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Commencement 2021

In-person Ceremonies at Concordia University Irvine

Summer 2021 graduates: Saturday, August 14, 2021
Fall 2021 graduates: Saturday, December 18, 2021
Winter 2021 and Spring 2022 graduates: Saturday, May 7, 2022

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Ceremony Details

Information regarding Commencement will continue to be updated as the graduation committee secures details. Students, please be sure to check your Eagle’s email frequently for the most current information.

Baccalaureate Worship Service

This service is for all graduating students, their attending family and friends. Following the Baccalaureate Worship service, Individual academic programs may host celebratory events for graduates from those programs. Information regarding these events will be communicated by each academic program.

Date: December 17, 2021
Time: 3:30pm
Location: CU Center
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA 92612

Fall 2021 Commencement Ceremony

Date: December 18, 2021
Time: Reservation Based (9:00am-1:00pm) More information to come
Location: CU Center
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA 92612

Commencement Format

As soon as you arrive on campus, you will be guided through a series of engaging experiences along a route through campus to the stage. Plan for walking approximately half a mile over a period of 30-40 minutes. PLEASE DRESS ACCORDINGLY! Portions of the walkway may be uphill. Graduates will enter the CU Center with their friends and family, walk across the stage, then have professional photos taken.

Rain or Shine Event

Regardless of the weather circumstances, the ceremony will be held rain or shine.

Two Vehicle Limit

Due to limited parking availability and venue capacity restrictions, graduates will be allowed to bring two cars with as many guests that can fit safely in that vehicle. Your vehicles must be able to fit into a standard size parking stall. (no RVs, limos, party-busses, etc.) Parking passes will be issues prior to the event.


This ceremony will be live-streamed.


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

Masking for Commencement attendees: At this time, no masking requirement is in place for attendees of our indoor Commencement activities in December. However, it is highly recommended that attendees wear a mask, or bring a mask to the event in case state or county guidelines change prior to the date of Commencement.

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 wellbeing of our Concordia community and commencement guests are a top priority. 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 and 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. 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. Golf cart rides will be provided for guests who need assistance.

Livestream Options

For friends and relatives who cannot attend in person, the Commencement ceremony 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 local hotels to give you and your guests a pleasant stay during your celebration. Check back frequently for additional information.

  • Book a room at the Courtyard Irvine Spectrum before November 26th.
  • Book a room at the Hilton Garden Inn Irvine/Orange County.

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. Bachelor’s regalia includes a cap, gown, tassel, and stole. Master’s regalia includes a cap, gown, tassel, and hood. 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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