DigiPen’s Commencement ceremony brings together families, friends, and DigiPen’s faculty and staff to honor and recognize our graduating students. Commencement is typically held within two weeks after the spring semester final exam week. Graduates from fall, spring, and summer semesters of the academic year are invited to participate in the ceremony as we celebrate their incredible work and the completion of their degree requirements.
For questions about any aspect of graduation or the graduation ceremony, please contact Student Affairs. DigiPen will provide a letter of graduation details to international students to help their families with the visiting visa process.
Frequently Asked Questions
When Should I Arrive?
Graduates should arrive between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Guests must remember to bring their tickets, as they cannot be admitted to the hall without them. Guests should be seated by 12:50 p.m. and the ceremony will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m.
What Happens During the Ceremony?
The ceremony begins at 1:00 p.m. and should last approximately 75 to 90 minutes. Graduates will enter the auditorium with processional music — Claude Comair will lead the procession, followed by faculty and then students in alphabetical order by the degree programs. Candidates for graduation will sit at the front of the center section. During the conferrals of degrees each class will get up together and move to stage right. Graduates will then walk up and across the stage as their names are called. As you collect your diploma don’t forget to smile so mom or dad can snap a photo of the big moment. A short reception with light refreshments follows the ceremony.
When Will I Receive My Official Diploma?
Since the Commencement Ceremony occurs the weekend following finals, all of your grades have not been received — therefore your official diploma will be mailed to you in about six weeks. Make sure that we have an address where we can mail your diploma. Also, many graduates move after graduation so, if you do, make sure we have your new address. Occasionally, an employer will require proof of graduation. If you need proof of graduation and you have not yet received your diploma, we can provide proof through a Graduation Verification form. Email Student Affairs to request a Graduation Verification form.
Where Should My Visiting Guests Stay?
We have provided a list of accommodations.
What if I Have Additional Questions?
If you have a question that we didn’t answer here, contact Student Affairs.
How to Apply for Graduation
Students should apply to graduate online, using the Student Records System (SRS), no later than December 1, 2018. Include your name as you would like it to appear on your diploma (you must include at least your first initial and full last name). Graduates will also need to pay an administrative graduation fee of $100 to Hiroko Honda in Accounting (425-629-5025) before commencement. Students will not receive their diploma until this fee is paid.
Students wanting to participate in the commencement ceremony on April 28th, 2019 should fill out a Cap and Gown Order form and submit it to the DigiPen Bookstore by Friday, March 1, 2019 at 4:00 PM. A Cap and Gown Order Form can be picked up from the DigiPen Bookstore, from the Career and Alumni Center, or from the Dragon’s Lair, located on the second floor. The $60 regalia fee must be paid at the time the order form is submitted.
On the Cap and Gown Order form, there is also a request for commencement tickets. All family, friends, and guests of graduating students need a ticket to enter the venue, so please request the number of tickets you need. Each student is allotted up to 5 tickets and extras are distributed depending on availability. Students requesting extra tickets must e-mail Student Affairs by Friday, March 1, 2019.
Graduating students are responsible for making sure they have satisfied all major requirements in order to graduate. It is strongly recommended that you meet with your academic advisor to perform a degree audit, identify any missing requirements, and verify that you are on track to graduate. Should you have any questions regarding requirements or degree audits, contact Student Affairs.