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Cal U's 183rd Commencement Celebration

  • 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: All Prospective December 2016 Graduates

APPLICATIONS WERE DUE ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2016Graduation is not automatic; students must apply if intending to graduate at the end of the fall semester. Graduation information and details will be sent ONLY to students who have applied by the deadline of September 23, 2016. 

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.

Please review all correspondence sent to students who graduated in August 2016 and who applied for December 2016 graduation (most recent emails listed first): 

Are You Ready?!

Email sent on 12/6/16 to December 2016 candidates and August 2016 graduates. 

Are you ready for commencement next weekend? With only 10 days left, we are working hard on last minute details to ensure a memorable event for all involved. Even if you aren’t planning to attend commencement, please review the checklist below to make sure you are on track as we near the end of the semester.

If you have not taken care of the items listed, please be sure to do so immediately.

    • Purchase proper regalia (cap and gown) from the University bookstore.

    • RSVP (whether attending or not attending) for the President’s Dinner for Graduates by Thursday, December 8.

    • Return parking permit (if applicable).

    • Did or will your address change??? If so, please complete the Student Information Change Form and submit to Academic Records ASAP. Please ensure your address is correct for mailing of your diploma and other official University documents.

    • Clear up all outstanding student accounts (e.g., financial aid, health insurance, bursar, and library).

    • Register and upload your resume on Hire CALYOU  (Cal U’s online career center) at as soon as possible.Don’t miss out on possible job opportunities! Your resume will be reviewed and approved for posting online by a Career & Professional Development Center staff member so that it is ready to be referred to hiring employers.

    • Consider giving to the 2016 Senior Class Gift Drive (earn special privileges and receive a red tassel). Make your gift online by visiting Gifts are also being collected at offices of The Foundation for Cal U located on the 2nd Floor of the Kara Alumni House, or by visiting the Class of 2016 Gift Drive table during the President’s Dinner for Graduates/Commencement Rehearsal on Thursday, December 15! Please make all checks payable to the “Foundation for California University of Pennsylvania.”

    • If you are attending the ceremony, please look for emails on final details and instructions, including seat assignments and line-up locations. Emails will be sent from this account and from your dean’s office (Wendi Jacobs, School of Graduate Studies and Research). A reminder that NO TICKETS are issued for commencement.

    • For anyone not able to attend commencement, the ceremonies can be viewed via live stream on the internet. Details for viewing the ceremonies and an electronic copy of the commencement program will be posted late next week. Please visit our commencement news page for information:

    • Review the commencement Web pages for the most updated event details (all correspondence to students is included here):

Commencement Details and Instructions for Students Attending Ceremonies: 
Email sent on 11/30/16 to December 2016 candidates and August 2016 graduates. 

Graduate Ceremony Details - Letter from Dr. Bruce Barnhart, Provost

Review Graduate Ceremony (12/16/16) details and instructions.

Undergraduate Ceremony Details - Letter from Dr. Bruce Barnhart, Provost

Review Undergraduate Ceremony (12/17/16) details and instructions.

It's Your Chance to Make a Difference! 2016 Cal U Class Gift Drive: 

Email sent on 11/23/16 to December 2016 candidates and August 2016 graduates. Now is your opportunity to continue your legacy and help future Cal U students through the 2016 Cal U Class Gift Drive by contributing $20.16 or more to your class fund. Make your gift online today by visiting:

By participating in the Class Gift Drive, you will receive the following gifts

    • Student name listed in the commencement program.

    • A red tassel with a “Class of 2016” charm to wear on your mortarboard identifying you as a supporter of the Class of 2016 Gift Drive.

    • A California University of Pennsylvania Alumni License plate frame for gifts of $20.16 or more.

Gifts are also being collected at offices of The Foundation for Cal U located on the 2nd Floor of the Kara Alumni House, or by visiting the Class of 2016 Gift Drive table during the Graduation Dinner/Commencement Rehearsal on Thursday, December 15. Please make all checks payable to the “Foundation for California University of Pennsylvania.” Class Gift Drive gift items can be picked up Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Kara Alumni House or prior to the Graduation Dinner/Commencement Rehearsal. 


For additional Class Gift Drive information, please contact: Randi Minerva ’98, Development Manager, Affinity Engagement, or 724-938-4248

YOU'RE INVITED! Join us for the President's Dinner for Graduates

E-invitations were emailed to December 2016 candidates and August 2016 graduates on 11/17/16. RSVPs are due by December 8, 2016. Register here.

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.

183rd Commencement Details and Timeline:

Email with initial details sent to students who applied by the 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.

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.