Planning in Advance
Register to Attend
All graduation candidates should have already received a Declaration of Intent to Graduate Survey. If a student did not receive a survey, and plans to graduate June 10, 2022, they should email the Registrar's Office at email@example.com as soon as possible.
All graduating students who are participating in the commencement ceremonies must wear the appropriate Caltech bachelor's, master's, or doctoral regalia. See "Order Your Cap and Gown" below for more details.
All Caltech graduating and separating students are expected to participate in an exit interview process with the Bursar's staff before commencement or leaving the Institute.
Provide Name Pronunciation and Diploma Name Guidance
On April 6, all candidates for graduation were emailed an individualized form from the Registrar's Office. This form requests required information for diplomas and the commencement program, and name pronunciation information for the ceremony. The online form must be completed by Wednesday, April 13. Contact the Registrar's Office as soon as possible if you have not received the form via email.
Order Your Cap and Gown
All graduating students who are participating in the commencement ceremonies must wear the appropriate Caltech bachelor's, master's, or doctoral regalia. This year, caps and gowns, stoles, and house tassels can be ordered online March 17 through April 17. After April 17, students will need to contact the Caltech Store directly to order their regalia. Click here to place your order online.
Have questions? Attend Grad Fair on April 13 to get help placing your online regalia order or receive more information.
Pre-ordered regalia will be available for pick up at the Caltech Store Starting on June 1, 2022.
Complete an Exit Interview
All Caltech graduating and separating students are expected to participate in an exit interview process with the Bursar's staff before Commencement or leaving the Institute.
Graduation Day Details
Academic garb looks best when worn over dark shoes and dark lower garments. The collar of a white shirt or blouse nicely complements the academic robe.
Tassels are worn on the left at all times.
All candidates participating in commencement are expected to reach their specified marshaling area near Caltech Hall Library and check in, in cap and gown, no later than 8:45 a.m. on Friday morning. The commencement ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Latecomers may not be included in the processional.
The event map denotes the specific marshaling locations for candidates by degree:
- BS Candidates: Section A (along the covered walk south of Parsons-Gates)
- MS and Engineer's Candidates: Section B (along the covered walk at the south end of the bridge across the reflecting pool):
- PhD Candidates: Section C (along the covered walk north of East Bridge, behind the M.S. and Engineer's candidates)
Staff will be present to coordinate the assembling of the academic procession.
During the check-in process, all candidates will receive:
- A preprinted named card for the name readers. Candidates are expected to take their name card with them during the processional, and when they approach the platform during the awarding of degrees.
- A photo card for the professional photographers from GradImages photographing the event.
Aside from the name cards, candidates are prohibited from carrying anything with them during the processional. Purses, backpacks, or other personal items will not be permitted to be carried. These items must be checked in before the event and will be available for pick up after the event from the information booth.
Candidates will find a printed program and water bottle on their chairs.
The marching order will be:
- Candidates for the BS degree
- Candidates for the MS and Engineer's degrees
- Candidates for the PhD degree
- Trustees and Speaker
Candidates will process in and sit with other students from their degree program; doctoral candidates will be further organized by division. All students will be lined up in alphabetical order.
Candidates for degrees will follow the marshal of their respective group to their seats on Beckman Mall. Candidates are to remain standing until the chairman of the Board of Trustees asks the audience to be seated at the beginning of the ceremony.
End of Ceremony
Graduates should remain standing after the alma mater and during the recessional march of the faculty, trustees, and the speaker, until the recessional music stops.
There is no formal recessional for graduates.
Photographs and Video
GradImages, a commercial firm, will be at commencement to photograph each graduate as they receive their diploma. Individual and family portraits will be available at several locations and activities in advance of the ceremony (see the event schedule for details). Within five business days of the ceremony, proofs and order forms will be made available to graduates.
The ceremony will be livestreamed at commencement.caltech.edu, and a recording of the event will be available afterward online for those who are not able to attend the ceremony in-person.
Guests are not allowed to take pictures or videos in front of the stage or the graduate seating area. For health and safety reasons, guests will not be permitted to congregate near the stage platform for photos; guests must remain in their seats throughout the ceremony.