Commencement faq

Commencement is the most formal academic ceremony held by the University. It is also the most joyful of our events as we celebrate our students who have worked so hard to earn their degrees.

For Students

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COMMENCEMENT AND GRADUATION?
  • Commencement refers to the formal academic ceremony, officiated by the President or Provost of the University, where you share the excitement and importance of your academic accomplishments with your peers, family and friends. Commencement is an opportunity for the University (including members of Cal U's Council of Trustees, administration, faculty, and staff) to pay special tribute to you for the outstanding efforts you have shown in earning your Cal U degree.

 

  • Graduation is the process of submitting an application for graduation, completing all academic requirements for your degree, and settling all financial obligations to the University. The administrative process of degree conferral will indicate your official date of graduation.

 

WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT THE GRADUATION PROCESS?
IF I AM GRADUATING IN AUGUST OR JANUARY, WHICH CEREMONY DO I ATTEND?
  • August graduates are permitted to participate in December ceremonies only.
  • January graduates are permitted to participate in May ceremonies only.
HOW LONG IS THE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY?
  • The ceremony can vary in length based on the number of graduates. We ask that you allow approximately 2 hours.
WHEN IS THE GRADUATION FAIR AND WHY SHOULD I ATTEND?
  • Representatives from various campus departments, along with representatives from the University Bookstore, Herff Jones, and Balfour, are available at the Grad Fair.
  • Online ordering also is available through Herff Jones and Balfour
I HAVE A HOLD ON MY ACCOUNT. HOW DO I RESOLVE THIS?
  • There are a variety of holds that may prevent you from receiving your diploma and transcripts.
  • Log in to your VIP account to understand which department placed the hold on your account.
  • Reach out to the department directly. To search for a specific department, access our People Finder directory.
HOW DO I REQUEST AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT?
  • Click here for more information regarding official transcripts.
HOW DO I STAY CONNECTED TO CAL U?

For Faculty/Staff

HOW DO FACULTY MEMBERS RENT/PURCHASE REGALIA TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMENCEMENT?
  • Email guess@calu.edu at the University Bookstore to place your rental or purchase order for regalia.
  • Stage party participants and faculty members interested in participating in Commencement exercises are required to be in full academic regalia.