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 December 31, 2016 will be available to students beginning Monday, March 6th. Students who meet the following qualifications will be able to pick up their diploma:

  • The student has applied for and been approved for the December 31, 2016 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 Commencement related events?

Answer: All students will need arrive at 5:30 pm for the 7:00 pm ceremony. Click here for detailed information on Graduation Arrival and Line-up.

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 ceremony accommodations.

Question: How many guests can I invite?

Answer: Each graduate MUST request tickets for the Fall 2016 Commencement Ceremony, guests will not be allowed the enter the arena without a ticket. Click here for more information on Guest information about Tickets.

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

Answer:  No. The cap and gowns 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: Cords and stoles will be distributed upon arrival at Citizens Business Bank Arena to qualified Bachelor's Degree candidates. Click here for more information about honor cords and stoles.

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 Fall 2016 semester. A list will be posted of candidates who qualify for honors. Check back on December 7, 2016 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 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena when you arrive. Click here for more information about the Hooding Ceremonies.