Southern California Commencement
Ceremony Date, Time and Location
Southern California Commencement
Sunday, May 24, 2020
Chapman University, Holly & David Wilson Field
One University Drive, Orange, CA
- School of Arts and Sciences
- Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions
- School of Business and Professional Studies
- School of Education
Important Deadlines for Graduates
- February 15 - Eligible students will receive an invitation to RSVP in their Brandman email account
- March 15 - Deadline to make any changes to your printed name for the program, via the RSVP form*
- March 15 - Deadline for Academic Advisors to include students in the Commencement Eligibility List to guarantee students' names in the program*
- *Students not added to the Commencement Eligibility List by their Academic Advisor before March 15, will not be guaranteed to have their name 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 1 - Deadline to purchase Doctoral regalia
- April 22 - Deadline to rent Doctoral regalia
- May 8 - Deadline to order your cap and gown for Associates, Bachelors and Masters Degrees
- May 8 - Final deadline to submit an RSVP to participate in the Southern Commencement
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 opens||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
|6:45 PM||Candidates report to line-up area||Hutton Sports Center|
|7:00 PM||Guest seating opens||Holly & David Wilson Field|
|7:30 PM||Commencement ceremony begins||Holly & David Wilson Field|
|9:00 PM||Reception||Attallah Piazza
Day of Information for Graduates
Boarding Passes for Graduates
Boarding passes will be emailed the Tuesday prior to the ceremony to your Brandman email account. Information will include the time and location of your ceremony, along with line-up instructions. This paper will serve as your ticket to enter the line-up area and your reader card on-stage during 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. Students will not be returning to the student line-up area following the ceremony.
The Southern ceremonies will be held outdoors. There is no alternate rain location 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, apply sunscreen, wear sensible shoes, and drink plenty of water to remain hydrated. Water stations will be provided in the student line-up and ceremony areas. If at any time you do not feel well, please notify a commencement team member in a maroon polo.
Special Accommodations for Graduates
Graduates with special accommodation needs are invited to email email@example.com 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.
Information for Guests
Tickets are not 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.
The Southern ceremonies will be held outdoors (most seating without shade). There is no alternate rain location for our Southern ceremonies and they will take place as scheduled unless a downpour or electrical storm creates a safety hazard. Please wear appropriate clothing to protect yourself from the sun, apply sunscreen, and drink plenty of water to remain hydrated. Water stations will be provided in the guest seating area. If at any time you do not feel well during the ceremony, please notify a commencement team member in a maroon polo or a security guard.
Special Accommodations for Guests
Guest seating for the commencement ceremony is at field level and there is no designated seating area 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.
Please view the Parking Map to located the curbside drop off location for those with physical challenges that cannot walk long distances. This is located on Walnut Avenue, between Glassell Street and Center Street. For any other inquiries regarding accommodations for guests, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. A live Twitter feed will be displayed on the large screens near the stage during the ceremony. Guests are invited to send out messages of congratulations to graduates using #BrandmanGrad2020.
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 and view which parking lots are assigned to your ceremony time.
*Guests attending our 7:30pm ceremony are not recommended to arrive to campus any earlier than 6:40pm. There is limited parking and we appreciate your delayed arrival to allow our 4:30pm ceremony guests time to depart the parking structures and lots before your arrival.
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.
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.
Still have Questions?
Review Commencement FAQs
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 #BrandmanGrad2020.