Academic Regalia

Regalia (cap, gown and tassel) must be worn by all students participating in Commencement.

There is no added cost for regalia. The cost of regalia is included in the graduation fee, which is automatically added to your student account once your graduation application has been approved. All students are required to pay the fee regardless of participation in the ceremony.

  • Cap & Gown Pick Up

    Regalia pick up takes place at Grad Finale (no pre-ordering necessary).

    • Thursday, November 14 — Attend anytime between the hours of 2:30 PM - 7:30 PM or
    • Friday, November 15 — Attend anytime between the hours of 10 AM - 3 PM
    • Students must bring their CBU ID cards (or know ID number). 


    For graduates who live more than 100 miles from campus:

    We hope you will make it to Grad Finale! There are a few opportunities that are only available at this event such as purchasing Grad Bundles, being entered in free drawings and a free photo opportunity.

    • If you cannot make it to Grad Finale, you may have a friend or family member pick up your items for you OR you may request your regalia be mailed to your home if you meet the distance requirement. 
    • Mail to home requests will not be accepted after Thursday, October 24, 2019 to ensure on time delivery.
    • After completing the Exit Process, please forward the confirmation email to and include the following information:
      • Name
      • Student ID #
      • Address (No PO boxes)
      • Phone number
      • Height (feet)
      • Weight (pounds)
      • Degree (bachelors or masters?)
        • Master Students: Will you be attending your hooding ceremony? (YES or NO)
      • Major (ex: Business Administration)
    • If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy, please contact the commencement office at
  • Cap Decorations

    Students are allowed to decorate the top of their caps following these guidelines: 

    • Decor must use appropriate language/gestures. 
    • Decor may not be larger than the cap border. 
    • Students may not replace the standard tassel given at Grad Finale. 
  • Hood Colors

    Graduate students will receive their hoods prior to the Commencement ceremony during a special hooding event hosted by each academic school. Doctoral and Master candidates must wear their regalia to their hooding ceremonies and must wear their hoods and regalia at the Commencement ceremony.

    Click here for hood colors and hooding ceremony dates.

  • Honor Cords and Stoles

    Only university approved cords and stoles may be worn at Commencement.

    Approved Stoles

    • Great Commission Stoles: All students who have participated in a CBU Summer of Service or International Service Project (SOS/ISP) are eligible to purchase a Great Commission Stole sold only at the campus store. 
    • CBU Stoles: All graduates are eligible to purchase a CBU Stole sold only at the campus store. 

    Honor Cords

    Bachelor degree candidates who qualify according to the listing below will receive gold honor cords. Honors are determined by a student's cumulative grade point average at the completion of the previous semester. In order for you to be eligible to graduate with honors, official transcripts for courses being completed at another institution during the weeks prior to December 31, 2019 must be received by November 13, 2019 to be eligible for the December posting date. If all outstanding transcripts are not received by the deadline, the degree will not post regardless of the coursework completion date. It is the responsibility of the student to verify if the Office of the University Registrar has received transcripts. Honors are announced at the ceremony, but are conditional upon completion of all requirements in accordance with university policies.

    Distribution of honor cords will take place as part of the check-in process on Commencement day. Honor cords are given to qualifying graduates free of charge.

    Honors are awarded according to the following grade point average: 

    • Cum Laude, 3.50
    • Magna Cum Laude, 3.70
    • Summa Cum Laude, 3.90

    Graduates can check here on November 20, 2019 to see if they qualified for walking honors.

    Traditional students can contact Lorene Armstrong in the Office of the University Registrar at 951.343.4461.
    OPS students can contact Rhonda Moll at 951.343.3913. 

  • Honor Society Information

    Alpha Chi (Blue and Green Cords) 
    Distribution of cords will take place at the Alpha Chi Formal Induction Dinner, March 5, 2020. Membership is based on academic achievement and outstanding character traits. Juniors and Seniors whose overall grade point average places them in the upper ten percent of their class are eligible for consideration. For more information regarding Alpha Chi membership, contact Dr. Jeff Barnes, Dean of Academic Services at 951.552.8639.

