Fall Commencement 2022

Congratulations graduates! You made it — and we couldn't be more proud of your accomplishments.

Line of six graduates throw hands and caps toward sky in celebrating Commencement 2022

Here you will find everything you and your family need to know about Fall Commencement 2022, including how to prepare and what to expect on the big day. 

New Commencement Ceremony

As a pilot offering, and in addition to the ceremony always offered in spring, Dominican is hosting a commencement ceremony in December 2022. When eligible, students may participate in one commencement ceremony. 

Fall Commencement 2022 Events

Saturday, October 29, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm | Fanjeaux Hall Bookstore & Student Union

During business hours, December 1 through 9, 2022  | Registrar’s Office, Bertrand Hall

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY (graduate and undergraduate)
Saturday, December 10, 10:00 am | Angelico Concert Hall
Click Here to Livestream

PRESIDENT’S RECEPTION (graduate and undergraduate)
Saturday, December 10, 11:30 am | Caleruega Shield Room

Get Ready

Please contact the Office of the Registrar for an application to graduate, graduate readiness notification (audit status), information about collecting special honors medallions and department honors cords, and information about receiving your diploma by mail. 

Saturday, October 29, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm | Fanjeaux Hall Bookstore

Visit the Dominican Bookstore or Grad Fair to order your academic regalia. The Dominican Bookstore is the official provider of academic regalia (caps & gowns) for the commencement ceremony. The bookstore provides students the opportunity to view and purchase regalia packages (discounted during Grad Fair), order personalized announcements and/or class jewelry, and enter the bookstore raffle for an opportunity to win prizes (including a diploma frame). Please note that neither the bookstore, nor the University, provide rental regalia for commencement.

A photographer may be present at the Grad Fair for professional, high resolution, graduate and profile portraits; complimentary sittings are provided by diFranco Photography. Schedule your appointment here.

Note about Regalia on the Campus Store Website
The bookstore is in the process of transitioning to a graduation vendor who can provide us with consistent product availability in all categories. This change also gives the bookstore increased opportunities to highlight and celebrate Dominican programs, clubs, organizations, and learning communities. During this transition, grad related caps, gowns, hoods, and other accessories will temporarily be removed from the bookstore website. Regalia and accessories will return to the website after the Grad Fair.
Regalia may be ordered through November 30, 2022

Dominican has partnered with Jostens to create personalized graduation announcements and class jewelry. View announcement, jewelry, and graduation accessory options online at Dominican's Jostens site.

During business hours, December 1 through 9, 2022  | Registrar’s Office, Bertrand Hall

Each graduating student will receive 4 guest tickets. Persons without a ticket to the event will not be allowed entry to the venue. The commencement ceremony will be live streamed (audio and video) for those unable to attend in-person. Graduating students do not need a ticket in order to participate in the ceremony. 

Come to Bertrand Hall during business hours starting December 1 to see friends and pick-up your tickets for your Commencement ceremony guests (four tickets per graduating student). As a welcome to the Dominican Alumni Association, you will also receive your Alumni welcome gift.

To pick up your tickets you must

  • Bring your student ID. 
  • Have a clear business account (no balance) and have complied with any outstanding issues or missing documents per your degree audit. 

On the Day

  • Graduates should arrive between 8:45 am and 9:15 am. 
    • Undergraduate student check-in is on the first floor of Guzman Hall
    • Graduate student check-in is in Meadowlands Assembly Hall.
  • Come fully dressed in academic regalia (gown, hood, and mortarboard) and pick up a card with your name on it at one of four tables, organized by school.
  • Line up according to the school in which you are enrolled. Students do not have to march in alphabetical order, but they do have to march with their school. 
  • After you enter the venue, please be seated. When your school is called to receive your diploma, you will hand your card to the speaker, who will read your name as you walk across the stage to collect your diploma. If your name may be difficult to pronounce, please be sure it is written phonetically on your card. The ceremony should last about one hour. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Commencement will be live-streamed (audio and video).

View Livestream

We are planning for an indoor, in-person ceremony on the Dominican University of California campus. We appreciate your cooperation in following our COVID safety measures, which are periodically updated. Currently, masks are optional indoors.  Attendees who are sick, having symptoms, or within their isolation period based on a recent COVID+ test, should not attend the event. Live-streaming will be available for those who cannot attend in-person.

Fall Commencement will be held in Angelico Concert Hall. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and will end by 11:30 a.m. Guests should remain seated until the Ceremony is finished. Students must arrive between 8:45 am and 9:15 a.m. to line up for the procession.

Each graduating student will receive 4 tickets for the commencement event.  Guests without tickets will not be allowed entry to the venue but can watch the ceremony via web broadcast. The link will be provided here prior to the event. We encourage your guests to arrive prior to 9:30 am to ensure they find an available seat. Doors will open at 9:00 a.m.

We encourage your guests to carpool or take public transportation. If driving to campus, we recommend budgeting ample time for parking (which is very limited) and walking to the event site.

  • Graduating students should park cars along Magnolia (near the Magnolia House and Caleruega) or in the residence hall lots at Edgehill Village and Fanjeaux Hall so that guests can use the Conlan parking lot. 
  • Guests should park: 
    • On Grand Avenue or within the main campus core
    • In the Conlan Center lot on Grand Avenue
    • In the Belle Avenue lot
  • All other on-campus parking is reserved for staff, faculty, and trustees. 
  • We discourage guests from parking in the immediate neighborhood as a courtesy to our campus neighbors. 

There are limited accessible spaces on the Dominican campus. If you have a guest with mobility needs, we recommend driving the guest to Angelico Concert Hall and then parking your vehicle.  Guests with limited mobility should consider a wheelchair, for which special seating will be available in the venue on a first-come, first served basis.

Because of high demand for sign language interpreters, we must confirm if an interpreter will be needed as soon as possible. Please let us know by October 15 if an interpreter is needed. To request accommodations for disabilities and hearing impairments, including ASL, please contact accessibility@dominican.edu

The Fall Commencement ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and should end between 11-11:30 a.m. Please be advised to arrive early, as the ceremony will start on time. Students must arrive by 9:15 a.m. to line up for the procession. 

We recommend arriving early, especially if your guest requires a seat in our accessible section, as these tend to fill up quite quickly. "Saving" blocks of seats for guests arriving late is not allowed. Each graduating student will receive 4 tickets for the commencement event. The venue will have enough seating for ticketed guests. 

A professional photographer will be at commencement. Photos from the day will be available for free download approximately one month after the event.

Only the official Dominican photographer will be allowed inside the venue to capture the event. We do not allow guests to leave their seats or block aisles to take photos. 


We hope all graduating students will participate in Commencement when they become eligible, but it’s not required. If you participate, regalia is required and we ask that you stay through the duration of the ceremony out of respect for other graduates and their families. 

When you cross the stage, you will receive a diploma cover with a letter inside stating that your diploma will be mailed to you in March. Please make sure the Office of the Registrar has your correct (non-campus) mailing address.

Please book accommodations (hotels or home-stay sites) as soon as possible. The following hotels have special Dominican rates:

Four Points Sheraton | Book here
Embassy Suites | Book directly with the hotel at (415) 499-9222 and provide our corporate number #0560042824

A visitor guide can be found here.

If you have specific questions or need additional information or clarification, please contact the appropriate office/department listed below:

Academic regalia and accessories, personalized Dominican graduation announcements, memorabilia, Dominican and Alumni apparel and gifts Campus Bookstore
Application to graduate, graduate readiness notification, honors medallions and cords, diploma information Office of the Registrar
Request for accommodations
at commencement
Accessibility and Disability Services
General event questions commencement@dominican.edu