May 15-16, 2020

Commencement Schedule

Friday, May 17, 2019

Commencement Line up

9:00 a.m.
Graduate Candidates - lineup in Soiland Practice Gym

The procession begins promptly at 9:55 am. Marshals will assist with lineup and seating. Friends and family should go to the stadium to be seated at this time. Name Pronunciation Instructions


8:00 a.m. - Gates Open
10:00 a.m. - Commencement
William Rolland Stadium

All guests must have a ticket to enter the stadium. Tickets are avaiable to all students beginning February 1st (6 tickets per graduating student). Please notify Disability Support Services by April 14 if you or a member of your family requires handicap seating.

5:00 p.m., Samuelson Chapel

While a graduation ceremony is often hosted in a large stadium or gymnasium with thousands of cheering supporters in attendance, a baccalaureate service is typically held in a church environment that is more quiet, reserved and spiritual. The service focuses on prayers for the future, opportunities to give thanks for the accomplishments in education and reflection about the educational journey God has led you through.

The California Lutheran Baccalaureate ceremony will include music from the CLU Choir, readings from sacred texts, a homily by the Campus Pastor, and prayers throughout the service. The Cal Lutheran Baccalaureate service includes the celebration of Holy Communion where all are welcome to taste and see the goodness of God.

The Baccalaureate service is not mandatory. Graduates often wear a cap and gown to the ceremony, just as they would to a graduation ceremony. Graduates are invited to attend both the graduation ceremony and the baccalaureate service.

A time of Worship for all graduates and their families, please respond on the ticketing site.

Graduates are asked to wear their cap and gown.

Graduates meet at Enormous Luther statue at 4:45pm and walk to the Samuelson Chapel at 4:50pm.

The service will last one hour.

Cookies and beverage follow the service on the patio.


Shoes and visible clothing should be dark in color to harmonize with the academic garb. All graduates are expected to remain seated until the entire ceremony has ended and recess with the faculty.