Student Information


All students who have an approved Application for Graduation and completed all course work in the Fall of 2017, Spring of 2018 and Summer 2018 are eligible to participate in the 2018 Commencement.

Students must apply for graduation by April 2, 2018 in order for their names to be included in the Commencement Program.

Student Speaker

Three students will be selected as student commencement speakers, one for each ceremony. Graduating seniors or graduate students interested in applying for Student Speaker for the Commencement should submit:

Completed packets must be submitted to Dr. Keith Nainby, by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Dr. Keith Nainby, Communications Studies Department, DBH #127, (209) 667-3523.

The Commencement speech should be roughly 5 minutes in length, focus on graduation, and be of broad general interest for graduates, family members, faculty, administrators, and guests.

Academic Regalia

All candidates for graduation may obtain their regalia from the University Bookstore beginning
March 27, 2018 

  • Bachelor's Cap/Gown/Tassel - $49.98
  • Master's Cap/Gown/Tassel - $52.98
  • Master's Hood - $37.98

(PRE-ORDERING IS NOT REQUIRED) Gold honor cords will be issued to students graduating Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude or Summa Cum Laude. The bookstore will have the eligible student list.

Honor Cords – Candidates graduating with honors will wear gold cords, and receive recognition in the ceremony and official program. The university bookstore will have a listing of eligible honor candidates through the 2018 Winter Term.

How to Wear Your Academic Regalia

Bachelor's Cap and Gown



Candidates are encouraged to attend graduation rehearsal, scheduled for 5:30pm Tuesday, May 22 in the University Amphitheatre.

Procession Assembly

Masters, doctorate and credential candidates will meet Thursday, May 24, at 4:30pm in front of Bizzini Hall (formerly the classroom building).

Baccalaureate candidates for graduation will meet Thursday, May 24 or Friday May 25 at 7:30am (see main page for participating colleges times) in front of Bizzini Hall. All candidates need to arrive with academic regalia, to prepare for the academic procession. Commencement programs and processional information will be provided. (Bizzini Hall: See Building #2 on Campus Site Map)


Personalized graduation announcements may be purchased at the University Bookstore.

Class Rings

Graduation class rings can be ordered through the University Bookstore or from the Balfour representative.


GradImages® was the official photographer for Commencement. Your proofs will be available after the ceremony. To view your proofs online, please visit Pictures may be ordered online, by phone, or by mail. If you have any questions please contact Customer Service at 800-261-2576 or via email at

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Pre-register with GradImages by visiting, and clicking on the Pre-Event Registration at the bottom of the page. This provides them with the most correct and up-to-date contact information and ensures the delivery of your graduation proofs in a timely manner. You may register your email and up to 6 emails of loved ones who would like to share in your accomplishment by viewing and ordering photos.