»Frequently Asked Questions
+-What is the difference between a double major and a dual degree?
A double major refers to two areas of study which share the same type of degree. For example, Political Science and Dance are both Bachelor of Arts degrees. If you are graduating with a double major, you may only walk once during commencement ceremonies. You will be prompted to choose a "preferred major" when you submit your online Commencement RSVP. The major you designate in the RSVP will determine which ceremony you will participate in and/or which cohort you will sit with.
A dual degree refers to two different types of degrees which have been completed concurrently. For example, a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Screen Acting would be considered dual degrees. If you are graduating with dual degrees, you may be eligible to walk once for each degree earned. If you are receiving your degrees from two different schools/colleges (i.e., Schmid College and Dodge College as in the above example), you are welcome to participate in both ceremonies. Please make sure you submit two online Commencement RSVPs -- one for each degree.
+-Is there rehearsal for Commencement?
+-Where may I find parking on Commencement Day?
Parking will be free in all designated parking structures and lots, and curbside permits are not required on local streets during Commencement Weekend.
+-How many guests may I invite, and will they need tickets for Commencement?
Tickets are not required for Commencement ceremonies, and there is no limit on how many guests you may invite. Please note that seating is first come, first served. Seating is in folding chairs on artificial turf. Once the ceremony begins, empty seats must be made available to accommodate guests without seats.
+-Do I need to bring anything with me on Commencement Day?
+-What if it rains or is hot?
+-How do we line up?
+-How can I make sure my name is pronounced correctly?
+-What will I receive on Commencement Day?
+-What is Baccalaureate, and do I have to go to it?
+-What is Senior Convocation and do I have to go to it?
Senior Convocation is an all-school academic ceremony designed to honor the achievements of the graduating class. Major faculty and student award winners are acknowledged and the Senior Gift is presented. The ceremony is followed by the President's toast, where the President raises a glass to this year's seniors.
Senior Convocation is for seniors and their families, and attendance is optional.
+-How are we expected to behave at Commencement?
Chapman Commencement is not a somber occasion, but it is one that the institution takes seriously. Commencement is the largest publicly attended event on campus. Families, friends, alumni and honored guests from all over the world will attend this momentous event -- how we present ourselves on that day is, for many of our guests, the only impression of Chapman they ever have. It should be a favorable one.
We ask that students abide by the Student Conduct Code on Commencement Weekend on university common areas and at offsite venues where official university ceremonies are taking place. Some of these requirements include refraining from possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages or other controlled substances, being publicly intoxicated, and engaging in disruptive or disorderly conduct. All attendees are requested to refrain from bringing food, beverages and gum into any ceremony venue. We ask that students refrain from bringing noisemakers, signs, toys, confetti, streamers, or fireworks to any ceremony.
Students are required to wear academic attire as is appropriate to the historical, dignified traditions of graduation ceremonies. Students must remain seated at all times unless walking in procession and remain present for the entire ceremony until its conclusion. Participants and guests may be asked to leave university property at any time by Chapman University administrators, faculty, or Public Safety officers during Commencement Weekend, if they are not fulfilling these responsibilities and obligations.
+-May I leave Chapman as soon as I cross the stage?
+-What should I wear to Commencement with my cap and gown?
+-May I wear flowers with my cap and gown?
+-May I decorate my cap?
+-May I keep my cap and gown after graduation?
+-What is the Senior Legacy?
"Senior Legacy unites seniors through engaging experiences and instills a lifelong commitment to Chapman University that impacts future student opportunities."
Senior Legacy is a long-standing Chapman tradition for the senior class to present the University with a gift as a way to commemorate their time at Chapman and support future generations of Panthers. For example, the Class of 2014 chose their class gift to support merit-based scholarships for students. Click here for more information on merit-based scholarships for students.
+-Will photos be taken during Commencement?
Chapman University's trusted professional graduation photographer is GradImages. GradImages will capture various photos of the graduate, on stage and portrait-style. GradImages will e-mail photo proofs and ordering instructions directly to graduates within two weeks after the ceremony.
Family and guests are not allowed near the stage during the ceremony to take photos. Guests are encouraged to remain in their seats during the duration of the ceremony.
+-Will a Commencement DVD be available?
+-Where may I pick up my Chapman Yearbook?
+-Do you provide accommodations for guests with special needs?
All Chapman University parking locations provide handicapped parking spaces. Please make the appropriate arrangements with your group if you need to drop a guest off close to the ceremony site.
Guest seating for commencement exercises is at field level, and there is no designated seating for guests in wheelchairs. Wheelchairs may be placed on the outside edge of a row next to the rest of the family. While the University does not have wheelchairs available for guest use, you are welcome to check out this list of local vendors who provide wheelchair rental services.
University ceremonies will also be streamed in real time to both Beckman Hall, Room 404, and on select screens in the Student Union in Argyros Forum for guests who are more comfortable watching the events from indoors.
For guests with hearing impairment, captioning will be available on the large screens near the stage.
If your guests require special accommodations beyond those listed above, please submit your request by May 12th to the Chapman Commencement Office at (714) 997-6740, or contact us via email.
+-What's this about a Twitter ticker?
Congratulations, graduates! We're excited to share in your celebrations at the 2015 Commencement Ceremonies. But we won't be the only ones…
You're invited to share your celebrations and congratulations with us on Twitter! Tweet your messages using #CHAPMANU and your tweets will appear on the Commencement jumbotrons.
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Grads' Commencement RSVP