University Commencement 2022

A time for reflection and celebration at CIU.

Virtual Graduation Ceremony 2022

Important Message About 2022 Commencement

To mitigate the risk of large-group gatherings for the foreseeable future, we are carefully following the advice of health officials regarding the current global health crisis.
Currently, the Centers for Disease Control recommends canceling large-group events as they can contribute to the spread of COVID-19. We have also received guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) requesting the closure of indoor operations for some business sectors, including places of cultural ceremonies.
For these reasons, and unfortunately for a second year in a row, CIU has made the difficult decision to postpone its Fall 2021 commencement ceremony scheduled for Saturday, October 23, 2021.
We know commencement is an important event for our students, families, faculty, and staff. To be clear, I want to assure you that commencements scheduled for Saturday, October 23 will be rescheduled for October 2022. We take great pride in our commencement traditions, and we don’t want you to miss out on the opportunity to celebrate your accomplishments with family, friends, fellow students, faculty, and staff of the university. However, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must prioritize the health and safety of every individual who may be negatively impacted by a large-group gathering, especially higher-risk family and friends.
As always, if you have any questions, please contact Gina Borelli at
Thank you for your understanding,

Gina Borelli

Director of Academic Administration and University Registrar


Commencement Details

Eligibility Criteria:

  • All degree requirements and required courses, must be completed in full by the end of Term 8 2022 – Sunday, December 18.  This includes:
    • Any and all required coursework,
    • Completion of any Comprehensive Competency Assessments (CCA),
    • Successful Oral Defense of the Dissertation at the doctoral level.
  • Candidates are encouraged to review their academic progress by contacting their Academic Advisor by calling (949) 359-0068