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.
Details regarding the 2023 Commencement ceremony will be made available later this year.
For those looking for an archive of the 2022 Commencement ceremony livestream, please view this recap video.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I Have to Purchase Regalia?
Students are required to purchase a cap and gown package to participate in the Commencement Ceremony. This package includes your graduation gown, graduation cap with degree-program tassel, and red DigiPen stole. You may purchase your regalia directly from our vendor, Jostens.
All refunds and exchanges must be handled through the vendor directly, rather than through DigiPen. If you have questions regarding potential refunds, we suggest that you reach out to the Jostens customer service team prior to ordering.
How Many Guests Can I Invite?
Students are currently allowed to invite four guests to the ceremony. Tickets will be available for pick up in March (students will be notified via email of exact pick up dates). DigiPen-branded announcements and invitations can also be purchased through Jostens.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be following all Washington state regulations regarding large gatherings. Currently, this includes requiring proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours of the event for all guests. We will be strictly enforcing this rule at the door and guests should be prepared to provide this documentation at that time.
We advise that you notify your guests of these expectations, so they can make the best choice for them regarding whether or not to attend. Be advised that regulations vary by state and county, so your out-of-town guests may be unaware that this is a requirement. It will be your responsibility to inform them.
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 you will receive your diploma after the ceremony takes place. You can select whether you would like to pick up your diploma from DigiPen or have it mailed to you in Colleague Self-Service, via your Graduation Application.
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 at registrar.us[at]digipen[dot]edu.
What if I Have Additional Questions?
The Commencement Committee is here to help! If you have a question that we didn’t answer here, please feel free to contact:
Maddie Caswell, Director of Alumni Relations & Commencement Chair at alumnirelations[at]digipen[dot]edu.
How to Apply for Graduation
Students should apply to graduate online, using the Colleague Self-Service platform. Please fill out all portions of this form, including your diploma pick-up preferences and whether you will be walking in the ceremony.
Graduating students are responsible for making sure they have satisfied all major requirements to graduate. It is strongly recommended that you meet with your Student Success Advisor (SSA) 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.