Below you will find Frequently Asked Questions. Some questions are related to all graduating students and some questions are specific to your degree type. So, be sure to scroll down and read all questions pertaining to your status.


Question: When do I receive my actual diploma?

Answer:  Diplomas for students posting a degree on May 5, 2017 will be available to students beginning May 8. Diplomas for students posting a degree on August 31, 2017 will be available to students beginning November 1. Students who meet the following qualifications will be able to pick up their diploma:

  • The student has applied for and been approved for their posting date. 
  • The student has all outstanding degree requirements met. This means all coursework has been completed and all outstanding grades and official transcripts have been received.
  • The student has been cleared to receive their diploma by both the Financial Aid and Student Accounts Offices.

Traditional Undergraduate and Graduate students will be able to pick up their diploma in the Office of the University Registrar (Yeager Center D118). Online and Professional Studies student will be able to pick up their diploma from their advisor at 10370 Hemet Street, Suite 200.

Question: What time do I have to arrive for the Commencement ceremony?

Answer: All students will need to arrive 1-1/2 hours prior to your scheduled ceremony. Click here for detailed information regarding the day of Commencement.

Question: Will there be sign language interpreting?

Answer: An interpreter will be provided during the Commencement Ceremony for guests who are hearing disabled. Click here for more information about disabilities services.

Question: How many guests can I invite?

Answer: The number of guests each graduate can invite will be determined by the total number of graduates. We will notify graduates by Friday, April 7, to confirm the number of guests allowed. PLEASE NOTE: each guest MUST have a ticket to attend the Commencement Ceremony. Click here for more information regarding guest tickets.

Question: Do I need to return my cap and gown?

Answer:  No, your cap and gown do not need to be returned. They are yours to keep. Click here for more information about regalia.


Question: When will I get my honors cords?

Answer: Honor cords will be distributed as part of the check-in process the day of commencement. These will be given to qualified Bachelor's Degree candidates. Click here for more information about honor cords.

Question: How do I know if I qualify for honors?

Answer: Honors are determined by a student's cumulative grade point average at the completion of the Spring 2017 semester. A list of candidates who qualify for honors will be posted HERE. Check back on May 4, 2017 at 2pm to see if you qualify.


Question: When will I receive my hood?

Answer: You will receive your hood during the hooding ceremony presented by your respective program. If you are unable to attend the hooding ceremony, your hood will be available when you arrive for check-in at the commencement ceremony. Click here for more information about the Hooding Ceremonies.