Regalia (cap, gown and tassel) must be worn by all students participating in Commencement.
There is no regalia or commencement ceremony fee. Regalia is provided by the university to all graduates whether or not they choose to participate in a ceremony.
- Ordering Your Cap & Gown
All approved graduates are sent a link to order their regalia (cap, gown, and tassel, plus honor cords for qualified undergraduates and hoods for master's students). Regalia is not available on campus, but is mailed by the vendor to the home address listed on the order form. Regalia orders take approximately 6-8 weeks to process. Graduates must order on time to ensure delivery of their regalia prior to Commencement Day.
- Cap Decorations
Students are allowed to decorate the top of their caps following these guidelines:
- Decor must use appropriate language/images.
- Decor may not be larger than the cap border.
- Students may not replace the standard tassel given.
- Hood Colors
If ordered on time, graduate students will be mailed their hoods prior to Commencement and should bring them to the hooding ceremony hosted by their academic school. Doctoral and Master candidates must wear their regalia to their hooding ceremonies, and must wear their hoods and regalia to 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.
- 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 through the campus store.
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 eligble to graduate with honors.
Official transcripts for courses being completed at another institution must be submitted to the Registrar's Office to be eligible for honors and degree posting. 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.
Honor cords will be mailed with regalia and 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
Traditional students may contact the Office of the University Registrar at 951.343.4566.
Online and Professional Studies students may contact the OPS Registrar at 951.343.3913.
- Campus Store Items
CBU's Campus Store has many items available to celebrate your achievements! Spring '21 graduates will receive an email next month regarding the option to purchase promotional packages (not available yet). These bundles may be purchased by current graduates during a limited time March 29 - April 2. Click HERE.
- Blue Bundles - CBU Diploma Cover, CBU Stole, Lancer Tassel Keychain
- Gold Bundles - CBU Frame, CBU Stole, Lancer Tassel Keychain
For other items, visit the Alumni Catalog on the Campus Store website.
- Honor Society Information
Alpha Chi (Blue and Green Cords)
Distribution of cords takes place through the Office of Student Success. 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)
Cords will be distributed by the Online and Professional Studies department. Alpha 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 Elisa Shepard, Director of Academic Support at 951.343.3946 or Jeff Keneaster, Director of Academic Operations for Online and Professional Studies, at 951.343.2174.
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.
Global Engagement Cord (Yellow, Red and Blue Cord) The Global Engagement cord recognizes students and faculty that have been involved in academic discipline-driven engagement experiences around the world. The yellow in the cord represents academic discipline, the blue symbolizes service, and the red represents faith. For more information regarding membership, contact Garrett English, Director of Academic Engagements at 951-552-8865.
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  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 Kimberlee Bartholomew, Department Secretary, at 951.552.8662.
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.
Pi Sigma Alpha (Red, White and Black Cords) Pi Sigma Alpha is the National Honor Society for Political Science and International Studies founded in 1920. In order to be inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha, students must have completed 64 or more semester credits; completed at least 12 semester credits in Political Science including at least
one upper-division course; earned an average grade of B or higher in all courses in Political Science; and earned an average grade of B+ or higher in all courses. For additional information regarding membership, contact the Department of History and Political Science at 951.343.4656.
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 Rosemary Welsh, Department Secretary, at 951.343.4590.
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, 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 in the top 35 percent of their class with a minimum grade point average above 3.0 are invited to join upon completion of half of their nursing classes. Graduate nursing students with a minimum grade point average above 3.0 are invited to join upon completion of a fourth of their graduate education. All student members receive purple and white honor cords during a special induction prior to graduation.