/ Registrar's Office

Getting Ready

Graduating this year? Here’s everything you need to know about participating in Commencement.

September 2023

Apply to Graduate

An email invitation will be sent to students with at least 72 earned credits. Follow the instructions for submitting your graduation application online via plus.hope.edu and indicate May Commencement ceremony participation. Applying by the deadline will allow you to participate in all planned events. Late applicants may miss out on votes, events, tickets and honors considerations.

October 2023

Deadline to apply for December 2023 Graduation

  • October 15, 2023

If you’re planning to graduate after the fall 2023 semester, submit your graduation application by October 15.

January 2024


  • January 15, 2024

If you’re planning to graduate after the spring 2024 semester (May grad), after taking one or more summer 2024 courses (July grad) or after the fall 2024 semester (December grad) and plan to participate in the May 2024 Commencement ceremony, submit your graduation application by January 15.

Vote for Commencement Speaker

Candidate information and an online ballot are sent via email to students who applied to participate in the Commencement ceremony.


Graduation Application Confirmation

Emails will be sent asking students to check and either confirm or correct graduation application information. 

MARCH 2024

deadline for Commencement Ceremony Participation

  • March 1

Deadline for students to notify the Registrar’s Office of any changes to their participation in the May 2024 Commencement ceremony.

H.O.P.E. Award Voting

Two ballots will be emailed to ceremony participants to vote for the Hope Outstanding Professor-Educator (H.O.P.E.) Professor. The first vote narrows the field; the final vote determines the winner.

APRIL 2024


  • Early April

Commencement participants will receive an email order form to request their tickets for brunch, Baccalaureate and rain-location Commencement. Pick up ordered tickets at Senior Days in mid-April.

Dining Options Tickets

Senior Days

  • Mid-April 2024

Pick up commencement regalia, order a diploma frame and class ring, make your senior class gift, and learn about alumni services. Senior Days will be held 10 a.m.–4 p.m. in the Bultman Student Center Living Room on the lower level.

December 2023 graduates and students in spring 2024 off-campus programs who want to participate in the May 2024 ceremony will be contacted with specific directions for how they may complete the Senior Days orders and purchases.

Senior Days Details

MAY 2024

Commencement Weekend!

See the schedule for Commencement weekend