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Cal U's 185th Commencement Celebration - Save the dates!

  • Graduate Commencement
Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Convocation Center
  • Undergraduate Commencement
Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 10 a.m.
Convocation Center

Commencement ceremonies are held two times per year, in May and December. August 2017 graduates are invited to attend the December 2017 commencement ceremonies. January 2018 graduates will be invited to attend the May 2018 commencement ceremonies. 

REMINDER: All Prospective December 2017 Graduates

Graduation is not automatic; students must apply the semester they are intending to graduate. Graduation information and details will be sent ONLY to students who have applied by the posted deadline. 

  • December 2017 Deadline: Applications are due by Friday, September 22, 2017 (online through VIP).

Please visit the following link to review graduation requirements and instructions and contact information for deans' offices:


Please refer to the links located to the LEFT for ceremony details, pricing on caps and gowns, disability access information and more.

Throughout the semester, all correspondence sent to students who graduated in August 2017 and who applied for December 2017 graduation (most recent emails listed first) will be posted below: 

Caps, Tassels, & Gowns...Oh My!

Email sent on 10/23/17 to December 2017 candidates and August 2017 graduates. 

Not able to make the Graduation Fair On October 23? Don’t worry. You have up until commencement to purchase your regalia, however, we recommend that all students purchase their caps and gowns no later than Friday, November 17, 2017 before sizes are limited and it is too late to place special orders. 

For students not able to purchase regalia in person (i.e., global online students and students involved in internships and student teaching), please contact the Bookstore at 724-938-5575. You will be able to place an order over the phone and make arrangements to have your regalia picked-up prior to the ceremony or mailed to you.

We hope that you will be able to attend the Graduation Fair on Monday, October 23, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the University Bookstore. You can also visit our vendors online anytime for your commencement needs and beyond!

Undergraduate Commencement Honors Determination Emails:

Emails were sent the week of 10/16/17 to December 2017 undergraduate students who qualify for honors cords and to August 2017 undergraduate graduates who have earned academic honors. An email was also sent to undergraduate students who will not qualify based on resident credit hour issues. Students are advised to please check their Cal U email accounts for possible honors determinations and to refer to our academic honors policy. The Bookstore will have a listing of qualifying students and will distribute honors cords beginning on the date of the Graduation Fair through commencement day.

185th Commencement Details and Timeline:

Email with initial details sent on 10/16/17 to students who applied by the 9/22/17 deadline AND to August 2017 graduates:

Prospective December 2017 Graduate Letter

August 2017 Graduate Letter

December 2017 Graduation Timeline

Visit our vendors online anytime for your commencement needs and beyond!

Watch videos of our commencement ceremonies from Fall 2007 through May 2014 here.


Update your contact information now with Cal U's Alumni Association. Discover special services and perks available only to alumni plus events of interest to you and other graduates.

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Parent and Family Portal

Are you a family member of a graduating student?

Visit our Family and Parents section of the Cal U website for timely information, key deadlines, information about services for your student and more.

Check out the Parent & Family Portal Facebook page and share experiences and information with other parents and family members about upcoming commencement-related activities.