Master's Degree

Office of the Registrar

Master’s Degree Graduation and Commencement Information

Please continue to check this website frequently as it is updated when additional information becomes available from the Commencement Committee. You are encouraged to share this website with family and friends so they can have access to information regarding Commencement activities. If you have any questions, please email Shelly Flath at [email protected].

Graduates

Application & Degree Information

Application and Fee Information

Degree posting is not automatic and all students who wish to have their degree posted must complete an Application for Graduation. This is necessary regardless of intent to participate in the commencement ceremony. It is the student's responsibility to submit the application to the Registrar's Office before the posted deadlines. Meeting the application deadline is very important to ensure there is not a delay in getting your degree posted.

A late fee will be assessed for late applications. A late application will jeopardize your eligibility to participate in commencement. The application deadlines are as follows:

Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Winter 2020 Spring 2021
July 17, 2020 September 18, 2020 January 22, 2021 February 19, 2021

Graduation Application:

Your advisor will email you with instructions on how to apply for graduation; please follow these instructions closely.

Graduation Application Fee Information

All students enrolled in their capstone course will be billed the $185 Graduation Application Fee. This is a one-time fee so if you do not complete the course and need to re-register, you do not need to pay it again. The Graduation Application Fee is non-refundable and assessed regardless of the student's intent to participate in the commencement ceremony. This fee covers the administrative time needed to process the application, run a degree audit, track the student’s progress and post the degree to the student’s transcript. It also covers the cost of ordering and mailing the diploma. A late fee will be assessed for late applications.

Degree Posting and Transcripts

Degrees will not be evaluated for verification or conferral and diplomas will not be released until all financial obligations are met. Otherwise, degrees will be posted after all requirements have been satisfied. Concordia posts degrees three times a year—at the completion of the regular Summer (August), regular Fall (December), and regular Spring (May) terms. Degrees are not posted mid-term, even if a program ends mid-term. Please allow 4-6 weeks after the end of the regular term for the final posting of your degree and make future plans accordingly. Transcripts can be ordered in person at the Registrar's Office or online here.

Diplomas

Official diplomas are issued 6-8 weeks after the degree is posted provided that you have no outstanding financial obligations to the University. They are mailed to the address provided on your Graduation Application. Replacement diplomas are available by completing the Diploma Reorder Form. The cost for a replacement diploma is $25 and takes 6-8 weeks to obtain.

Degree Requirements

See the Catalog for specific requirements.

Federal Loan Exit Counseling

If you have borrowed money under the Stafford Loan program, federal regulations require you to complete Loan Exit Counseling before graduating. The Financial Aid Office has arranged for you to complete the session online at www.cui.edu/loans. If you have questions, contact Financial Aid at 949-214-3066.

Commencement Ceremony Information

Academic Regalia:

Regalia will be withheld until all financial obligations and graduation application requirements are met. Gowns are sized according to height and weight and are ordered according to information provided by the student on the Application for Graduation. Academic regalia is free of charge and  includes a cap, gown, tassel and stole. Graduates should check their Eagles email for information on how to get their regalia.

Hood Information:

The green and gold lining of the hood is the same for all hoods. The velvet hood coloring is based on your discipline as follows:

MAEd & MEd - Light Blue
MA: Coaching - Green
MA: Counseling - White
MA: Executive Coaching & Consultation - White
MA: International Studies - White
MA: Organizational Leadership - White
MA: Theology - Red
MBA - Brown
MHA - Salmon
MS: Athletic Training - Gold
MS: Coaching - Gold
MS: Nursing - Apricot/orange

Regalia and Decorum Policies:

  1. Gown length and style may not be altered. Hoods may not be customized in any way.
  2. Modest personal embellishments are allowed on the cap, but MUST lay flat, cannot extend over the edge, and must be appropriate.
  3. 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.

Honors

Graduate students are not eligible for honors. In academe, being admitted and completing a graduate degree is considered an honor.

Class Rings, Announcements, and Accessories

Check out Jostens website to order your graduation products or you may call (800)854-7464. CUI’s Bookstore also has some great alumni gear and diploma frames.

Photography

GradImages is a special events company who specializes in large volume photography projects. They have been serving the U.S. for over 25 years. Here is a link to their contact information. Pre-register before the ceremony for 20% off of your order on the site.

Spring 2021 Commencement Activities Information

Please note that the following events are subject to change in accordance with local, state, and federal guidelines regarding COVID-19. All updates will be communicated via this website and to graduates via their Eagles email.

Cancellation of December Commencement

In response to the uncertainty surrounding group gatherings due to COVID-19, Concordia University Irvine has cancelled the December 2020 Commencement Ceremony. Instead, graduates are invited to participate in our Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremony. Graduates will receive more information via their Eagles email and details are posted below.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused countless changes and disappointments - the cancellation of the December 2020 Commencement is no exception. CUI administrators, faculty, and staff want to provide the most meaningful celebrations for accomplishments and are putting all resources towards doing so in May 2021.  

Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremony

Concordia University Irvine has had to make several modifications to the traditional ceremony that we hoped to have in May 2021.  There are still many details to iron out, but we want to share this update with the community as soon as possible. More information will be shared as specifics are finalized, so be sure to keep checking back here and students check your Eagles email.

NEW Location: Concordia University Irvine

We were informed that we no longer have access to our usual spring commencement venue; therefore, the Graduation Committee is working diligently to create a meaningful commencement experience for students and their families here on CUI’s beautiful campus.

UPDATED Dates: The weekend of May 8 and 9, 2021.

With California’s strict COVID-19 guidelines and CUI’s limited facilities, we anticipate needing to plan for multiple ceremonies to be held over the weekend of May 8-9, 2021.  As soon as we determine specific ceremony times and dates, we will communicate that immediately.  Students will not participate in both days.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to plan in the midst of uncertainty. Students, please know that we are striving to provide a memorable ceremony that truly celebrates the culmination of all your hard work.

Hotels and Travel Information

Hotel Accommodations: Concordia University Irvine is working with local hotels to give you the best deals around. Check back here soon for more information.

Local Airports: The closest airport to CUI 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.

Things to do: There are many things to do while you are in town for commencement. Check it out!

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