Master's Degree Graduation Information
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Application for Graduation
Degree posting is not automatic and all students who wish to have their degree posted must complete an Application for Graduation regardless of intent to participate in the commencement ceremony. All coursework must be scheduled for completion by the end of the last term of enrollment. It is the student's responsibility to submit an accurate Application for Graduation on time. Failure to do so may result in disqualification for the commencement ceremonies.
Meeting the application deadline is very important to ensure there isn't a delay in getting your degree posted. The application deadlines and fees are as follows:
|July 19, 2019
||September 13, 2019
||January 24, 2020
Application for Graduation
Your advisor (contact information is below) will email you with instructions on how to apply for graduation; please follow these instructions closely.
MCAA, MSAA, & MSCE
Townsend Programs: MA Organizational Leadership & MA Counseling
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. This fee is non-refundable and is 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.
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. The degree will be posted within 4-6 weeks after receiving the application and any necessary transcripts.
See the Catalog for specific requirements.
Spring Grad Festival - For all Spring Commencement Participants
This event is for students who have applied for graduation and indicated that they want to participate in the Spring Commencement Ceremony. Come for prizes, diploma frames, discounted class rings and graduation announcements.
Date: Monday, March 23, 2020
Location: Grimm Hall 302 Conference Center on the Concordia University Irvine campus
1530 Concordia West, Irvine CA 92612
Time: 12:00-7:00 pm
This is a come and go event and you do not need to stay for the duration of the event. No RSVP is required.
Baccalaureate Worship Service
This ceremony is a religious worship service for our students, faculty, staff and guests.
When: Saturday, May 2, 2020 from 10:00-11:00am
Location: CU Center, Concordia University Irvine
Concordia University Irvine Campus: 1530 Concordia West, Irvine CA 92612
Tickets: No tickets are needed for your guests, seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis
Parking: Parking will be available on Concordia's campus and is free
Spring 2020 Graduate Commencement Ceremony
This ceremony will be live-streamed.
When: Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Location: Bren Events Center, UCI Campus
Bren Events Center; 100 Mesa Rd, Irvine, CA 92612
||Arena doors open for guests
||Commencement Lineup (behind the Bren Events Center)
||Commencement procession will begin
||Approximate length of the Commencement Ceremony
Tickets: No tickets are required for this ceremony. Graduates may invite as many guests as they would like. Concordia holds its Spring Commencement Ceremony at the UCI Bren Events Center to accommodate the maximum number of family members and guests at your graduation celebration. Seating is first come, first served.
Parking: Please see the UCI Parking website for more information on the cost of parking. The Mesa Parking Structure is located at 4000 Mesa Rd, Irvine, CA 92697 and is the closest parking structure to the Bren Center. UCI Guest Services will direct guests to the available parking structures. Guests and graduates are encouraged to carpool to alleviate some traffic on commencement day.
Special Accommodations for Guests: Handicap parking and seating is available. The Bren Events Center also has a designated handicap drop-off area by the front entrance.
See below in the “General Information” section regarding hotel information.
Walking in Commencement
Commencement is held at the end of the Fall semester (December) and at the end of Spring semester (May). It 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:
Gowns are sized according to height and weight and are ordered according to information provided by the student on the Application for Graduation. See the above Gown Sizing Guidelines to ensure the correct size is ordered.
Beginning with summer 2016 applicants for graduation, academic regalia is free of charge. Academic students include a cap, gown, tassel and hood. Regalia will be distributed first Grad Fest. For those unable to attend Grad Fest, instructions on how to obtain regalia will be emailed. Attention Orange County residents: please note that regalia will not be mailed to Orange County (CA) residents and you must arrange a time to pick it up in the office. Grad Fest is the only day that our hours will be extended.
Regalia and Decorum Policies:
- Gown length and style may not be altered. Hoods 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.
Graduate students are not eligible for honors. In academe, being admitted and completing a graduate degree is considered an honor.
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Concordia University Irvine has partnered with the Hilton Hotel Group to offer local accommodations at a discount for all of our graduation guests and family members. Booking links and additional information on the hotels can be found below.
Class Rings, Announcements, and Accessories
Check out Jostens website to order your graduation products or you may call (800)854-7464. Mark your calendars for Grad Fest as Jostens provides a discount on items purchased in person.
When all classwork is completed and grades have been submitted, the Registrar's Office will post your degree to your transcript. This process usually takes 4 to 6 weeks after the end of the semester. A copy of your transcript may be requested and will be mailed to you provided that you have no outstanding financial obligations to the University. Transcripts can be ordered in person at the Registrar's Office or the request form is available online.
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.
Official diplomas are issued 6-8 weeks after the degree is posted at the end of the term provided that you have no outstanding financial obligations to the University. They are mailed to the current address on file unless special arrangements are made. 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.
Please mail any address changes to:
Office of the Registrar
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA 92612 or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org using your eagles email account.
You may also update your address in MyRecords, be sure to use the “Current Address” designation.
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.
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Career Development Services
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