    Alpha Kappa Delta (Teal Cord) 
    Membership in Alpha Kappa Delta is an earned honor. The purpose of this international sociology honor society is to promote scholarship, but the focus has always been contributing back to the community both locally and globally. Undergraduates must be sociology majors or demonstrate a serious interest in sociology within an official program of a host institution with a chartered chapter of the Society. Students must be at least a junior, rank in the top 35 percent of their class, or an overall GPA of 3.3, have a sociology GPA of at least 3.0, and have taken at least four courses in sociology at the host institution. For more information regarding Alpha Kappa Delta membership, contact Carol Minton-Ryan at 951.343.5072. 

    Alpha Sigma Lambda (Gold and Burgundy Cords) 
    Distribution of cords will take place at Grad FinaleAlpha Sigma Lambda is the oldest and largest national honor society for non-traditional students (typically adults also engaged in professional careers). It recognizes those students who achieve and maintain outstanding scholastic standards and leadership characteristics while adeptly handling additional responsibilities of work and family. To be considered for membership, students must possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in an undergraduate program. For more information regarding membership, contact Dr. Stephen Brown, Associate Dean of Student Development, at 951.343.3933 or Yvette Hale, Administrative Assistant, at 951.343.2160.

    Eta Sigma Gamma (Green and Gold Cords)
    Eta Sigma Gamma is the national honor society in health education. Eta Sigma Gamma’s primary purpose is to elevate the standards, ideals, competence, and ethics of individuals in the field of health education and promotion. The Eta Sigma Gamma insignia and honor cord reflects the ideals of teaching, research, and service in health education and promotion. ESG recognizes the top 15 percent of students and professionals with an academic major or minor in health education. For more information regarding membership, contact Dr. Robert LaChausse at 951-552-8484.

    Kappa Mu Epsilon (Silver Cord) 
    This Mathematical Sciences Department honor society recognizes outstanding achievement in the study of mathematics at the undergraduate level. Membership is open to students who have completed at least three (3) college mathematics courses (including at least one [1] semester of calculus) with an overall average of 3.00 or better. Members must be at least second-semester sophomore and rank in the top 35 percent of their class. For more information regarding membership, contact Dr. Jim Buchholz, Professor of Mathematics, at 951.343.4359 or Allison Ford, department secretary, at 951.343.8662.

    Military Service (Red, White and Blue Cords) 
    The Military Service cord is a special recognition to show California Baptist University's gratitude and respect for the men and women who have made an unwavering commitment to both their nation and their academic studies. The cord represents the sacrifice, service and commitment to excellence that all military members and veterans share. For more information, please contact Jay Villasenor, Academic Coordinator for Veteran Certification, at 951.552.8522.

    Sigma Delta Pi (Red and Gold Cords) 
    The Spanish Honor Society welcomes Spanish majors and minors based upon academic achievement. Undergraduate students in the upper 35 percent of the class, with a grade point average of a 3.0 or higher in Spanish are eligible for consideration. For additional information regarding membership, contact the department secretary at 951.343.4590. 

    Sigma Theta Tau International, Chi Mu Chapter (Purple and White Cords) 
    The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. CBU has a local chapter, Chi Mu. The undergraduate nursing students are invited to join upon completion of half of their nursing classes and top 35 percent of class with a minimum G.P.A of 3.0. Graduate nursing students are invited to join with completion of a fourth of graduate education and a minimum G.P.A above 3.0. All student members receive purple and white honor cords during a special induction prior to graduation. 

    Sigma Tau Delta (Cardinal and Black Cords) 
    This society welcomes English majors and minors based upon academic achievement. Undergraduate students in the upper 35 percent of their class, with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in English are eligible for consideration. Graduate students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.33 or higher are eligible for consideration. For additional information regarding membership, contact Rosemary Welsh, the department secretary at 951.343.4590.