SCU's Commencement Ceremony represents the culmination of a student’s academic achievement. It is a time to celebrate, reflect, and share joy in your accomplishments. 

Students graduating from their program during the following terms: summer 2022, fall 2022, and spring 2023, will be invited to attend an in person ceremony on December 16th via direct email. At this event, each graduate will cross the stage, have their name read aloud, and receive a diploma cover for their degree. Friends and family are permitted to attend this event. *Note: due to the on going challenges with the pandemic, this event can be altered from in person to virtual. You will be updated if any changes occurs. 

Details about this event will be posted here; on SCU's commencement website; and emailed directly to all graduates. If you have questions about this ceremony, please email

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Venue Information

Ceremony Details

Monday, December 18th 2022, time TBD

Hyatt Regency 

21500 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648


Your ceremony will be held inside just a few feet away/walking distance from the hotel. If you or someone you know would like to stay at the hotel, you may use this customized link to book a room. If you need assistance with booking a room, please contact the hotel directly at 714-698-1234.

COVID-19 & Mask Policy

Currently, Orange County does not require the use of masks. You and your guests are welcomed to wear a mask. Seating will not be 6 ft apart. 


Valet parking is available for $25.00. Limited self-parking is available across the street near the beach for $15.00. 

Attendance & Guest Information

All guests attending this ceremony must have a ticket. To be eligible to receive tickets for your guests, graduates must fill out an attendance form to confirm their participation to the ceremony. This will assist us with determining ticket allotments. Failure to confirm your attendance will mean you are not attending. Graduates choosing to participate in the ceremony after the attendance form has closed will not receive any tickets for guests but will be allowed to participate in the ceremony. Confirmed attendance graduates only will receive a detailed Q&A about ticket allotment, how to receive your tickets, and how to pass out your tickets.  

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Yes! This event will be live streamed online. The streaming link will be released the week of the ceremony and can be viewed on any device such as cell phones from anywhere. Graduates will receive the link once it is ready.

Graduation vs. Commencement

What is the difference between graduation and commencement?

The commencement ceremony is held once a year at a specific location and time. It honors students who have either completed their program or will complete their program very soon. Participating in a commencement ceremony does not automatically mean the student has graduated from their program, which is why students are able to participate in this ceremony without completing their program/having final grades posted first.

The table below outline when a student is eligible to participate in the ceremony. Students may request an exception to this policy with the approval from the Student Services Office by emailing with your request and explain why you would like an exception.


To graduate from your program, each student must meet the graduation requirements for their program. This can include completing all classes with a satisfactory grade and grade point average (gpa). Students are required to petition to graduation via the University's portal by the end of the second week of the term prior to their final term. To access the petition to graduate form, click here or visit the Transcripts & Registration tab via mySCU and click on Petition to Graduate form.