Graduate / Online Programs

Spring 2021 Commencement

110th Commencement

Dear Graduate:
We very much regret to announce that under Orange County, California health guidelines it will not be possible to hold the university’s accustomed Commencement ceremony in May 2021. We have been in constant communication with our local health officials and have concluded that we can have no realistic expectation that a large gathering could be approved by that time, and we wanted to let you know as soon as that became clear.

This is, we realize, very disappointing to you and to family and friends who would have come to celebrate with you. It’s disappointing to us as well. Commencement marks the completion of your degree and the public recognition of your achievement.

We do not want to miss out on this opportunity to celebrate you and your accomplishment of this educational milestone. Therefore, we would like to invite you to participate in any future on-campus commencement ceremony that we hold. There is no time limit on this, and you can participate when it works best for you and your family to attend.

Here is what we need to know from you:

  • Email Kim Johnson at [email protected] when you know what commencement ceremony you would like to attend. We must have your RSVP no later than October 1st for any fall commencement held in December or March 1st for any spring commencement held in May. This will ensure that your name is printed in the program and we have adequate time to order you a cap and gown if needed.
  • In your email, include: Full name, current address, phone number, email address, HIU student ID number.
  • If you do NOT have a cap and gown, please include your height and weight in your RSVP email to Kim so that we can order you a cap and gown.
  • Master’s students – the bookstore will be in touch with you about your original hood order. If you have not placed a hood order, and still wish to do so, you must get it to the Bookstore no later than March 15, 2021.

Your initial order for your cap and gown is still available to be picked up, should you decide you want it for a future ceremony. You can get in touch with our Bookstore to work out the details of pickup or delivery. If you do not want to pick up your cap and gown right now, but you plan on attending a future ceremony and would still like to have a tassel that says 2021, you will need to get that no later than April 15, 2021. 2021 tassels will not be available after December 2021. Our Bookstore manager is Robert Mercado and can be reached at [email protected] or by calling 714-992-5911 or 714-879-3901 ext 1233.

At the end of the semester, the Registrar’s Office will be mailing out any academic honors that you may have earned. You are encouraged to wear those cords to the commencement ceremony that you choose to attend.

Again, we share in your disappointment in not being able to have a commencement ceremony this May. However, we look forward to celebrating with you in the future. Please direct any questions that you might have to Kim Johnson at [email protected]


Steven D. Edgington, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Hope International University