Commencement 2016

Special Senior Information


Tickets are required to attend the 2015 Commencement ceremonies, in order to ensure that each student's guests will have seating in William Rolland Stadium for this special event.  Each student is allotted up to six (6) tickets.  Beginning on February 2, 2015, tickets will be available to all graduating students through an online reservation system accessible via a link on the Commencement home page. Student will need to claim their tickets by March 31st. Children two years old or younger do not need a ticket if they sit on the lap of an adult. Guests without tickets may view a broadcast of the ceremonies in the air-conditioned Gilbert Arena. Guests will also be able to view a live webcast online via a link on the CLU home page.

Form - Request Extra Commencement Tickets

Caps and Gowns, Graduation Invitations and Class Rings

Order forms for caps, gowns, personalized announcements and class rings will be available at the Bookstore, Professionals and Graduate Enrollment offices. Order your cap and gown through the bookstore at the Senior Salute Day in March. After the Grad Events end you may place your order online at Last day to order online is April 9thA Jostens (1-800-353-5299) representatives will be on campus early Spring semester to take class ring and graduation invitation orders (exact date to be determined).

Form -Request to Wear Other Regalia at Commencement - This form is not for honors cords or to change the standard regalia. It is only if a club/organization wants to request to wear extra regalia (stohl, pin, etc.) at commencement.

Commencement Speaker

Graduation is nearing. As a senior, it's natural to begin reflecting on your college experience. Consider how your Cal Lutheran experience has influenced your life's journey … the fun times as well as the challenging times, and of course the people who were there for you along the way! We know you have important things to say, and we hope you'll consider the opportunity to share those thoughts with your peers at graduation. Did you know that any Cal Lutheran student who meets the requirements to walk/participate in graduation (to be held Sat., May 17, at 10 am) is qualified to submit an application to be considered for the 2014 commencement speaker? It could be you!

We encourage you to submit a 3 minute speech that connects to the larger campus community and responds to the following prompt using the form below. (Helpful hint: timing is everything. A 3-minute speech is approximately 1.5 pages, double-spaced.)

If public speaking isn't your thing, make sure you encourage a friend who you think would do an awesome job!

Submissions will be accepted through end of the day on March 10.

Prompt: How have your experiences at Cal Lutheran helped you on your journey toward discovering your purpose and living a meaningful life?

Submit Your Speech

Special Accommodations

California Lutheran University strives to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any graduating student or a guest attending commencement, requiring accommodations for a disability, needs to contact Disability Support Services at or 805.493.3464 at least one month prior to Commencement. Go to for all the details.

One guest may sit with the individual needing special accommodations in this reserved Accessibility Seating area. 

The tickets must be presented at the Accessibility Seating area gate on the day of commencement.


During the Commencement ceremony all personal photographs and videos must be taken from designated areas. A professional photographer will be taking pictures of the graduates receiving diplomas. Proofs will be sent directly to your CLU email address. (Ultimate Exposures, Inc., 818-781-9530, A video will also be available. For more information about the video, check at the video information booth at Commencement or call Glen Rewal 493-3949.


Flowers will be sold at the Chapel and outside the entrance to Rolland Stadium during the day's activities. Rose and orchid corsages, bouquets and leis will sold on a cash-and-carry basis. A percentage of the proceed will go to CLU Student Programs.

Food and Beverages

Food and beverage items may be purchased at The Purple People Eater Food Trailer which is located near the main stadium entrance.  No food or beverages, other than water, can be brought into the stadium. The Departmental Receptions will begin immediately following the Commencement ceremony in the Lundring Events Center and Gilbert Arena.

Commencement Day Tips

Arrive early! Parking and seating are on a first-come, first-server basis. The weather can be unpredictable. Since Commencement takes place outdoors, please consider the weather when planning for the day. Suggested items to bring include hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, blankets, umbrellas and water. The graduates will be recessing to University Plaza between the Rolland Stadium and the Gilbert Sport and Fitness Center after the ceremony.  It is best to confirm with them prior to the ceremony a place to meet after the ceremony.