Frequently Asked Questions
Students who have completed or expect to complete their degree or certificate in summer 2021, fall 2021 or spring 2022 will be invited to participate in the commencement ceremony.
You must complete the following steps:
- Apply for graduation via MyChaffey portal
- Prior to February 28, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. to have your name included in the program
- After February 28th, please make an appointment to see a counselor. (Note: Your name will not appear in the commencement program.)
- Complete the Graduate RSVP form
- Prior to March 31, 2022 to participate in the ceremony and reserve guest tickets (you will also have the option to add your name to the waitlist for additional tickets).
- Prior to April 29, 2022 to participate in the ceremony without guest tickets
- Submit your vaccination card via the District established process
- Prior to April 29, 2022
No, Chaffey College administration has adjusted our COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate to allow eligible students to be permitted to participate in the in-person commencement ceremony. However, if you are a student who is not vaccinated, you will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test wihtin 48-hours of the event.
Yes, you will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48-hours of the event.
You can show the results of your negative COVID-19 test at the Will Call booth located just outside the loading docks of Toyota Arena beginning at 1:00pm on Thursday, May 19. If you would like to show proof on Wednesday, you would go to the commencement office at SSA-228.
You will follow the District-established process as documented HERE. If you have already submitted proof in fall 2021 or this spring 2022, you do not need to submit again.
Students who have earned an associate degree and have a 3.50 GPA or above in degree applicable units will graduate with honors. GPA for Honors at Graduation (listed in commencement ceremony booklet) is computed after the fall semester grades are recorded on the transcript for spring commencement. The eligibility lists at the top of this page will notate students with honors.
To be eligible for selection as valedictorian for the spring commencement ceremony, students must have earned an associate’s degree and a cumulative 4.00 GPA in degree applicable units, and have completed a minimum of 12 degree applicable units at Chaffey College each consecutive term, except the first term in college may be fewer than 12 units.
Members of the graduating class are invited to apply to be considered for the role of Class Speaker. To be selected as the Class Speaker for the Chaffey College Commencement ceremony is a great honor and carries great responsibility as the individual chosen represents the graduating class and the entire Chaffey College student body. This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Click 2022 Commencement Class Speaker for more information about goals, eligibility, and to apply to be the class speaker. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, February 22nd. If your speech is selected for an audition, the auditions will be held on Friday, February 25th. Once you submit your application, please check your panther email for a confirmation email containing more information about an audition.
Auditions to be the National Anthem Singer for the 2022 Commencement ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 23 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. and Thursday, February 24 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. Auditions for both days will be held in CAE-101. In order to be eligible, you must be cleared to participate in the 2022 commencement ceremony and be in good disciplinary standing. No application or appointment is necessary, just be present during one of the audition timeframes.
RSVP FOR COMMENCEMENT
You must have applied for a degree or certificate and been found eligible for graduation. If you are eligible to graduate, you will receive an email inviting you to RSVP. The RSVP will go live on Tuesday, February 1st.
Once you have applied for graduation and been found eligible, you will receive an email with instructions to RSVP. The late RSVP deadline (last day to RSVP) is Friday, April 29, 2022. The list of eligible students will be posted on the commencement website and include those who have agreed to have their name listed in the commencement program. If you are eligible, but you did not want your name in the commencement program, your name will not be on the eligibility list.
If you were unable to RSVP, did you:
- meet the February 28th deadline to apply for graduation
- receive an email indicating you are eligible to participate
If you did not meet the bullets listed above, please contact the counseling office to review your eligibility to RSVP.
The Center for Culture and Social Justice in partnership with the Chaffey College Umoja Community and the Chaffey College Latino Faculty and Staff Association, is looking forward to celebrating our graduates during cultural graduation celebrations! To RSVP, please use the links below:
The Lavender Graduation Celebration on Friday, May 6 at 6pm
The Black/African American Celebration of Graduates on Saturday, May 7 at 12pm
The Nuestra Graduation Celebration on Sunday, May 15 at 2pm
All registrations close on Wednesday, April 27. Please contact email@example.com with any questions.
You will be notified via email once your tickets are available for pick-up. They will be located in the Admissions & Records Office in the Student Services/Administration (SSA) building. The office is open from 7:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday.
No, we will be unable to release any additional or "extra" guest tickets.
PREPARE FOR COMMENCEMENT
There is no rehearsal. We will provide you with all the instructions that you need via email, as well as, during check-in and line-up, prior to the procession into the arena.
Your name will appear in the program if you met the February 28th deadline to apply for graduation via the MyChaffey Portal and indicated on your application that you would like your name printed in the program.
Grad Fest is a one-stop-shop to pick-up everything you need for commencement. You can purchase your regalia, meet vendors for announcements, pick-up the guest tickets you RSVP’d for, and much more.
A Grad Fest event will be held on all three campuses.
