Early Commencement Participation Information
All Early Commencement Participation Request Forms must be submitted to the Registrar's Office by 4:30pm, Friday, April 17, 2015. Applicants will be notified via email upon approval by May 4, 2015.
All documents that are required to complete your degree (i.e., petitions, transfer work, grade changes, incomplete grades, repeats, etc.) must be submitted to the Registrar's Office on or before April 17, 2015. Any documents received after the deadline will impact your opportunity to participate in early commencement.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the process to apply for early Commencement Participation?
- I am a graduate student, can I complete this form?
- Who should complete this form?
- I have already finished my degree in a previous quarter. Should I complete this form?
- What is the difference between Commencement and Graduation?
- How do I know if I am eligible to participate early in commencement?
- After commencement, will my degree be automatically awarded when I complete my last class?
- Is there a fee for requesting to participate early in commencement?
- Where can I get more information about commencement?
- When should I apply to graduate?
- How do I know if I am within 8 units of graduating?
- Where is the Early Commencement Participation Form available?
Students who meet the criteria for early commencement participation should complete this form and bring it to the Registrar’s Office no later than 4:30pm, Friday April 17, 2015. The application will be reviewed and student will receive an email notification upon approval, as well as payment instructions. Only students who receive approval will be permitted to have full participation in commencement and pay this fee.
Early participation in commencement is for undergraduate students only.
Undergraduate students who are within 8 units of completing their degree requirements after spring quarter classes and plan on completing their degree requirements in the following summer or fall. The student must be in good academic standing.
Graduation means meeting all degree requirements and being awarded a degree. Once the degree is conferred it is noted on the student’s official transcript and the diploma is ordered and mailed directly to the student. Cal Poly Pomona students may graduate in any of the four quarters. On the other hand, commencement is the ceremonial celebration of graduation and is held in June at Cal Poly Pomona. Participating in the Cal Poly Pomona commencement ceremony does not automatically mean that a student has earned a Cal Poly Pomona degree.
If you are an undergraduate student within 8 units of completing your degree requirements after spring quarter classes are recorded and are in good academic standing, then you are eligible to participate early in Commencement prior to graduating.
No. This is not an application to graduate, but is simply a request to participate in commencement. In order to have your degree awarded, you will need to apply to graduate for the quarter that you anticipate completing your final courses for your degree requirements and pay the required graduation fee. The graduation application is online in BroncoDirect.
Yes, students who wish to participate early in commencement but are not applying for spring graduation will have to pay a $56 early commencement participation fee. This fee is non-refundable and it may be not be used towards your graduation application fee.
You can get more information about commencement by visiting the Cal Poly Commencement homepage http://www.cpp.edu/~commencement/ or through your college dean’s office or your major’s department office.
Apply to graduate when you are enrolled in the final courses needed for your degree requirements. Do not apply if you are not sure that you will be graduating. For submission deadlines go to: Graduation Application Information
Refer to your Degree Progress Report. To view your Degree Progress Report, go to BroncoDirect. Be sure all petitions, transfer work, and technical electives (if required by your major) are completed and submitted to the Registrar’s Office prior to applying for Early Commencement Participation. Do not wait until the last minute to submit documents that may impact your degree progress.
The Early Commencement Participation Request Form is available at:
Summer 2014, fall 2014 and winter 2015 graduates are eligible to participate in commencement.
Enrolled students must apply for graduation online by April 17, 2015 OR in person at the Registrar’s Office by Friday, May 1, 2015. Students applying for graduation must also submit verification via a memo to the Office of Academic Programs from their department’s graduate coordinator that all degree requirements will be completed by the end of the spring quarter.
Enrolled students who are close to completion may be eligible to participate in commencement if they submit to the Office of Academic Programs a Graduate Early Commencement Participation Form and verification from their department’s graduate coordinator that the student:
1. Will complete their culminating experience by the end of the spring quarter;
2. Will defend the dissertation/thesis/project and complete all final edits of the product by the end of summer 2015 quarter.
Masters and Ed.D. students who do not meet these requirements are NOT ELGIBLE to participate in commencement.
Credential students do not participate in commencement.