony Details

When is Commencement?

Commencement 2024 will take place on Friday, May 17 – Sunday, May 19, 2024. You can view the full schedule of events here

What is the difference between the University Commencement Ceremony and Degree Ceremonies?

The University Commencement Ceremony is the university wide celebration of all graduates. Students from all the schools and colleges come together to celebrate as an entire graduating class. There will be a keynote speaker, students will turn their tassels, and everyone is invited to a celebratory toast afterwards in the Aitken Arts Plaza. Guest tickets are required for the University Commencement Ceremony. Students can reserve their guest tickets between February 27 and May 3. 

Degree Ceremonies are specific to each school and college. Students will have their names called and walk across the stage to receive their diploma cover at their Degree Ceremony. No tickets are required for the individual degree ceremonies.

Do I get to walk across the stage to get my diploma cover?

Absolutely! Students will have their names called and walk across the stage at their school/college Degree Ceremony.

Will every name be called?

All graduates in attendance will have their name called as they walk across the stage during their Degree Ceremony.

How long will ceremonies last?

The estimated duration of each ceremony can be found on the Commencement schedule on the homepage.

Will I still get my diploma if I don’t participate in Commencement?

Yes. If you have completed the necessary requirements, you will receive your diploma in the mail in summer of 2024.

Where will my ceremony take place?

All ceremonies will take place on Wilson Field.

How do I get my Commencement photos?

Graduates will be emailed a link to their personal gallery of photo proofs after Commencement. 

Register with our photographer in advance to get your photos as quick as possible! 

Tickets and Guest Information

How many guests am I allowed to bring to Commencement?

Guest tickets are required for the University Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 17. Students can reserve up to (6) guest tickets.

There is no limit to how many guests you may invite to your Degree Ceremony, and tickets are not required.  In case you have guests who cannot attend in person, Chapman provides a livestream of the ceremony that can be viewed at several locations on or off campus.

Do my guests need tickets to attend?

Guest tickets are required for the University Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 17. Students can reserve their guest tickets through Chapman Ticketing beginning on February 27.

No tickets are required for Degree Ceremonies.

What do I do if my guest has accessibility concerns?

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully.

To request an accommodation, or for inquiries about accessibility, please email, or call 714-997-6740.


How can I purchase my cap and gown?

Regalia will be available for purchase beginning at Graduation Fair on February 27 & 28 in Argyros Forum 209 ABC, or April 4 at the Rinker Campus. 

Students who do not purchase their cap and gown at Graduation Fair can purchase online or in-person at the Agora Gift Shop in Argyros Forum beginning in March. 

*Pharmacy and Law Students – check with your department for regalia instructions

How do I know what to order?

Our team of experts will be at Graduation Fair to help you select everything you need for Commencement! 

Graduates are required to wear a gown, cap, and tassel. Masters and Doctoral students will also need to wear the appropriate hood for their major.

Stoles are optional and can be purchased at Graduation Fair, or at the Agora Gift Shop. 

Click here to view regalia options and pricing.

Can I purchase honors cords?

Undergraduate Seniors who are candidates for “Latin Honors at Commencement” have a 3.50 overall GPA (comprised of two components, a 3.5 Chapman GPA AND a 3.5 cumulative GPA including transfer work), have accumulated 54 Chapman-in-residence units taken for a letter grade and have applied for graduation. These students are eligible to purchase a university Honors Cord. One cord signifies all levels of honors.

Order Here: Honor Cords

Can I decorate my cap?

Yes! Students are welcome to personalize their cap as long as the message and/or images are appropriate.

Is there a way to give back my gown after Commencement?

Yes! You can donate your cap, gown, tassel and/or stole to the Office of Sustainability as part of the Regalia Reuse Program. 

Help a future graduate and the environment! 

Drop off locations to come.