»Commencement Regalia and Merchandise

Cap and Gown

  • Seniors and Master's Graduates Only: Cap and Gown will be ordered online. Orders will be mailed directly to purchasers. Link for ordering will go live March 1, 2013.
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy Graduates Only: Regalia will be rented through the Bookstore. Rental orders will be taken at Grad Fair. Contact the Bookstore at 714-997-6718, #3.
  • Ph.D. Graduates Only: Regalia will be rented through the Bookstore. Rental orders will be taken at Grad Fair. There will be an option of buying a custom hood to keep. Contact the Bookstore at 714-997-6718, #3.

Announcements

Students may choose to send printed announcements to friends and family to announce their achievement. Announcements are not invitations to the graduation ceremony, and it is equally appropriate to send them in the weeks prior to, or after, Commencement Day. Personalized Chapman University announcements will be available for purchase online, the link for which will go live March 1, 2013. A credit card is required to order, and orders will be mailed directly to purchasers.

Honors Cords

Seniors who are candidates for “Latin Honors at Commencement” have a 3.50 overall GPA (comprised of two components, a 3.5 Chapman GPA AND a 3.5 cumulative GPA including transfer work), have accumulated 54 Chapman-in-residence units taken for a letter grade by the end of Spring 2013, and have completed all academic requirements for graduation (no "walk shorts"). These students are eligible to purchase a cardinal and gray all-university Honors Cord. One cord signifies all levels of honors.

"Latin Honors at Commencement" are computed as of the end of the 2013 Interterm, because Commencement is held before Spring Semester grades are reported. If a student's final semester at Chapman raises the GPA to a level that qualifies him or her for Latin Honors, honors will be noted on the official transcript at degree completion. If a student's final semester at Chapman lowers the GPA under 3.50, Latin Honors will not be noted on the transcript.

Purchase and wearing of the honors cord is entirely optional. Cords will be available in the Agora Gift Shop in Argyros Forum. For purchase, check in at the cash register to verify that your name is on the "Candidate for Latin Honors at Commencement List" and provide ID. Honor cords are worn during Commencement around the shoulders with the tassels hanging down the front of the gown.

The potential for Latin Honors is not acknowledged at Commencement for students "walking short" of academic requirements. Acknowledgement of candidacy for Latin Honors at the May ceremony is reserved only for seniors who receive degree conferral in, or prior to, May 2013.

Graduate students do not wear Honors Cords.

Diploma Frames

Chapman bachelor's and master's diplomas are 8 1/2 by 11 inches in size, in a landscape format. Doctoral diplomas are 11 by 14 inches in size, in a landscape format. Frames will be available in the Agora Gift Shop in Argyros Forum.

Ceremony DVD

Commencement Day is one of life's most memorable events, and having a DVD to remember this special event is important to every family. A professionally produced DVD of the ceremony is being created for you by GraduationNation. Observe an unobstructed perspective of the events as videographers capture the graduation ceremony from start to finish. A copy of the DVD can be reserved with GraduationNation.

Chapman Traditions 

The Agora Gift Shop in Argyros Forum will be open on Commencement Day for gifts, Chapman memorabilia and last minute academic regalia replacements. Advance shopping and CU gift ideas are available online at the Bookstore web site. FMI, 714-997-6718.

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For information about Chapman Commencement, please contact us via email or call 714-997-6740.
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