Student Information

To help you prepare for this exciting milestone, please take a moment to complete the following steps listed below.

2018 Commencement Ceremonies Schedule

The 110th Commencement Ceremonies are scheduled for Saturday, May 12, at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco. 

Two ceremonies will take place. Please plan accordingly based on the degree being conferred. 


Master Degree
9 a.m. - Check in and line up for master candidates. Seating begins for guests (tickets are required)
10 a.m. - Master degree candidates ceremony begins (MA, MFA, MBA, MArch, MAAD). The ceremony will take approximately one hour.  
Bachelor Degree
1 p.m. - Check in and line up for bachelor candidates. Seating begins for guests (tickets are required)
2 p.m. - Bachelor degree candidates ceremony begins (BA, BFA, BArch). The ceremony will take approximately 90 minutes. 
4 p.m. - New alumni and guests are invited to a celebratory reception, hosted by the Alumni Council, on the San Francisco campus. 


Graduation vs. Commencement

A student graduates upon completion of all academic requirements as recorded on an official transcript. The diploma marks recognition of the degree the student has earned. 

Note: Only eligible graduating students have the opportunity to participate in commencement.

Graduation Fee

The graduation fee is $100. This is a one-time fee that applies whether or not you choose to attend the commencement ceremony. The fee covers the administrative process of your graduation form and the printing and certified mailing of your diploma.

Should you choose to participate in the commencement ceremony, the college is committed to celebrating new alums by covering the costs of the ceremony and reception including gown and tam rentals provided to every eligible graduating student.

Steps Toward Commencement

Step 1: Confirm your graduation eligibility

Students are eligible to participate in the college's commencement ceremony only when the following requirements have been met:

  • Enrollment in all degree requirements by summer 2017, fall 2017 or spring 2018
  • Confirmation of degree candidacy
  • Confirmation of good financial standing (made by the Student Accounts Office)
  • Required exit-loan interview (expect an email in April from the Financial Aid Office for dates and times)

*Information for Dual-Degree Students.

Step 2: Complete the WebAdvisor Grad info form by November 13

Students must check and update their graduation information regularly, accessible through the main page WebAdvisor. If you are eligible to participate but are unable to access the Graduation Information form, visit Student Records immediately. 

Step 3: Order your Gown through the Herff Jones's website

Students participating in the commencement ceremony must order their gown online to be picked up on campus.

Herff Jones online gown ordering »

Step 4: Collect your tickets (beginning April 9)

Tickets must be collected from the Student Affairs Office on the campus you indicated on the WebAdvisor graduation information screen.

More information about tickets ».

Step 5: Nominate a student speaker

Graduating students nominate a graduate and undergraduate student to speak at the commencement ceremony.

Student Speaker Nomination Form »

Step 6: Exhibit your work

Graduate students will participate through their individual programs. Undergraduate students are invited to participate in the Baccalaureate Exhibition.

Baccalaureate Exhibition application »

Step 7: Collect your tam and gown (May 9 & 10)

All commencement apparel must be collected from the campus you indicated on the Herff Jones online ordering form. For the exact pickup location, please refer to emails sent by the Commencement Planning Committee.

More information about gown pickup and return


The Commencement Ceremony has no rehearsal.


Diplomas were designed by faculty and alum Michael Vanderbyl. The Student Records Office mails diplomas via certified mail to the domestic address submitted on the WebAdvisor Graduation Information Screen.

Diplomas cannot be mailed internationally; therefore, students must make special delivery arrangements themselves to have their signed diplomas sent outside the United States.

Diplomas and official transcripts are available only to those graduating students who have met all academic requirements and deadlines and whose financial account with the college is in good standing.

All borrowed publications, equipment, or supplies must be returned to the lending office or program, including ceremonial tams, gowns, and hoods (for master's degree recipients).

Diploma Frames

We are pleased to offer CCA diploma frames that are gray and black and include a gold embossing of the college's name. Framing Success was chosen as the college's provider for its ongoing commitment to the environment.

A variety of styles are offered, and all hardwood frames are made with Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®)-certified wood from well-managed forests. The unique custom frame design allows for easy document insertion, so there’s no need to send your diploma.

Order your CCA Diploma Frame »

Class Rings

Students can now display their accomplishments with college rings from Herff Jones. There are numerous combinations that allow you to customize your class ring to be reflective of your accomplishments while at CCA.

Order your CCA class ring »

Resources for Graduates

Career Development
Career Development makes available valuable student and alumni professional services that embody the college's goal to equip students and alumni with the confidence and tools to assert themselves, their work, and their roles as cultural leaders in the world.

Career Development »

International Student Affairs and Programs (ISAP)
International students with F-1 status may be eligible to seek permission to work in the United States for up to 12 months beyond graduation. If interested in applying, contact the ISAP Office as soon as possible.

International Student Affairs and Programs »

Alumni Association
Graduating students automatically become members of the CCA Alumni Association. Membership benefits include social, networking, and career opportunities as well as access to campus libraries.