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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. However, given the recent COVID-19 outbreak, this year’s event has been postponed until December 13, 2020. Graduates from fall 2019, spring 2020, and summer 2020 semesters of the academic year are invited to participate in this new 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 Maddie Caswell, Director of Alumni Relations, at alumnirelations[at]digipen[dot]edu. DigiPen will provide a letter of graduation details to international students to help their families with the visiting visa process.


2020 Commencement

  • Date: Sunday, December 13, 2020
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. PST
  • Location: The ceremony will be virtual, and we are still exploring which platform will serve us best. Please check back for updates.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Will Happen During the Ceremony?

The ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m. and should last approximately 60 to 80 minutes. We anticipate the majority of the event to be live, so please be logged in and ready to view the ceremony promptly at 1:00 p.m. The ceremony will start with a welcome address from Claude Comair, followed by the reading of graduate names and recognition of student accomplishments.

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 via USPS several weeks after graduation. Because many graduates move after graduation, please make sure that your current address is updated in SRS so that we can arrange the mailing of your diploma if necessary. If your current address is not updated in SRS, your diploma will not make it to the correct location. 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 the Office of the Registrar to request a Graduation Verification form.

What if I Have Additional Questions?

If you have a question that we didn’t answer here, please contact alumnirelations[at]digipen[dot]edu.


How to Apply for Graduation

Students should apply to graduate online, using the Student Records System (SRS). 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).

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.