How to Participate in a Degree Ceremony

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Below is important information on the steps that are required in order to participate in a degree ceremony.

Step 1: Apply for Degree Conferral

Preferred deadline to apply for degree conferral for May 2021 Commencement is January 15, 2021

Undergraduate Students

  • Bachelor’s Degree completed and conferred: Have met all degree requirements prior to the 2021 spring semester and have been conferred in August 2020 or January 2021.
  • 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 2021 Commencement Ceremonies. An application for degree conferral must be on file no later than April 16, 2021. 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 2021 spring semester and have been conferred in August 2020 or January 2021.
  • Master’s or Doctoral Degree to be completed in May 2021: Have filed an application for degree conferral for May 2021 by the preferred application deadline of January 15, 2021 and have completed or are pending completion of all degree requirements by the end of the 2021 spring semester. Graduate students must pass any required comprehensive examinations in the 2021 spring semester.
  • Walk Short of Completion of Credits: Have applied for degree conferral with an August 2020 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 Ceremony

Graduates will receive a link to RSVP to an assigned ceremony based on their graduation year.

Step 3: Order Cap & Gown

In order to participate in Commencement exercises graduates are required to wear official Chapman University regalia.

Online orders may be placed via the link below

Order here: Chapman University Regalia

Step 4: Print your Commencement GradPass

You will need your Commencement GradPass in order to participate in a degree ceremony.

GradPasses will be emailed to students the week of July 19 to their chapman email accounts.

If you have trouble accessing your GradPass please contact the Office of the Registrar at conferral@chapman.edu.