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Fall 2021 Commencement Information

We look forward with anticipation as plans are underway to have an in-person commencement ceremony this December.

Considering the current local and state guidelines related to COVID-19 for gatherings and events, we have proactively determined to host our fall commencement ceremonies outside.

We will be hosting our fall ceremonies outside at the Fresno Fair Grounds in the Paul Paul Theater. This year we will be including the hooding of our master’s degree students in the main commencement ceremonies.

Here is additional information about the plans currently underway:​

  • On Saturday, December 11, 2021, we will host our commencement ceremonies. To view the live stream of both the 9am and 2pm commencement ceremony, please visit this page.

  • Due to the size and scope of our commencement and the size of the venue, we will be hosting two ceremonies this year and will incorporate the hooding of our master’s degree students into these ceremonies.

  • Ceremonies will be divided by schools. Each of our five schools will be included into one of the two ceremonies.

  • The first ceremony will take place at 9:00 a.m. with gates opening for guests at 8:00 a.m. This ceremony will include graduates in the School of Business, School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences and the Biblical Seminary.

  • The second ceremony will take place at 2:00 p.m. with gates opening for guests at 1:00 p.m. This ceremony will include graduates in the School of Natural Sciences and the School of Education.

  • Ceremonies are planned to take place rain or shine, with one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

  • We are inviting back any student who completed their degree in 2020 and spring 2021 to participate in this December’s ceremonies. We recognize the value of the in-person experience and want to provide the opportunity for those students and their families. Students from fall and spring 2020 and spring of 2021 will need to sign up by September 30 at 11:59pm to be eligible to participate. Late registrations will not be accepted. These students have been emailed information on how to sign up. If you did not receive the email with the sign-up link and feel you should have please email

  • If you are a current student who plans to participate in the December ceremony, you must complete your degree application online as part of the Registrar’s office standard operating procedure. The degree application can be completed through MyFPU. The deadline to apply to participate, and to have your name included in the printed program, is September 30.

  • Currently tickets will not be required for guests to attend the commencement ceremonies, however if state or local guidelines related to COVID-19 change, and we must limit the number of people in attendance, we will provide you with updated information.

  • We will continue to follow state and local COVID-19 guidelines related to gatherings and events. We will respond accordingly if guidelines and requirements change.

As additional information is available, students will receive an email and this page will also be updated. More than ever, we are excited to host an in-person ceremony again and look forward to the opportunity to celebrate together!


Please refer to the key on the map which indicates the open parking lots. There is no cost for parking. Please also note the different entrances indicated on the map. One entrance (gate 4) is for guests and a separate entrance (gate 2) is for graduates, admin, staff, faculty, and board of trustee members. Signs will also be up to help direct you. Please provide yourself with ample time for parking and to get to the entrance and into the lineup area.

Commencement Medallion

Commencement Medallion

Show your FPU pride with a unique zipper-pull medallion to wear on your grad gown. Make a gift of $20.21 or more to the university in honor of your grad year, and we’ll thank you by providing you with a medallion. Your small gift will have a big impact on students next year through the Scholarship Fund. You will be able to pick up your medallion before the commencement ceremony in the graduate line-up area.

Make your gift here.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Ali Sena at

FPU Bookshop

The FPU Bookshop on the main campus is well stocked and welcomes students to purchase regalia from their bulk supply. Currently, the bookshop hours are from Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The phone number is 559-453-2078.

Virtual Ring Events:

In store Ring Sale Event is October 19 & 20 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. A Josten's representative will be in store with special ring discount on these 2 days only.


Regalia returns if purchased through Josten’s website may be returned within 30 days of purchase with receipt. All returns must be unopened and in their original packaging. When returning items, please include the following information:

  • Include name, address, phone number, school name and reason

  • Write the information on the original package slip if possible

  • Return to address: Jostens Returns, 501 Lynn Avenue, Laurens, SC 29360

  • Call or email Jostens Consumer Contact Center with your tracking number at 800-854-7464 or email tracking number to

  • Credit will be issued after receipt of return. No refund on shipping costs.

If you purchased your regalia in store, if may be returned within 30 days before the ceremony and only if unopened. No returns are accepted after Friday, December 10, 2021.

Purchasing Regalia

Regalia is available for purchase on Jostens' website and can be shipped to your home (shipping charges apply). Shipping may take about six weeks to receive. Regalia can also be purchased at the bookshop on FPU’s main campus.

Due to COVID-19 and the uncertainty of shipping, we cannot guarantee the delivery of regalia if the order is placed after October 11 on the Jostens’ website. If you have any concerns about shipping and delivery, please call or email the FPU Bookshop for any additional questions. Again, commencement regalia can be purchased in person at the FPU Bookshop. Please note, phone orders are not accepted

Honors Cords: If you have received Latin honors, you will receive an email from the Registrar’s office with information about when and where to pick them up. Pick up of the honors cords is available on our main campus and at our regional campuses.

Souvenir 2021 Tassel

Souvenir FPU tassels (pictured above) are available in the bookstore. They are $8.00 each and quantities are limited

The FPU Bookshop carries a variety of alumni products and diploma frames. You can also shop online here.

*Students can now choose to have any items picked up at the bookstore on the main campus. Regalia is not available for purchase or pick up at any of our regional campuses. If you would like items shipped directly to you, please select ground shipping/home delivery.