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Chapman Commencement

» Information for Family and Guests

Commencement weekend for the Class of 2018 will be May 18-20, 2018.

Click here for a full schedule of events. We hope you are able to join your graduate as they celebrate this momentous occasion in their academic career. Below you will find some information and resources to help you get the most out of this very special occasion.

+ - Seating Information

If your graduate's commencement ceremony will be held on Wilson Field, then no tickets are required for attendees. We encourage our graduates to invite as many guests as they would like to celebrate this achievement. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. All seating for our outdoor ceremonies is on artificial turf, so sunscreen and sensible shoes are recommended.

 If your graduate's commencement ceremony is held in the Musco Center for the Arts, tickets are required for attendees. Please contact CoPA directly for any additional ticketing information.

+ - Closing Convocation & Degree Conferral

Closing Convocation is the Chapman Family's all-school ceremony honoring student achievements. We'll be turning tassels, cheering on student award recipients, listening to a celebrity keynote speaker, and closing the evening with a celebratory toast.

While students will not walk across the stage at this ceremony, they will still wear caps and gowns for the official conferral of their degree. Graduate and Undergraduate students are invited so bring your family and friends.

Last day to RSVP for Closing Convocation is April 15th. Ticket information will be distributed April 30th.

Closing Convocation is a free-ticketed event and each graduate who has RSVPd will be allotted a specific number of tickets for their guests.

+ - Alternate Viewing Locations

All university ceremonies will be streamed in real time to select screens in the Student Union in Argyros Forum for guests.

Additionally, links to the live webcasts will be published on the Chapman Commencement website during commencement week so that ceremonies may be viewed by family and friends around the globe.

+ - Weather

There is no rain plan for Chapman Commencement exercises. Ceremonies will take place as scheduled unless a downpour or electrical storm create a safety hazard.

+ - Guests Needing Special Accommodations

All Chapman University parking locations provide designated handicapped parking spaces. Please make the appropriate arrangements with your group if you need to drop off a guest 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, we invite you to peruse this list of local vendors who provide wheelchair rental services.

For guests with hearing impairment, captioning will be available on the large screens near the stage.

Questions regarding special accommodations may be directed to Chapman Commencement at (714) 997-6740, or contact us via email.

+ - Parking

Parking will be free in all designated parking structures and lots and curbside permits are not required on local streets during Commencement Weekend. Please allow yourself ample time to park your car and walk to your ceremony site. Additionally, allow yourself plenty of time to navigate out of parking areas following the ceremony when you are considering making dining reservations.

+ - Commencement Photos and Flowers

Chapman University's trusted professional graduation photographer will capture various photos of the graduate: on stage and portrait-style. They will email 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.

Graduation Bouquets will be on campus near both ceremony venues offering flowers and leis for purchase.  

+ - Twitter Ticker

We know that our graduates have friends and family supporting them both at the ceremony and around the world. Please share your celebrations and congratulations with us on Twitter! Tweet your messages using #CHAPMANU and your tweets may appear on the Commencement jumbotrons. 

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