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Cal U's 183rd Commencement Celebration

Mark your calendar now for Cal U's 183rd Commencement: 
  • Graduate Commencement
Friday, December 16, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Convocation Center
  • Undergraduate Commencement
Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 10 a.m.
Convocation Center

Commencement ceremonies are held two times per year, in May and December. August 2016 graduates are invited to attend the December 2016 commencement ceremony. August 2016 graduation applications were due on June 18, 2016.

Reminder to All Prospective December 2016 Graduates:

Graduation is not automatic; students must apply if intending to graduate at the end of the fall semester. Graduation mailings and important emails will be sent ONLY to students who have applied by the deadline of September 23, 2016. 

Beginning on August 29, 2016, the online graduation application will be available through VIP for all undergraduate (College of Education and Human Services, College of Liberal Arts, and Eberly College of Science and Technology) and the School of Graduate Studies and Research candidates.

Please visit the following link to review graduation requirements and instructions for applying online:


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

Emails/Mailings: (correspondence sent to graduating students)

Commencement Details (EMAIL to be sent to students who have applied by 9/23/16 deadline AND to August 2016 graduates):

Prospective December 2016 Graduate Letter

August 2016 Graduate Letter

December 2016 Graduation Timeline

Graduation-Related Items:

Find out about personalized graduation announcements pricing and packages from Herff Jones.

Order your Cal U class ring online here.

Visit PSECU at BeYourChange® for more information about "your credit union on campus." 

Graduation Promotion: PSECU is providing money toward graduation gear for current members and those who apply for membership in person during the promotional period. The vouchers are in limited supply, so stop by the PSECU office in the Natali Student Center soon. This promotion runs October 24 through December 16, 2016. For complete rules, visit and select "California" from the drop down menu.

Undergraduate Commencement Honors Determination Emails: Emails were sent on 10/20/16 to December 2016 undergraduate students who qualify for honors cords and to August 2016 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.

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.

Did you know Cal U provides lifelong services at no cost to all alumni? Cal U Career Services is proud to assist our graduates with resources and events for lifelong career connections!  Learn now about our valuable Alumni Career Services.

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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.