Graduate and Professional Studies Commencement

Graduate Student FAQs

If you are a GPS student prepping for Commencement, get your answers below!


How do I know if I'm eligible to graduate? Eligibility is determined by individual schools.  Please refer to your program office for additional information.

Please contact your deparment for information on how to become eligible for commencement.
Graduate Business: Catherine Barbagallo 925-631-8716
Graduate 925-631-8834
MFA in Creative Writing: Sara Mumolo 925-631-8556
MFA in Dance: Roberta Chavez 925-631-8183
LEAP: Stephanie Miller 925-631-4538 925-631-4700

What is the date of the GPS Grad Fair?

The graduate and professional studies Grad Fair is on Thursday, March 19, 2020

Can I get more information regarding commencement portraits?

Please visit this link for more information.

I’d like to attend or participate in a cultural graduation. How can I find out more information?

Is there a reception following the ceremony?  This year the reception will be held on the chapel lawn. 

Will class rings be for sale?

Yes! Balfour will be on campus at the bookstore during several dates in the Fall and Spring semesters.
They will also attend the Undergraduate and Graduate Grad Fairs.
More information will be available in Fall 2019.

How can I order graduation announcements? During Grad Fairwe will have CB Graduation Announcements who will be taking orders and will be showcasing the different types of announcements. If you would like to order online, we also have that option available.

Can I processes across the stage with my children? We are thrilled that your family members have joined you in celebration of your achievements. For the safety of yourself and your children, no children will be allowed to accompnay you as you walk across the stage. Please feel free to come back to the front of the stage following the ceremony for a photo opportunity with the whole family.