Apply to graduate
You must apply to graduate whether you plan to be in the ceremony or not. You can apply online (choose "undergraduate" or "graduate" student) or at the Registrar's office. Be sure to give them an address where your diploma and transcripts can be mailed.
Order graduation gear
If you are participating in the graduation ceremony, Please place your order of cap and gown with Josten's. If you are a graduate student, they will need to know what degree you are earning so they can provide you with the correct hood color.
Choose your international graduation sash (optional)
An international stole will depict your country's flag, embroidered with the Cal Lutheran logo. Order it directly from Josten's website and/or shop for affiliate optional accessories to showcase your culture during graduation ceremony.
Participate in the ceremony
Each May, Cal Lutheran holds a graduation ceremony for students who have completed their academic program or are one class away from graduation. We encourage you to learn more about the ceremony and to participate. It is a unique moment for you and your family to share.
Options after graduation
There are three options available to you as you finish your academic program:
- Leave the U.S. within 60 days of graduation. This gives you time to see whatever you've missed in the U.S. Please note that you cannot exit the U.S. and re-enter during this grace period.
- Be scheduled to start a new academic program in the next available term for a different degree or program. Learn more about your options at CalLu.
- Apply as early as 90 days before graduating (recommended) and begin post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). The application process requires an appointment with us to fill out the paperwork. Learn more