SoCal 2019 Commencement

Celebrate with your graduate

There's a personal story behind each graduate's journey to commencement day. We look forward to celebrating this significant part of the journey with you soon!

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Time: Ceremonies at 9 am and 3 pm, with doors opening at 8 am and 2 pm for graduates and guests
Venue: Anaheim Convention Center
Address: 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802

If you have any questions, please email

Things to know before you go


Park nearest to the arena portion of the convention center in Car Park 1, or a bit further away at Car Park 4. Parking is $18. There are many other optional and close by parking options at the Hilton and Marriot hotels as well.


Graduates should enter through the Arena Lobby entrance to the left of the main entrance.

Guests should enter through the Main Arena entrance by the large plaza fountain.

Graduate check-in

Please bring your name index card the day of the ceremony. The index card shows a bar code with your name and degree. These cards will be mailed out at the end of August to each graduate. We can provide a duplicate name card if needed the day of the ceremony.


Tickets are not required for the ceremony but each graduate is limited to inviting seven (7) guests. Children three and under do not count toward the seven guest limit as they will lap sit. Seating locations inside the arena are first come, first served.

Personal belongings

There is no storage at the commencement venue for personal belongings. Please make arrangements for a guest to hold any personal items, or carry them with you at all times. Please be advised that University of Phoenix is not responsible for any damage or loss to personal property.

Regalia items to bring

Bring your cap and gown. Additionally, undergraduates must bring their stoles and graduate students must bring their hoods. Staff will assist you in arranging your hood prior to the ceremony. Use a cool iron if necessary to ensure a wrinkle-free appearance. For any special regalia needs or for pickup arrangements, National Recognition Products accepts cash or card. Please contact National Recognition Products for any regalia needs or questions.

Military graduates: Remember to bring your cord to the ceremony. The military cord is available to order on the regalia web site but will also be available on the day of the ceremony.

Please contact National Recognition Products for any regalia needs or questions.

Honor cord eligibility

  • You must be a bachelor’s degree student with a program GPA of 3.85 or higher. The University does not have an honors designation for associate, masters or doctoral students.
  • If you have met the University Honors requirements, by the commencement ceremony date, and have met all other eligibility criteria, will be recognized at commencement ceremonies with the University honor cord.  Students who attend commencement ceremonies and wear the University honor cord before degree conferral are not guaranteed the “Graduated with Honors” designation. Academic standards must be met in order for a “Graduated with Honors” degree to be awarded. Students may fail to meet the University Honors standards after attending commencement ceremonies.  

Honor Cord distribution

The University identifies graduates registered for the commencement who are eligible for the honor cord. If you are eligible to receive an honor cord one will be provided to you at no cost on the day of commencement.

ADA Accommodation

If you or any of your guests will require ADA accommodations at the SoCal Commencement Ceremony, please contact the SoCal Commencement team at Wheelchairs are not available, so please plan accordingly. There will be several accessible seating areas.


No strollers, balloons, confetti, noisemakers, food or drinks are allowed in the commencement venue. Unopened bottled water is acceptable.


The University has coordinated with Grad Images to photograph graduates before and during the ceremony.

Class Rings

The University has coordinated with National Recognition Products to display and sell class rings. They’ll be available for after the ceremony in the Alumni Reception area.

Leaving the ceremony

We ask that you stay until the end of the program and participate in the recessional march. After the recessional, you will exit the ceremony and meet your friends and family in Alumni Reception, which is located in Hall A.


Following the ceremony, join us for a special Commencement Reception to celebrate your big day. RSVP is not required, and your guests are welcome to attend.

Share your accomplishment

Please share ceremony photos and stories about your educational journey on our Facebook page.


Please email if you can no longer attend the ceremony.