Frequently Asked Questions

When is Commencement?

Commencement will be held over two weekends to accommodate the class of 2020 and the class of 2021. July 30 – August 1, and August 6 – August 8. Please see the schedule for specific ceremony times.

Will I still get to walk across the stage to get my diploma cover?


Will every name be called?

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

When and where can I purchase my cap and gown?

The deadline to order your cap and gown online, even with expedited shipping has passed. The Agora Gift Shop, located in Argyros Forum, will have a limited supply of regalia available the week of July 26th. Regalia will be sold in person on a first come first served basis. Please contact the Agora Gift Shop for more information 714-997-6718.

Can I decorate my cap?

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

If I can’t attend, will you refund the money I spent on regalia?

No. The regalia is sold by an outside vendor, so we are unable to process refunds or changes.

How many guests am I allowed to bring to Commencement?

As many as you’d like! There is no limit to how many guests you may invite to your ceremony.

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.

How long will ceremonies last?

The duration of each Commencement Ceremony will be between an hour to an hour and a half.

Do my guests need tickets to attend?

No. No tickets are required for any Chapman University Commencement Ceremony.

What precautions are being taken by the university in relationship to COVID-19?

Chapman University is following all current health guidelines. Face masks will be available at first aid stations on Wilson Field. Socially distanced seating will be available on the southeast corner of the field. Hand wash stations will be available throughout campus.

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 2021.

Will my ceremony still take place on Wilson Field?

Yes, the Commencement activities will still be held on Wilson Field.

Where can I find the most up to date information?

We will distribute the information to all necessary channels, including the Chapman University website, email, social media, and the Commencement webpage