Commencement Update

Congratulations Graduates of 2020

Brandman University extends heartfelt congratulation to its graduates on their accomplishments.

Click here to read an update from Chancellor Brahm regarding Commencement 2020.
Due to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), all Brandman commencements have been cancelled. This decision follows directives to avoid social gatherings that may enable COVID-19 transmissions. Brandman hopes to provide you and your family members with a virtual opportunity to celebrate, even if we cannot be together in person.
Please continue checking your Brandman email and this site for information from the commencement team.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • This is a serious public health crisis. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the disease has been observed in all 50 states, with community transmissions having occurred in 27 states as of March 21. Brandman is doing its part to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus disease.
  • Officials in California and Washington have issued stay-at-home orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Although we don’t know whether those orders will remain in effect for the dates when Commencement events are scheduled to take place, we cannot assume it will be safe to participate in large gatherings at that time.

    Brandman has decided to cancel our 2020 Commencement events as a precaution to protect community health. Your safety, as well as that of your families, friends, and our communities, is and will remain our top priority.

  • Brandman is exploring ways for our Brandman community to recognize your accomplishments. We hope to provide you and your family members with a virtual opportunity to celebrate, even if we cannot be together in person. The commencement team will send communications to your Brandman email in the coming weeks regarding our plans.
  • Yes, Brandman will coordinate with our ticketing company to process refunds for all paid tickets in the coming week(s).
  • If you booked a hotel room through one of our Brandman room blocks, we will notify the hotel on your behalf and have your room cancelled.  If you booked your own hotel room, please work directly with that hotel to request your cancellation.

  • At this time, our regalia vendor does not accept refunds for ship-to-home purchases. If this refund policy changes with the vendor, the Brandman commencement team will notify those who have made purchases. If you would like to call the regalia vendors directly with any questions, please use the following phone numbers:


    Undergrad & Master's: 1-800-433-0296 (Balfour)

    Doctoral: 1-800-223-0429 (Oak Hall)

  • All flower orders with graduation bouquets will be automatically refunded in the coming week(s).  If you have any questions, please email:
  • Our conferral fee is not related to the commencement ceremony, so students will still need to pay the conferral fee upon completion of course requirements. The conferral fee is associated with the process of Brandman validating your degree as complete, which also includes the printing and shipping of your diploma and a complimentary official transcript.
  • Students do not need to apply for degree conferral. The conferral is the result of the official program evaluation from Degree Works reflecting all requirements as complete; once the Degree Progress bar indicates 100% completion, your record will be flagged for processing. The Degree Conferral date is final and is not subject to a request for backdating. Each conferral is subject to a seven-day validation.
  • Once your degree is conferred, conferral fee paid and all hold cleared, you will be able to fill out a diploma form. The diploma and one complimentary transcript will be mailed to the address you provided on your diploma form, you should expect to receive your printed diploma in the mail within 4-6 weeks via USPS. For more information, please visit the Degree conferral page on MyBrandman.

  • Brandman diplomas are 11”x14”. Souvenir diploma frames are available for purchase on the Chapman Online Bookstore. Be sure to select a Brandman University Diploma Frame when ordering, to ensure the correct size opening for your diploma.

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