Rancho - Wednesday, April 20 from 12pm to 6pm
Chino - Thursday, April 21 from 3pm to 5pm
Fontana - Friday, April 22 from 3pm to 5pm
All students who RSVP'd indicating they would be attending a Grad Fest event will receive a confirmation email with additional details the week prior to the event.
If you are unable to attend Grad Fest, you can pick-up your guest tickets at the Rancho campus Admissions & Records office beginning Monday, April 25th. If you purchased a grad bag from the Campus Store, you can pick-up your grad bag at the Campus Store following the grad fest. See the Campus Store website for business hours.
Information regarding how to purchase graduation announcements will be available on the Chaffey College Campus Store website.
The First Generation Alumni Panel Presentation will be held virtually on Wednesday, May 4 from 12noon to 1pm. Click HERE to join.
The Entrepreneur Alumni Panel Presentation will be held virtually on Thursday, May 5 from 12noon to 1pm. Click HERE to join.
Dress appropriately for the special occasion. If you do not have your regalia (which includes a cap, gown, and tassel) you will not be able to participate in the ceremony.
Students who RSVP will receive a link to the Campus Store in your RSVP confirmation with instructions on how to begin purchasing their regalia and/or grad bag through the Campus Store website. Distribution of regalia/grad bags will begin at Grad Fest events scheduled at the Chino, Fontana, and Rancho Campuses. Following those events, purchased regalia/grad bag can be picked up at the Chaffey College Campus Store or mailed to your home. Please visit the Chaffey College Campus Store website for more information.
A grad bag contains an assortment of items typically worn or associated with graduation. The bag will include: cap and gown, tassel, sash, and an alumni membership. The cost of the bag is $99.
You will receive a link to the Campus Store website in your RSVP confirmation. Use the link to purchase a grad bag or any commencement related items.
No. Only college approved regalia is allowed, as this is Chaffey College’s commencement ceremony. College staff may ask you to remove any non-approved or inappropriate regalia.
It is completely acceptable to decorate your cap. Please be respectful when decorating your cap, but have fun. Please note that your graduation gown should not be decorated.
Yes, face coverings will be required regardless of vaccination status. However, you will have the ability to remove your mask temporarily as you accept your degree/certificate cover on stage.
To allow time for commencement participants to go through the arena security and vaccination check, robe, take photos, and find their places in the processional line, commencement participants must arrive 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.
Check-in for Ceremony Line-up will be at 2:30 p.m.
You will be seated next to the graduates who are in line behind you and in front of you during the processional. So if you would like to sit with your friends, be sure to line up together as there is no holding spots in line.
To keep the ceremony on time, the procession of students into the arena will begin without late students. This means you will not be able to process into the ceremony with friends and you will not be able to sit next to them during the ceremony.
The ceremony will last approximately three (3) hours. Participants are not permitted to leave the commencement ceremony early.
Do not bring any personal belongings to the processional line-up and robing location; give them to friends or family before checking in at the loading docks (guests are not allowed in the line-up and robing location). There is no secure storage area and staff are prohibited from holding any personal items for graduates and will not be responsible for lost items.
Yes, for those family members and friends who are unable to attend the 105th Commencement, Chaffey College is pleased to offer a live video stream of the ceremony. More details will be provided as they become available.
No, parking is FREE.
The Arena is accessible via the Omnitrans bus (Line 81) - the nearest stop is Concourse and Mercedes Lane.
Connect With Other Graduates
How can I connect with other graduates on social media?
Use the hashtag #chaffey22 to join the conversation on Twitter and see what’s trending among your fellow graduates and alumni.
TICKETS / GUESTS
You can RSVP for up to four (4) guests.
Yes, tickets will be required to enter the arena for guests age two (2) and up. Tickets will be reserved by completing the Student Graduate RSVP Form. Please note: Tickets are not required for Student Graduates.
Guests should review the arena website for more information on current mask wearing and vaccination requirements.
You have until Wednesday, May 18th to pick-up your tickets in the Admissions & Records office. If you do not pick-up by this date, your tickets will be available at the Will Call booth located outside the loading dock at Toyota Arena.
No, at this time we will not be releasing any additional or "extra" guest tickets.
Lost tickets cannot and will not be reissued.
The parking lots will open by 2:00 p.m. and the doors to the arena will open at 2:30 p.m. Please plan to arrive with plenty of time to get parking and get through the security and vaccination check before the start of the ceremony.
No. You will receive a diploma/certificate cover containing a certificate of participation. The Admissions and Records Office mails your diploma/certificate to you 3 - 4 months after your degree/certificate is posted. Keep us informed of your current address to ensure delivery of your transcript and diploma.
The Alumni Association will have a table at Grad Fest and the Commencement ceremony. You can also go to the website at: https://www.chaffey.edu/alumni/
If I have additional questions about the commencement ceremony, who do I contact?
Please contact the Commencement Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.