Schedule of Events

8:30 am—Graduate arrival, professional headshots, and reception
9:30 am—Theater doors open for guest seating
10:00 am—Commencement begins

*Note—the commencement is the Thursday following the February 2019 California Bar Exam which is administered on February 26-27, 2019.

Ceremony Deadlines

January 23, 2019—Last day to order caps and gowns. Contact Jostens at 800-854-7464. Orders placed after the deadline are not guaranteed and may be subject to late fees and rush shipping fees.
January 23, 2019—Last day to register to attend the February 28 graduation ceremony. Click here to register.
February 11, 2019—Last day to make hotel reservations at Hotel Angeleno in the Concord group block. Visit the Graduation Travel  page for more information.

Ceremony Details

Reader Card: All graduates must check-in at the registration table, located in the lobby of the Magnin Auditorium at the Skirball Center, to pick up their reader card. Reader cards should be kept in the graduates possession until they cross the stage and hand it to the reader. The reader card is used to pronounce the graduates name and degree as they cross the stage. Graduates who wish to have a phonetic spelling of their name should include it on the reader card.

Guests at Graduation

Each graduate may bring up to 6 guests to the ceremony. Graduates who want to bring more than 6 guests should email 

Attire–Caps and Gowns

Graduates: Graduates are responsible for ordering their caps and gowns. Caps and gowns may be ordered directly through Jostens. A tassel and hood is included with your cap and gown. All caps are black and gowns are black with purple velvet trim. When choosing attire to wear under your gown, remember that the gown falls mid-calf. Business or business casual clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended.

Guests: Dress is business professional for this event.


Diplomas are not distributed at the graduation ceremony. Diplomas are mailed by the Office of the Registrar approximately 8 weeks after completion of the final class and all program and financial requirements have been confirmed by University officials according to the University Catalog. For questions regarding diplomas, please email the Office of the Registrar at or call 866-522-7747.

Graduation Ceremony Expenses

There is not a fee to attend the graduation ceremony for graduates or their guests. However, graduates and their guests are responsible for all expenses incurred for travel to and from the ceremony, including finding and securing their own hotel rooms. Visit the Graduation Travel  page for a list of discounted hotels, airport and ground transportation information.