Commencement Ceremony

Congratulations Class of 2022!

Message to Our Graduating Class of 2022

On behalf of the faculty and administration, we would like to congratulate the graduating Class of 2022. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your personal and academic journey.
This year’s in-person commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 17th at 1 PM PDT at our Costa Mesa campus in California and our theme is We are Transpersonal, Evolving, Global Changemakers. We’re looking forward to making it a joyous and special occasion for you and your loved ones.
ATTENTION GLOBAL COLLEGE STUDENTS: Due to time zone differences and international travel challenges, we will host a branch ceremony event virtually for MBA in Chinese Language program students. For more information regarding the virtual commencement ceremony for MBA in the Chinese language program, please contact or via Wechat ID: GlobalCollege ” 

Congratulations again to all of our graduates, Class of 2022! 


Join the Celebration!

Join your classmates at this year's in-person ceremony in Costa Mesa, California!

A Few Things to Get Started On If You’re Participating:

  1. Please fill out the Commencement Application. Submissions must be received no later than August 15, 2022.
  2. Please begin ordering your cap & gown regalia ASAP to avoid delays. Review Josten’s Checklist.


Have a question?

Where will the ceremony be held?

The ceremony will be held at our Costa Mesa campus in Southern California. The address is 3333 Harbor Blvd. Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

What day and time is the Commencement?

Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 1:00pm in our Costa Mesa campus.

Is there rehearsal for Commencement?

No there is no rehearsal this year.

What time am I expected to arrive at Sofia University’s Costa Mesa campus for Commencement?

You should arrive by no later than 11:00am.

Do I need to bring anything with me on Commencement Day?

You will need your purchased Cap and Gown. We will NOT have any available for purchase onsite.

Do I need to wear a cap and gown across the stage?

Yes, you will need your cap and gown in order to walk across the stage.

Where may I find parking on Commencement Day?

There is plenty of FREE parking on our Costa Mesa campus. Signs will be posted.

How many guests may I invite, and will they need tickets for Commencement?

You will not be limited to the number of guests you invite. Attendees will not need tickets. Please confirm how many guests will attend on your Graduation form.

Do you provide accommodations for guests with special needs?

Yes, we provide accommodations for guests with special needs, however needs to be contacted in advance.

How early can guests arrive to reserve seats?

Guests may arrive starting at 11 AM PST.

I need to fly, which is the closest airport to the Costa Mesa Campus? 

I need to fly, which is the closest airport to the Costa Mesa Campus?

The closest airport to the Sofia University Costa Mesa campus is 11 miles away: John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA) .

Other options include Long Beach Airport (LGB) and Los Angeles Airport (LAX)

What if it rains or is hot?

This year’s Commencement venue will be held outside at our Costa Mesa campus. Please check the weather and dress accordingly.

What should I wear to Commencement with my cap and gown?

It may get warm during the ceremony so wearing something cool under your cap and gown is suggested.

May I wear flowers with my cap and gown?

Yes you’re more than welcome to wear flowers with your cap and gown.

May I decorate my cap?

If you purchased (not rented) your cap you may decorate it.

May I keep my cap and gown after graduation?

If you purchased (not rented) your cap and gown it is yours to keep.

How do we line up for the Procession?

For the Procession, you will line up by degree level, then program. Staff will be there to assist. For example: Bachelors, then Master’s (Global, Residential, Counselling, Computer Science, MBA).

How can I make sure my name is pronounced correctly?

You will be given a card to write down your name with phonetic pronunciation.

What will I receive on Commencement Day?

On Commencement Day you will receive a diploma cover with a place holder.

May I leave as soon as I cross the stage?

You are asked to return to your seat after you cross the stage for the entire Commencement ceremony. The conferral of the degrees will be done after all have walked across the stage.

Will photos be taken during Commencement?

Yes there will be photos taken before, during, and after the Commencement ceremony by a professional photographer. Afterwards the photographer will send a link out for purchasing the photos.

When will I get my diploma?

You should receive your diploma 4-6 weeks after your last day of class. It will be mailed to the address provided on your Graduation application form. Please note that your Graduation application will not be processed until your student account balance is paid. Further questions should be directed to

Will food be provided on Commencement Day?

A small reception will be held immediately after the ceremony.

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