Graduate / Online Programs

Spring 2016 Commencement

101st commencement

May 14th at 10 a.m.
Lawson-Fulton Student Center Pavilion

HIU will celebrate its 101st commencement on Saturday, May 14th, 2016. The Spring 2016 class includes graduates from 43 states and over 20 countries. The graduates illustrate the University's mission of preparing both professional and volunteer servant leaders to impact the world for Christ. They also illustrate the University's expanding commitment to adult learners and international students. These individuals join over 8,800 alumni who carry Hope International University's legacy of service and ministry to the church and society.

This commencement will celebrate Hope International University's 41st academic year in Fullerton where the University has maintained a diligent commitment to advance the mission of Christ around the world. To watch the Commencement ceremony live via online video streaming, click HERE. Doors will open for guest at 9AM. No tickets are required. The ceremony customarily lasts under two hours.

Commencement Celebration Banquet

The HIU Commencement Banquet will be held on Friday evening, May 13th, 2016. 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 an additional cost. Attendance is by reservation only. Guest tickets may be purchased online at this location beginning April 1st.

Student Information

Graduates need to arrive by 8:00 a.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.

At the check in tables, 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 (Traditional Undergraduate Students Only):

Students must fulfill the chapel attendance requirement to participate in commencement ceremonies. Please contact the Director of Campus Ministries, 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 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 10th.

Only University sponsored honors are suitable adornments for your gown. No other decorations will be allowed.Please contact the bookstore at 714 879-3901ext. 1233 or via email at should you have further questions.


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.


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.


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 email 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.