Graduating Class of 2018!

The Chapman Commencement weekend will be one you’ll remember for years to come. We’re excited to have all Chapman graduating students together on Wilson Field at Closing Convocation on Friday, May 18 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Join the Chapman family afterwards at Aitken Arts Plaza in front of Musco Center for the Arts. Closing Convocation will honor your achievements and celebrate the work you’ve done in your time at Chapman University and Dodge College.

Highlights of Closing Convocation

  • Celebrate with the entire Chapman & Dodge College graduating class
  • Turning of the tassels as President Struppa will officially confer degrees
  • Celebrity keynote speaker
  • Collect your graduation medals to wear at your Commencement ceremony
  • Evening closing with a celebratory toast

We strongly encourage all graduating students to attend the closing convocation. The last day to RSVP is April 15, 2018. Ticket information will be distributed April 30, 2018.

Dodge Commencement Ceremony, Saturday, May 19, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Commencement Ceremony for Dodge College celebrates our graduates and your hard work throughout your educational career. Dean Bassett and Keynote Speaker and renowned filmmaker Michael Apted will give remarks to welcome you as Chapman alumni. Then comes the time for your loved ones to lift cameras and snap photos of you walking across the stage to accept your diploma.

Dean Bassett will then give closing remarks releasing you to rejoin family and friends. Once you exit Wilson Field there’ll be cheering, laughter, tears, hugs, and oh so many photos. Dodge faculty and staff will be present for you to chat with, introduce to your family, and take photos with. Introduce your peers to family and use this time to mingle before you head off to your family/friend dinners. Make sure you’re making those dinner reservations soon to avoid long wait times in Orange and surrounding cities.

Additional highlights

Take advantage of your discipline’s end-of-year celebrations they may be holding. Use these opportunities to connect, commend each other on the mutual accomplishments throughout the year, and plan for the future.

Continue monitoring your Chapman email for additional updates about commencement. Keep in touch with Dodge College Alumni Relations for resources available to Dodge graduates and continue building the alumni network.


Q: Who do I contact with questions about commencement?

A: Feel free to contact the Special Events team at 714-997-6740, or JonHernandez, Alumni Relations Coordinator –

Q: Will there be a Dodge College reception after Commencement?

A: No, Dodge College has aligned with Chapman University as a whole to focus on Closing Convocation, Commencement Ceremony and the unity in all disciplines across schools and colleges. Students are encouraged to participate in all available celebrations leading up to commencement, and celebrate with families at dinners, get-togethers, and individual parties.

Q: What time will the ceremony end?

A: By the time you fight on-campus traffic and get back to your car after photos, we recommend a 6:45 dinner

Q: How many people can I bring to Closing Convocation? Commencement?

A: Students who RSVP for Closing Convocation will be allotted a specific number of tickets for your guests.

Commencement is free and open to all guests and family of students.

Q: Do I have to attend Closing Convocation?

A: We strongly encourage all graduating students to attend Closing Convocation.

Q: Where can I find more information?

A: Please go to the Graduation Page