Bachelor's Degree

Office of the Registrar

Bachelor Degree 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 too have access to information regarding Commencement activities. If you have any questions, please email Shelly Flath at shelly.flath@cui.edu.

Graduating Seniors

Application & Degree Information

Graduation Applications:

Traditional Undergraduate Graduation Applications:

Online Bachelor's Degree Program Graduation Applications:

  • Please contact your Academic Advisor for the Fall 2020 graduation application.

Nursing Program Graduation Applications:

Gown Sizing Guidelines

Application Deadlines and Fee Schedule
Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Spring 2021
Before June 5, 2020 $185 Before September 25, 2020 $185 Before January 29, 2021 $185
After June 5, 2020 $340 Sept. 26 – Oct. 30 $215 After January 29 $340
    After October 30 $340    

Graduation Application 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 following to the Registrar's Office before the posted deadlines. Meeting the application deadline is very important to ensure there isn't a delay in getting your degree posted. Late applications will jeopardize your eligibility to receive awards and participate in commencement. The application deadlines and fees are listed on this website and on the graduation applications.

Graduation Application Fee Information

All students must submit payment for the Graduation Application Fee at the time of application. We accept credit card, debit card, exact cash, check, or echeck. This fee is non-refundable and assessed regardless of the student's intent to participate in the commencement ceremony. The Graduation Application 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.

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.

Reapply Graduation Application

Reapply Graduation Application

Students who do not complete their degree requirements in the academic year in which they applied will be required to submit a Reapply Graduation Application. If degree requirements were completed at another institution, official transcripts must also be sent to the Registrar's Office. The degree will be posted within 4-6 weeks after receiving the application and any necessary transcripts. Re-applicants are not eligible to participate in commencement.

Degree Requirements

See the Catalog for specific requirements.

Unit Limits

The following courses have limits to the number of units that can be counted towards graduation:

Type of Course Unit Limit
Applied Music (lessons, ensembles) 12
PE Activities 4
Practicum - (unless the specific major and/or minor requires additional units) 4
Independent Study 20
Internship 8
THR 102 (Applied Stagecraft) 4

Statement of Completion

A student who qualifies and is continuing on into Concordia's Fifth Year Teaching Program or Master of Business Administration (MBA) program may have a portion of their final semester's units count toward their credential or MBA degree. A Statement of Completion must be submitted to the Registrar's Office before the undergraduate degree is posted.

Education Statement of Completion
MBA Statement of Completion

Proof of Enrollment

Students who are concurrently enrolled in units at another school must provide proof of enrollment during their last semester after census date. If they withdraw from the course(s) after submitting the proof, they are obligated to notify the Registrar's Office and their graduation status must be re-evaluated. No applications for graduation will be accepted without proof of enrollment for all outstanding course 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

Commencement is a celebration of degree completion and is reserved for students who have completed all of their degree requirements. No student will be allowed to participate who has not completed all of their degree requirements. Graduates may only participate in one commencement ceremony in the same academic year of their Application for Graduation.

Academic Regalia Sizing & Cost:

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.

Regalia and Decorum Policies:

  1. Gown length and style may not be altered. Stoles 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.

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.

Honors and Honor Cords

Honors are awarded to eligible undergraduate students for the commencement ceremony. Commencement participants who are recipients will receive honor cords or stoles at the Academic Achievements Ceremony on the Friday prior to their Commencement Ceremony. For the ceremony, honors status will be determined based on the cumulative GPA at the end of the semester prior to graduation term. Once final grades are calculated, honor status will be re-evaluated and may change. This final honors designation will be reflected on students' transcripts and diploma.

Cum Laude 3.70 – 3.79
Magna Cum Laude 3.80 – 3.89
Summa Cum Laude 3.90 - 4.00

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 Undergraduate 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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