Graduation Process

Getting you to the finish line - are you ready to earn your degree?

To graduate from California Lutheran University means you've earned your degree and completed all degree requirements. Academic Services will post the degree to your academic record, which is the official statement from Cal Lutheran that you have graduated.

Once you have applied for your degree you may be able to participate in the commencement ceremony.  If you do participate in the commencement ceremony, this is not a guarantee that you have met your degree requirements for your degree to be posted. 

Commencement ceremonies are held once per academic year in May. Eligible participants include those who graduated in November, December and February, and those who intend to complete degree requirements by August of the current academic year. Information regarding eligibility can be found at the official commencement website.


Apply to Graduate

To start the graduation process, you must inform the University of your intent to graduate in a specific term by submitting an online Degree Application and submitting your graduation fee.

Note: That submission of an application does not confirm eligibility for graduation. All students submitting a degree application will have their eligibility for graduation verified to confirm completion of all degree requirements.

  1. Submit your Degree Application
    1. Go to Self-Service in MyCLU
    2. Select Graduation Overview
      1. Select your Program of Study. Students earning a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts, will need to submit an application for both programs. Credential programs do not require a degree application.
      2. Select your expected graduation term. Note: this is the term/semester when you will be completing your final degree requirements.
      3. Provide your preferred diploma name and diploma mailing address. Make the necessary edits before submitting your application. You may request an official address change at any time.
  2. Submit your Graduation Fee
    1. Sign into the graduation fee payment portal using your CLU credentials to pay the fee.
    2. NOTE: Please allow up to 24 hours for your application to appear and be available for payment in the portal, in order to ensure the correct fee is shown.

If you are Veteran student, receiving benefits reach out to to see if your gradution fee is covered.

3.  Review your Degree Requirements

Got questions about your requirements? Contact your Advisor or Counselor. 

Need to change your info after you've already submitted your degree application?

Change Graduation Application Information

If a student is unable to complete their degree requirements by the degree conferral date they will receive a letter of "Missing Degree Requirements." They will need to reapply for their degree once they have completed the missing degree requirements.