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Spring Commencement 2021

Pre-recorded Online Service

Friday, May 7, 2021

Baccalaureate Worship Service: 6:00 PM

In-person Ceremony at Concordia University Irvine

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Bachelor’s Graduates: 8:00 AM
Master’s Graduates: Start Times Vary
Class of 2020 Graduates: 12:15 PM

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Doctoral Candidates: 2:00 PM

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Congratulations, Class of 2021!

We are excited to invite our Bachelor’s and Master’s graduates, along with the Class of 2020, to a walk-through experience on Concordia’s main campus, with multiple, simultaneous, and consecutive Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 8, 2021. Doctoral Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021 in the CU Center.

* Be sure to check with your graduate to find out in which venue they are walking.


Baccalaureate Worship Service

May 7, 2021 at 6:00PM

The entire CUI community is invited to join together in worship and celebration as we bring the academic year to an official close. The virtual event will start with a brief worship service and end with the Undergraduate Academic Achievement Ceremony for graduating seniors.

Conferral of Degree Celebrations

Ceremony Details

The celebration will be a walk-through experience; there will be no seating at the event.


We are pleased to offer GradImages as our photo vendor. Pre-register for photography before the ceremony for 20% off of your order.

Health and Safety Guidelines

Commencement plans will be in compliance with public health guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control, the State of California, and Orange County. We want to ensure the health and well-being of our Concordia community and commencement guests are a top priority.

  • A face covering must be worn by all commencement attendees, both indoors and outdoors, and physical distance guidelines will be maintained.
  • Guests will have their temperature taken at the gatehouse before entering campus.
  • We kindly ask that guests and graduates use discretion when considering attending, and follow CDC guidelines for health screening and travel.

Decorum & Celebration Policies

  • Gown length and style may not be altered. Stoles may not be customized in any way.
  • Modest personal embellishments are allowed on the cap, but MUST lay flat, cannot extend over the edge, and must be appropriate.
  • Only CUI-approved regalia (including pins, stoles, cords, and medallions) bestowed at the Undergraduate Academic Achievement ceremony and provided by university-sponsored clubs or CUI Veterans Resource Center may be worn at graduation. Decorative items such as costume leis, beads, or sashes may only be worn after the ceremony.
  • Balloons, alcohol, glass, noisemakers, firearms, and weapons are not permitted on campus.

Guest Assistance

If your guests require assistance, such as a wheelchair or walker, please let them know they must bring their own. Our walk-through Commencement event and activities will be solely standing and walking, no sitting, so please plan accordingly. Golf cart rides will be provided for guests who need assistance.

One Vehicle Limit

Due to limited parking availability and venue capacity restrictions, graduates will be issued one parking pass prior to commencement. Only one vehicle per graduate will be permitted. Your vehicle must fit into a standard size parking stall (no RVs, limos, party-busses, etc.). The one-vehicle limit will be strictly enforced; additional vehicles and those without the parking pass will be turned away at the gatehouse. Student transponders will be shut off on the day of Commencement to accommodate the traffic flow. Exceedingly large groups may not be able to enter the venue all at once.

Livestream Options

For friends and relatives who cannot attend in person, the Commencement ceremony on May 8, 2021 will be live-streamed. A link will be made available on the day of the ceremony.

This page is frequently updated as additional information becomes available from the Commencement Committee. Please note that all Commencement events are subject to change in accordance with local, state, and federal guidelines regarding COVID-19. Please contact [email protected] with your commencement questions.

Hotel and Travel Information

Concordia has partnered with the following local hotels to provide you with the best experience during your visit. Please be sure to read through their cancellation policies before you book.

Local Airports

The nearest airport to Concordia is John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA). Other nearby airports include Burbank Airport, Long Beach Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Ontario International Airport, and San Diego International Airport.

Prepare for Your Big Day

As you look ahead and anticipate walking in Concordia University Irvine’s Commencement Ceremony, preparation begins months in advance, beginning with your application for Graduation. Please see the degree pages for Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral candidates to learn about deadlines and details.


Gowns for Bachelor's and Master's Graduates are sized according to height and weight and are ordered according to information provided on the Application for Graduation. Academic regalia is free of charge and includes a cap, gown, tassel, and stole. Doctoral graduates will order their regalia through Jostens'. More information can be found on graduation pages for Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral candidates.

Graduation Announcements, Class Rings, and Accessories

You may order special Concordia University Irvine branded memorabilia from the Jostens' website or by calling 800-854-7464. CUI’s Bookstore also has some great alumni gear and diploma frames.

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