Frequently Asked Questions
If you completed or expect to complete your degree or certificate in summer 2020, fall 2020 or spring 2021, you will be invited to participate in the commencement ceremony. Once you’ve applied, check your Panther email for your eligibility notification.
You can check your status online via the portal.
You must complete the following steps:
- Apply for graduation via MyChaffey portal prior to:
- February 24, 2021 to have your name included in the program
- March 19, 2021 to be included in the ceremony (your name will not be included in the program if you RSVP after February 24th)
- Complete the Graduate RSVP form
- Register to participate in the ceremony (details will be included with your RSVP confirmation)
If you have earned an associate degree and have a 3.50 GPA or above in degree applicable units, you 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.
You 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. If you are eligible to be a valedictorian, you will be notified by the commencement office by April 15th.
As COVID-19 is continuously changing and the state’s health and safety regulations are impacted as a result of increased cases, the college has decided to honor and celebrate our graduates in a virtual ceremony to be debuted on May 20, 2021. The ceremony will include pre-recorded speeches from the superintendent/president, a keynote speaker, your commencement class speaker, as well as, a slideshow of all participating graduates with their name being called.
Yes, the college has contracted with a company who will coordinate our virtual ceremony. In order to be included in the event, you must RSVP to provide current contact information in order to receive additional details on how to be included in the ceremony.
You will be contacted (via text message or email) with instructions on how to be included in the ceremony.
The virtual ceremony will be debuted on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Additional details on how to access the ceremony will be provided on this page in May and emailed to all participants.
You will receive a link to the Campus Store website for more information regarding how you may purchase academic regalia and/or a grad bag.
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 will be provided at a reduced rate of $50/bag. Regular price of the grad bag is approximately $100.
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. Any pictures using any non-approved or inappropriate regalia may be removed from ceremony activities.
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, a drive thru Grad Fest will be held the week of April 12th. Additional details will be provided in your RSVP confirmation.
Grad Fest will be the first of several commencement activities available for our graduates. This event will be held in a drive thru format and will be the first day commencement regalia will begin being distributed to our graduates. You want to have purchased a grad bag or commencement related items prior to April 7th in order to have those items available for pick-up during Grad Fest.
If you are unable to attend Grad Fest, anything that you purchased will be available for pick-up after Grad Fest during the Campus Store business hours. See the Campus Store website for business hours.
Yes, we would like all graduates participating in the slideshow to provide a picture of themselves in their cap and gown. However, if you do not want to purchase a cap and gown, an AR filter will be available that will allow you to put a virtual cap and gown on for a picture. Additional details will be available in early March.
GradImages will be on campus following Grad Fest to hold free graduation photo sessions. These photography sessions are by appointment only to ensure that we follow appropriate protocols and social-distancing requirements. Masks are required and students will be screened for COVID prior to the session.
Additional information regarding the sessions will be posted here and in your RSVP confirmation.
You will be able to view and order your photos by visiting their website at www.gradimages.com.
Simply enter your last name, your school name: school and select 2021 from the dropdown menu.
Once you see your name, click on the link to view your photos.
If you need additional help to locate your photos, call the GradImages customer service department at 800-261-2576 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Connect With Other Graduates
How can I connect with other graduates on social media?
Use the hashtag #chaffey21 to join the conversation on Twitter and see what’s trending among your fellow graduates and alumni.