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Graduation Schedule

The 2022 graduation ceremony was livestreamed on July 30th, 2022. For the recorded video, please see the link below at our YouTube channel.

The next live, in-person graduation ceremonies are planned for January 2023 in Santa Barbara, California.

  • School of Leadership Studies: January 14, 2023. Ceremony begins 2pm. Dance/reception at 6:30pm
  • School of Psychology: January 21, 2023. Ceremony begins 7:30pm. Dance/reception immediately following ceremony

Students or alumni who wish to participate in any graduation ceremony must formally register their request to participate in the ceremony using WebAdvisor Self-Service during the registration period. Registration opens October 17 and closes November 8th.

Doctoral/RCP Ceremony Deadlines

There are three major deadlines for the doctoral student to keep in mind. The below information assumes that the student will also be conducting their Final Oral Review (FOR) any time prior to the ceremony.

1. Nov 8, 2022 – Request to participate in the ceremony: The request to participate is submitted as part of registering action in WebAdvisor.

Late registration for graduation is not allowed due to the preparatory steps that commence immediately after the deadline.

2. Nov 8, 2022 – Dissertation to full committee deadline:  The version of the dissertation the student plans to present at the Final Oral Review should go out to the entire committee well in advance so that the chair can readily provide his/her approval that the FOR can be scheduled.

3. Nov 30, 2022 – Degree audit deadline: Upon this deadline, the Registrar’s Office runs the student degree audit (same as the student’s personal version in WebAdvisor) to verify that all essential degree requirements are recorded as complete. Essentially, the requirements that can be remaining are:                     

    • The Final Oral Review –  as long as it is scheduled to occur prior to the ceremony;
    • The dissertation submission for proofreading;
    • The binding and filing of the final dissertation;
    • For Clinical students – the internship can be still in progress as long as the placement is scheduled to end within 60 days of the ceremony. There is also a limited exception to the 60 day rule that can be requested, see the Graduation Ceremony Participation policy link on this page.

If a doctoral student has not met the above deadlines, they cannot be permitted to participate in the ceremony. The Student Accounts office also does a financial check and can restrict a student from participating in the ceremony.

Any doctoral graduate can request to participate in a ceremony after their degree has already been conferred, and assuming they have no financial obligations their request to participate will be approved.

Master’s Ceremony Deadlines

Master’s students can request to participate in a ceremony if their degree has already been conferred or if they are in their final semester when the request is filed. If in their last semester, the instructors for their last class(es) will need to verify with the Office of the Registrar that the student will be able to pass the classes before the request to participate can be approved. The Student Accounts office also does a financial check and can restrict a student from participating in the ceremony.

Registering your Request to Participate

The registration form for students requesting to participate in a ceremony has several important pieces:

Attendee type: For all ceremonies, select GRADUATION ONLY as your attendee type in WebAdvisor. This will prompt the system to ask you the appropriate questions related to graduation.

Vaccine Proof: For in-person ceremonies, we are requiring that all students who wish to participate upload proof of their vaccine status and agree to wear a mask in all the public spaces of the hotel.

Guests: For in-person ceremonies, you will be asked the number of guests you will be bringing to the graduation celebration (reception/dance). This event occurs in the evening after the ceremonies/hooding. Each graduate will receive 5 complimentary tickets to the dance and each additional guest ticket after that is $35/each. If approved to walk, you will have chances to revise your guest count at later points in the process.

COVID-19: Guests and graduates are expected to be masked (except when speaking at the podium or while eating and drinking) while in the ceremony room and its environs. Graduates will be prvoided Fielding branded masks to match their regalia.


    • Ordering through Fielding for in-person ceremonies: If you purchase regalia through Fielding when registering, the fee is approximately $55. The regalia set includes a gown, four corner mortarboard cap, gold tassel and Fielding hood pertinent to your degree. Include your height and weight on the registration form to ensure the correct size.  For live ceremonies, regalia will be shipped to Fielding and prepped for your use at the ceremony. 
    • Ordering through vendor website for virtual ceremonies: When the ceremony is virtual, you wil be provided with a link to place your order at a Fielding-customized version of the vendor’s website. Regalia will be shipped directly to the address you provide when placing your order. Estimated pricing as follows:
​When Ordering from Vendor website
Doctoral Set
Master’s Set
​Standard greenweaver student set (four corner mortarboard, tassel, Fielding hood pertinent to your degree, robe)
​Shipping (flat rate)
​$15.95 (U.S. domestic)
$60.00 (international)
​$15.95 (U.S. domestic)
$60.00 (international)
​Sales Tax
​varies by state
​​varies by state
  • Ordering on your own: Some ceremony participants prefer to order regalia entirely on their own through a vendor of their choosing. Information on what colors to order is provided on the alumni website: https://alumni.fielding.edu/page/regalia
  • Ordering a Tam: Some ceremony participants will order their regalia through Fielding, but separately purchase on their own a tam style to wear instead of the mortarboard style we provide.
  • Kente cloth stoles: The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is ordering kente cloth stoles by request for participating graduates. Please see the separate email soliciting requests.


A Fielding tradition is that all doctoral graduates give a short 1-3 minute speech about their Fielding journey. For virtual ceremonies, these will be pre-recorded submissions.  Instructions will be sent to those permitted to participate with a deadline by which you will need to submit your video/speech.

Summer Session Virtual Ceremony, July 2022

Approximate time-stamps shown for the ceremony portions are listed below.

01:00:00 pm: Processional

01:02:00 pm: Opening Remarks

01:12:45 pm: Presentation of Honorary Doctorate

01:41:00 pm: Speaker

01:49:10 pm: Presentation of Graduates: SLS

01:56:30 pm: Presentation of Graduates: SLS Doctorate

02:29:50 pm: Presentation of Graduates: SoP

02:37:00 pm: Presentation of Graduates: SoP Doctorate

03:14:00 pm: Graduates in Absentia


Summer Session Virtual Ceremony, July 2021

Approximate time-stamps shown for the ceremony portions are listed below.

10:35 = School of Leadership Studies
32:37 = School of Psychology
1:29:24 = Graduates in Absentia

David Willis hoods a graduate
Regalia Information

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