Commencement 2016

Commencement Information

There is a complimentary shuttle service before and after the cermony from various locations around campus to the stadium. Commencement Map

Please prepare for all weather situations as the ceremonies will occur rain or shine. We will be live-streaming the ceremony in the Indoor Broadcast Seating located in the Gilbert Arena.


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.

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 student's 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 CLU Media Services at 805-493-3949.


Flowers will be sold 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 proceeds 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.

Commencement Day Tips

Arrive early! Parking and seating are on a first-come, first-served 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.