Southern California Commencement

Join us at Chapman University to celebrate this milestone for so many Brandman Graduates. Participating campuses, important deadlines and day of information can be found here.

Congratulations Graduates!

Ceremony Date, Time and Location

Southern California Commencement
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Chapman University, Holly & David Wilson Field
One University Drive, Orange, CA

4:30 PM

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions

7:00 PM

  • School of Business and Professional Studies
  • School of Education

*Please check back at a later time for updated information regarding our 2019 ceremonies.*

Important Deadlines for Graduates

  • Early February - Eligible students will receive an invitation to RSVP in their Brandman email account
  • March 20 - Deadline to make any changes to your printed name for the program, via the RSVP form*
  • March 20 - Deadline for Academic Advisors to add any students to the eligibility database to guarantee students' names in the program*
  • *Students not added to the Commencement Eligibility List by their Academic Advisor before March 20, will not be guaranteed printed in the program. However, they will still be able to submit their RSVP after this deadline to participate in the commencement ceremony. Please contact your Academic Advisor for any questions.
  • April 8 - Deadline to purchase Doctoral regalia
  • May 3 - Deadline to rent Doctoral regalia
  • May 7 - Deadline to order your cap and gown for Associates, Bachelors and Masters Degrees
  • May 9 - Final deadline to submit an RSVP to participate in the Southern Commencement

Event Schedule

School of Arts and Sciences
The Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions

3:45 PM Candidates report to line-up area Hutton Sports Center
4:00 PM Guest seating open Holly & David Wilson Field
4:30 PM Commencement ceremony begins Holly & David Wilson Field
6:00 PM Reception Musco Center for the Arts Lawn

School of Business and Professional Studies
School of Education

6:15 PM Candidates report to line-up area Hutton Sports Center
6:30 PM Guest seating open Holly & David Wilson Field
7:00 PM Commencement ceremony begins Holly & David Wilson Field
8:30 PM Reception Attallah Piazza                          

Participating Campuses

We invite the following campuses, along with our Ed.D. and Nursing graduates to join us for the Southern Commencement in Orange:

  • Antelope Valley
  • Culver City
  • Irvine
  • Menifee
  • Ontario
  • Palm Desert
  • Riverside
  • San Diego
  • Santa Clarita
  • Santa Maria
  • Victorville
  • Online

Day of Information for Graduates

Boarding Passes for Graduates

Boarding passes will be emailed the Wednesday prior to the ceremony to your Brandman email account. Information will include time and location for ceremony, along with line-up instructions. This paper will also serve as your reader card for the ceremony.  There is no rehearsal for Commencement.

Personal Belongings of Graduates

Please be sure to leave valuables, such as purses, cameras, and other items with your family or guests and silence all electronic devices. Brandman will not be responsible for valuables lost.


The Southern ceremonies will be held outdoors (most seating without shade). There is no rain plan for our Southern ceremonies and they will take place as scheduled unless a downpour or electrical storm create a safety hazard. Please wear appropriate clothing to protect yourself from the sun, wear sunscreen, and bring plenty of water to remain hydrated.

Special Accommodations for Graduates

Graduates with special accommodation needs are invited to email with your request. Please note, at the Southern ceremony captioning will be available on the large screens near the stage, for those with hearing impairment. A Commencement Team Member will respond to your request and work with you to create a plan that suits your needs.

Cap and Gown Instructions

For information on how to wear your Commencement regalia and what items should be included in your Commencement attire package, we invite you to watch the below video.


Guest Information

Commencement Seating

No tickets are required for admission.  We encourage our graduates to invite as many guests as they would like to celebrate this achievement. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. All seating for our Southern ceremony is on artificial turf, so sunscreen and sensible shoes are recommended.

Guest seating for the commencement ceremony is at field level and there is no designated seating for guests in wheelchairs.  Wheelchairs may be placed on the outside edge of a row next to the rest of the family. Specific field entrances/exits will be ADA. For guests with hearing impairment, captioning will be available on the large screens near the stage.

Indoor Viewing Locations

The Southern ceremony will be simulcast in the first floor student lounge of the Argyros Forum Student Union. Seating is first come, first served, and capacity is limited. Guests are invited to drop in and leave as needed. Argyros Forum is air-conditioned and accessible for guests in wheelchairs.


Family and friends from around the globe can view the ceremony via livestream on the Brandman Facebook page.


Parking will be free in all designated parking structures and lots at Chapman, and curbside permits are not required on local streets during commencement weekend. Please allow yourself ample time to park your car and walk to the ceremony site. Additionally, allow yourself plenty of time to navigate out of the parking areas following the ceremony when you are considering making dining reservations. Please view the Parking Map for more information.

Prohibited Items

The university requests the cooperation of all grads and guests in observing strict regulations required for the protection of Wilson Field. No food, beverages, chewing gum, cigarettes, party novelties, confetti, balloons or non-service pets are permitted on the field. Possession of weapons on the Chapman University Campus or at Brandman-sponsored events is prohibited, including but not limited to all types of knives, firearms and fireworks.

Photo Release

Brandman University Commencement ceremony is a public event that is videotaped, photographed and recorded for personal and commercial use. By participating in and/or attending these events, you give Chapman and Brandman University permission to use visual images (photo, video, digital in any form) of you for any lawful purpose related to the university’s business activities, including marketing, advertising, and promotion. By participating and/or attending these events you understand that you have waived any rights that you may have to inspect or approve of the images or wording in the final product that may be used in connection with the university’s business activities.

Share Your Celebration on Social Media

We know that our graduates have friends and family supporting them both at the ceremony and around the world. Tweet your congratulatory messages using #BrandmanGrad2019.

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