Commencement Celebrations at Cal U

Cal U is proud to honor and celebrate its graduates. Formal Commencement ceremonies typically are held twice a year, at the close of the spring and fall semesters.

Because these ceremonies mark a significant milestone in a student’s academic journey, they will be held in person or postponed until it is safe to do so. The Guide to Operations outlines the University’s plans to hold Commencement ceremonies appropriate to the University’s operational level.

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For our August and December 2021 Graduates

Cal U is operating at Level 3 and is planning to host modified, socially distanced ceremonies for the Fall 2021 semester.

Ceremonies will be held at in our Convocation Center and will be organized by College to reduce the number of attendees at each event. Each graduate who attends the in-person ceremony will receive two (2) guest tickets. Individuals of any age count as "guests." Because of capacity limits, we currently are unable to approve additional guests.

  • Graduate ceremony: All School of Graduate Studies and Research graduates will be invited to attend a ceremony on Friday, December 10, 2021 at 7 p.m.
  • Undergraduate ceremonies:
    • College of Education and Liberal Arts graduates will be invited to attend a ceremony on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 10 a.m.
    • Eberly College of Science and Technology graduates will be invited to attend a ceremony on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 2 p.m.


Doors open one hour before each ceremony. To mitigate risk, all guests must wear masks and social distancing will be required.

Accommodations for guests with disabilities can NOT be reserved in advance. Guests will be offered parking and seating in order of arrival. Handicapped seating locations for wheelchairs and companion seating will be available on the second floor railing area, accessible by elevator. A sign language interpreter is scheduled to be at each ceremony.

For Our August and December 2021 Graduates

CHECK-IN: Doors to the Convocation Center open one hour prior to each ceremony. Graduates should check in no later than 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony.

REGALIA (Caps and Gowns): Herff Jones is reporting about a three-week turnaround time from the online order date for caps and gowns. If you do not receive your regalia, please send an email to; include your name and order number, so we can check on your order. As a reminder, University-approved regalia is required in order to participate in the ceremony.

HONORS CORDS: Students who qualified for academic honors have been notified by email. Academic honors cords are available now in the bookstore, free of charge. For graduates who are unable to visit the bookstore before Commencement, cords will be available in the Convocation Center when you check in before the ceremony. For cords and other graduation regalia related to student clubs and organizations, please contact your local chapter leader(s) or your club's faculty/staff sponsor(s).

Class of 2020 Graduates

The class of 2020 may participate in the December Graduation Ceremony. To be included in the ceremony please email