California Campus and Online Programs
July 8, 2023
September 24, 2023
California Fall and Online Programs
November 18, 2023
Campus and Online Programs
December 14, 2023
Students who are eligible to participate in Commencement will receive their Invitation to RSVP two to three (2-3) months prior to their campus ceremony date.
The invitation will be sent to the student's WCU student e-mail address, so please be on the lookout!
Online Programs students eligible to graduate may choose to attend a ceremony that best fits their schedule and location after their graduation date.
For Pinning and White Coat ceremony questions, please contact your Campus Director of Student Affairs.
You've worked hard! Now, celebrate this important milestone alongside your fellow West Coast University graduates, University leadership, and your family and friends. Each Commencement ceremony will feature a Commencement speaker, remarks from West Coast University leaders, academic degree recognition, and induction into the WCU Alumni Society. There will be opportunities to take photos and connect with faculty members, deans, and other West Coast University community members who helped make your Commencement celebration possible. Additional details about the ceremony, schedule, and logistics for the day will be posted throughout the coming months—so check back often!
Regalia (Cap and Gown)
All graduating students must wear approved academic attire that includes a cap or doctoral tam, gown, and tassel. Master and Doctoral candidates will wear a hood specific to their degree. Herff Jones, is the preferred partner of West Coast University for ordering Commencement regalia. To purchase regalia, please visit Herff Jones no later than four (4) weeks prior to your ceremony.
Graduate Registration and Eligibility
Eligible graduates will receive an e-mail invitation to RSVP for their campus' Commencement ceremony approximately two to three (2-3) months ahead of the ceremony date.
The invitation will be sent to your WCU student e-mail address, so please be on the lookout!
West Coast University Online Graduate Eligibility
Online programs students eligible for graduation should plan to attend their assigned campus graduation and will receive invitations two to three (2-3) months prior to the ceremony.
The number of guest tickets each graduating student is allotted will depend on the size of the Commencement venue and the anticipated number of graduates attending the ceremony. Your Commencement Registration Form will show you the maximum number of guest tickets you are allotted for your ceremony; please select the number of guest tickets you need when filling out the form. Each guest ticket equates to one audience seat.
All guests require a ticket, including infants.
Important: Ticket delivery will be electronic beginning in 2023! More information will be shared in the Commencement invitation you will receive two to three (2-3) months prior to your ceremony.
If you are planning on attending an upcoming 2023 Commencement ceremony, and you or your guests would like to make hotel reservations, please consider searching for hotel availability via our trusted partner aRes Travel.
Book online or call 1-800-559-3186 for assistance | International callers 1-619-546-5773
aRes Travel is a third-party travel planner. Rates, deposits, and cancellation policies may vary and are the responsibility of the guest. West Coast University does not receive any remuneration or commission from any travel booked through aRes Travel. Questions on hotel policies or payments made on aRes website should be directed to the aRes Reservation Center or to the hotel directly.
International Verification Letters
To obtain a graduate verification letter, please follow the steps below:
Students in Pending Graduate Status may print a verification of enrollment letter, which includes your anticipated graduation date, directly from the student portal. Follow this guide for assistance. When applying for a visa, students should provide both the verification letter along with the Commencement invitation email from West Coast University.
Students in Graduate Status please reach out to your campus Registrar for confirmation of your status and a verification letter. Campus Registrar contact information can be found below. When applying for a visa, graduates should provide both the verification letter along with the Commencement invitation email from West Coast University.
|Center for Graduate Studies
|Los Angeles Campus
|Orange County Campus
This website is your main source for Commencement information and will be updated regularly. In the meantime, direct any Commencement questions to the appropriate e-mail address for your campus below.