San Diego and Irvine 2013 Commencement
Commencement Ceremony Location & Date
Hilton Bayfront | Sapphire Ballroom
One Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
Friday, May 24, 2013
8:30/11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Checklist for Graduates
Step 1 - Correspondence
Read all correspondence from the University regarding Commencement and contact your Academic Advisor or Program Director for any program-specific graduation requirements.
Step 2 - Register for Commencement
To participate in the spring 2013 graduation ceremony on May 24, 2013, students must meet the below Registrar's Office minimum requirements:
Undergraduate students: Must have no more than 15 units to be completed in the summer term (18 if qualified). Students must be registered in advance for these units.
Terminal Master's degree students: Must have completed all degree requirements by the end of the term of graduation (spring 2013).
Doctoral students: The Registrar's office requires that students defend their dissertations by Friday, May 3, 2013 to walk in the ceremony and have their name/dissertation title published in the Commencement Program. To walk in the ceremony but not have your name/dissertation in the Commencement Program you must defend your dissertation by Friday, May 17, 2013. (Please be aware that a student's program may have more stringent deadlines requiring that students not only defend but turn in their completed dissertations to the library by a specific date to participate in the ceremony.)
If you meet the Registrar's Office minimum requirements, you must then register for Commencement. Registration ensures that your name appears in the Commencement Program and allows you to walk in the ceremony. You must give the Registrar your full name, program, degree, name of your chairperson and dissertation title (if a Doctoral student), and number of guests attending. You can notify the Registrar's Office by clicking here.
Step 3 - Order your Cap and Gown
Students purchase their Commencement regalia through Oak Hall. Orders can be placed online at: https://college.oakhalli.com/college/alliant/. Orders placed after April 26, 2013 will incur a $20 late fee. Orders placed on or after May 5, 2013 will incur a $25.00 rush fee and must be made over the phone by calling 1-800-456-7623. The last day to place your order to ensure delivery before Commencement is May 5, 2012.
Step 4 - Order Personalized Announcements (optional)
Step 5 - Commencement Ceremony
Students arrive at the Hilton Bayfront on Friday, May 24, 2014 no later than 8:30 AM for Commencement. The procession begins at 10:30 AM and the ceremony begins at 11:00 AM. Guests should arrive at 10:00 AM.
Thursday, March 28, 2013 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Visit https://college.oakhalli.com/college/alliant/ to place your order.
Those receiving a Doctoral degree will carry their hoods to the ceremony for hooding on the stage by their chairperson and Dean. You will hold the hood over your arm as you walk across the stage, and hand it to your chairperson. Those receiving a Master’s degree will wear their hoods to the ceremony. There are no hoods for Bachelor regalia.
Orders placed after April 26, 2013 will incur a $20 late fee. Orders placed after May 5, 2013 will incur a $25.00 rush fee and must be made over the phone by calling 1-800-456-7623. The last day to place your order to ensure delivery before Commencement is May 5, 2013.
California Candids will take photographs at the stage area as you receive your diploma. California Candids will also be available during the reception outside the Sapphire Ballroom for still photographs. Graduates may also go back into the ballroom during the reception to take personal photos. To contact California Candids, call (858) 571-7370.
Graduates will meet on the 3rd floor of the hotel in Aqua room 306B for the formation of the academic procession. Light refreshments will be provided. You will obtain a reader card printed with your name on it from a Registrar's Office representative in this area. You will then line up with other students in your cohort for the processional, with assistance from the Marshals.
Below is a map of the 3rd floor of the hotel. Please meet in Aqua 306B.
10:00 AM – Guest seating
If you or a member of your family requires accommodations, please contact Accessibility Services at 858-635-4471 no later than May 7th.
The processional will begin promptly at 10:30 AM. Wear the tassel on your mortarboard on the right side. The procession will proceed to the seats directly in front of the stage. When you reach your seat, remain standing until you are instructed to be seated. The ceremony will begin at 11:00 AM.
The Recessional March down the main aisle will begin at the direction of the Marshals. The President’s party will leave the stage first, followed by the faculty and then by the graduates.
Note to Our New Alumni
Congratulations! Commencement is an inspirational and exciting time for you and your family! You are now joining over 30,000 alumni of Alliant International University. We are sure you will make a difference in the world, just as many other Alliant alumni have done and continue to do.
Your fellow alumni have gone on to become world-renowned psychologists, couples and
family therapists, educators, government leaders, international entrepreneurs, leaders
of universities, authors, television stars and even academy award winners. You are
in great company when you proudly state you are a graduate of Alliant International
The Alliant Alumni Association, which includes graduates from a rich 84 year history at Balboa University (1926-1959), Cal Western (1959-1973), United States International University (1973-2001), California School of Professional Psychology (1972-2000), and now Alliant International University (2001-present) are excited to welcome you to this incredible worldwide network.
You are important to us, and we want to stay connected!
Another efficient way to keep current with your friends, both internationally and domestically, is through e-mail and the university’s on-line community, Alliant Connect (www.alliantconnect.org). Join in; it’s free, and you can use this page to connect with alumni as you continue to enrich your Alliant International University experience.
Our Alumni Association wishes you great success as you travel through life with the valuable knowledge and experience you have gained at Alliant. Stay connected!