Invitations to register for the online and cohort commencement ceremony were emailed directly from GCU on June 17 to eligible graduate candidates’ email addresses on file.

Graduate candidates who have not received their email invitation by the end of June should check their spam, junk and promotions folders or contact their student services counselor. For questions regarding registration status or if a confirmation email was not received, please email the Commencement Office at commencement@gcu.edu.

It is strongly recommended that graduate candidates and guests avoid securing travel preparations until the graduate candidate has registered and received a confirmation email acknowledging ceremony participation.

Coming Soon

Stay tuned for information regarding ceremony agendas, travel, parking and more! Please check back regularly as the information on this page will be updated from now throughout the time leading up to commencement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Fall and Spring Commencement Eligibility Requirements

  • The College of Doctoral Studies requires the dean's signature on the completed committee-approved dissertation with a signed GCU D-80 form by close of business, 60 days prior to the date of the commencement ceremony.
  • For Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students, the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions requires the dean's signature on the completed committee-approved Direct Practice Improvement Project with a signed project sheet by close of business 60 days prior to the date of the commencement ceremony and have documented in Typhon a minimum of 1,000 Practice Immersion Hours.

Fall Commencement Eligibility Requirements

  • Students expected to complete their degree between July 1 and Dec. 31
  • Degree posted or registered through completion with the end date of the final course ending on or before Dec. 31, not based on credit hours

Spring Commencement Eligibility Requirements

  • Students expected to complete their degree between Jan. 1 and June 30
  • Degree posted or registered through completion with the end date of the final course ending on or before June 30, not based on credit hours


Fall Commencement Ceremonies

Thursday, Oct. 17

9 AM

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

2 PM

Colangelo College of Business

7 PM

College of Education
    (Bachelor's)
College of Fine Arts and Production
College of Science, Engineering and Technology
College of Theology

Friday, Oct. 18

9 AM

College of Doctoral Studies
College of Nursing and Health Care Professions
    (Doctoral and Master’s)

2 PM

College of Nursing and Health Care Professions 
    (Bachelor's)

7 PM

College of Education
    (Master’s)


Spring 2020 online and cohort student commencement will be announced shortly after the fall 2019 commencement.

*Dates and times of commencement ceremonies may be subject to change.

Cap and Gown

Regalia

Regalia includes the emblems and insignia worn by graduate candidates as a sign of distinction and formality. Doctoral degree candidates’ regalia includes tam, gown and tassel. Education Specialist degree candidates' regalia includes gown, mortarboard (cap) and tassel plus hood. Master’s degree candidates’ regalia includes gown, mortarboard (cap) and tassel plus hood. Bachelor's degree candidates’ regalia includes gown, mortarboard (cap) and tassel plus stole. Each academic college is represented by a different color that is displayed by the tassels, which hang from the mortarboards.

Regalia for Graduating Lopes

Gowns have distinguishing marks to indicate the level of scholastic achievement:

  • Doctoral degree gowns have velvet accents on both bell-shaped sleeves and front lapels.
  • Education Specialist gowns are similar to Doctoral with black velvet accents.
  • Master's degree gowns have trimmings and long oblong sleeves that drape at waist.
  • Bachelor's degree gowns have trimmings, a purple stole and pointed sleeves.

GCU Hood and Tassel Colors

Academic Degree Collegiate Color
Arts, Letters, Humanities White
Business Drab
Education Light Blue
Engineering Orange
Health Science and Mental Health Science Gold
Math, Science and Technology Science Gold
Nursing Apricot
Public Administration (MPA), Government and Justice Studies Peacock
Public Health Salmon Pink
Theology Scarlet

For doctoral, education specialist and master's candidates, hoods display the school's colors, the type of degree and area of study. They are worn around the neck and flow down the back. The inside lining is GCU colors in a chevron pattern. The color and width of the velvet edging on the hood indicates the degree and field of study. Bachelor candidates do not wear hoods.

Regalia Costs

Regalia is required by all degree candidates participating in commencement.

Herff Jones is GCU's commencement regalia vendor. To order regalia, graduate candidates must be registered for commencement. Please use the Herff Jones regalia link that appears in the confirmation email once registered for commencement.

Graduate candidates who do not plan to attend their commencement ceremony can still order a cap and gown for a memento. For the vendor contact information to place an order, please send an email to commencement@gcu.edu.

Doctoral

Doctoral tam, gown, hood and tassel
$125.75 (rental cost, excludes tax and shipping)

Education Specialist

Educational Specialist cap, gown, hood and tassel
$43.25 (excludes tax and shipping)

Master's - Front and Back

Master cap, gown and tassel plus hood 
$39.25 (excludes tax and shipping)

Bachelor's

Bachelor cap, gown and tassel plus stole 
$32.45 (excludes tax and shipping)

Regalia Order Deadlines

Initial Deadline

  • Sept. 17, 2019
    11:59 pm (EST)

*There will be a rush fee for any order that is placed after the initial deadline.

Final Deadline

  • Sept. 23, 2019
    11:59 pm (EST)

Nursing Pin Deadline (DNP, MSN and BSN Students)

  • Aug. 30, 2019 
    11:59 pm (EST)

Nursing degree candidates wishing to purchase a Nursing Pin to represent degree completion through GCU can order their pin through the regalia link provided in their registration confirmation email.


Tour Information

The week of commencement will be a busy time at GCU! We invite you to tour the campus by either a guided or self-guided tour. Please note our traditional students may be in-session with classes during this timeframe.

No guided and self-guided tours will take place on October 17 and 18 while commencement ceremonies are in progress.

We do not provide mobile transportation for touring our campus. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes!

Available Tour Dates and Times

  • Guided walking tours: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 10 am - 3 pm on the hour. When you arrive for a guided tour, please check in next to the Antelope Reception Center (ARC) located next to the Arena entrance. We will have a GCU staff member available to assist you with guided tour information.
  • Self-guided tours: Monday, Oct. 14 - Wednesday, Oct. 16, 10 am - 5 pm. During these times, you may walk the campus at your leisure.

ADA Golf Cart Request

Individuals that reside upon and/or visit the GCU campus are responsible for their own mobility. If assistance is needed, a golf cart ride may be available based on a disability issue; however, arrangements need to be made at least 48 hours prior to the visit and are offered as a courtesy service only. Rides are based on availability of campus resources.

For disability accommodations, please contact 602-639-6342 prior to your arrival on campus.