May 15-16, 2020

General Information

Caps and Gowns, Graduation Invitations and Class Rings

Order forms for caps, gowns, personalized announcements and class rings will be available at the Campus Store, Professionals and Graduate Enrollment offices. Order your cap and gown through the Campus Store at the Grad events in March. After the Grad Events end you may place your order online at You must order your cap and gown by March 31st, otherwise a late fee will be applied.

Jostens (1-800-353-5299) representatives will be on campus early spring semester to take class ring and graduation invitation orders at the Grad Events..

Special Needs

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 (DSS) at least one month prior to commencement.

For accommodation requests and questions, please visit

Disability Support Services

Or call 805-493-3464.

One guest may sit with the individual needing special accommodations in this Accessibility Seating area. The tickets must be presented at the Accessibility Seating area gate on the day of commencement.

International Students

The International office provides graduating international students with stoles representing their country to wear at the graduation ceremony each spring. To pre-order a stole, please sign up in the Office at the beginning of February. Stoles cost $25.

Commencement Speaker



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.

GradImages will be there to capture your images during the ceremony. Don’t forget to Pre-Register prior to the event to share your photos with loved ones and to receive a coupon code for $5 off an order of $25 of more! Visit to register & receive a coupon to save $5!

For more information about the video, check at the video information booth at Commencement or call Media Services at 805-493-3820.


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

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-serve 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.