commencement

Student Information

As a graduate, you will need to arrive by 12:00 p.m. Signs will be posted in the Student Center directing you to the ready room.

The dress standard for the ceremony is Professional Business Attire. Flip-flops are not allowed.

Please do not bring handbags or any other valuable personal items into the ready room. You will not be allowed to carry anything during the ceremony, and the room will not be locked during the ceremony. Therefore, please do not bring anything with you except your cap and gown.

Once in the room, you will pick up your name card. Keep this card with you at all times. During the ceremony, you will hand this card to the announcer, who will then read your name.

A group photograph of the entire class will be taken prior to the ceremony as well as two individual photographs during the ceremony. Graduates will receive proofs of these photographs via email a week after graduation for review and ordering from Ultimate Exposures.

As a service to our graduates and their guests, flowers (including orchid leis and bouquets) will be available for purchase from Commencement Flowers, Inc. The flower kiosk will be located near the entrance to the student center.

Chapel (Undergraduate Students Only):
Students must fulfill the chapel attendance requirement to participate in commencement ceremonies. Please contact the Director of Campus Ministry, 714 879-3901 x 1294, to ensure you have made arrangements to make up any excused absences.

Caps and Gowns:
Caps and gowns are available for purchase beginning the last week in April at the Hope International University Bookstore; the cost is approximately $40.00. It will be necessary to press the gown with a cool iron prior to the ceremony. Students can order personalized announcements at college.jostens.com or generic announcements may be purchased at the bookstore. The bookstore will carry a limited amount of generic announcements.

Masters hoods for graduate students must be ordered
by March 3rd.

Please contact the bookstore at 714 879-3901ext. 1233 or via email at hope@bkstr.com should you have further questions.

Only University sponsored honors are suitable adornments for your gown. No other decorations will be allowed.

Honors:
HIU values the academic accomplishments of our students. In order to ensure recognition of these academic honors, please note the following deadlines. Online students receiving honors at Spring commencement must have their degree posted by the Office of the Registrar no later than April 30th. Official grade information for traditional undergraduate students must be received by the Office of the Registrar by May 5th. Please consult your academic coach or advisor for assistance.

Coursework:
If you are enrolled at another college and taking classes required for your degree, you must submit a letter from your professor(s) on college stationary stating your current grade in the course(s). This report must be turned in to the Registrar's Office by May 5th.

You must also request an “official” transcript from the other institution (including CSUF). Your degree will not be posted until we have an official transcript from the other institution’s registrar showing the final posting of all your grades and academic credits that are to be transferred.

Finances:
An approved “Petition to Graduate”, payment of the graduation fee and payment of any remaining balance owed by you to HIU is required to participate in the commencement ceremonies. All financial obligations are to be paid by May 5th.

Online and Graduate students who have received Federal Direct Loans will receive an exit packet of loan information, including loan summary while attending HIU and resources pertaining to repayment questions, from the Office of Financial Aid approximately 2-3 weeks prior to commencement. Traditional students will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to complete the necessary exit paperwork to be cleared for commencement. For further information, contact the Financial Aid Office at (714)879-3901 x2202.

Commencement Celebration Banquet:
The HIU Commencement Banquet will be held on Friday evening, May 16th, 2014. Check in is at 6:00 p.m. in the Lawson/Fulton Student Center, Darling Pavilion. Academic honors are awarded as part of the banquet program. Graduates receiving Masters Degrees will participate in the hooding ceremony at the banquet. Banquet invitations are sent to graduates through postal mail. There will be no cost to the graduate for the banquet; family and friends may attend at a cost of $25.00 per person. Attendance is by reservation only.

RSVP here.