California Commencement

NEW DATE: Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ceremony with Reception to follow:

Wilshire Ebell Theater
743 S. Lucerne Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90005

Ceremony Details

  • 8:30-10:30am: Robing areas open
  • 9am: Photographer available for pre-ceremony photos
  • 10:30am: Procession lineup
  • 11am: Commencement Ceremony

Commencement Reception: Immediately following ceremony at the Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 South Lucerne Blvd, adjacent to the Wilshire Ebell Theatre


Major General Sharon K. Dunbar

Major General Sharon K. Dunbar is dual-hatted as Commander of the Air Force District of Washington and the 320th Air Expeditionary Wing headquartered at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. As commander, Dunbar is the Uniform Code of Military Justice authority for 40,000 airmen. She has served in a variety of acquisition, political-military and personnel positions. Her commands include a mission support squadron, Air Force Basic Military Training, an air base wing, and AFDW. Prior to her current assignment, Dunbar served as Director of Force Management Policy, Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, D.C.

Criteria for Participation for California/L.A.

Please note that Commencement is a ceremony that celebrates your academic achievements, not certification of graduation. You must satisfy all of your degree requirements before you officially graduate and receive your diploma and transcript.

You are eligible to participate if:

    1. You have already officially graduated and received your diploma, but have not participated in a past commencement


  1. You are officially registered in the final term/session to complete your academic degree requirements by the end of the Summer Term/Session I or II/| August 24, 2014

Your financial obligation can only be processed through the Business Office in Cincinnati, Ohio. Please contact Lisa Schnapp, the student account manager, 800-861-6400 x1187 | lisa.schnapp@myunion.edu.


Cap and gowns are required to participate in the ceremony. Once you have been approved to participate in the ceremony (based on your eligibility and dean’s sign off), you will be given access to the Herff Jones web site where you can order your regalia and have it shipped directly to your home or work. The regalia for undergraduates is called a ‘keeper,’ which allows you to own the regalia for less cost than renting. The price is about $30 for the set. You can also purchase a ‘gratitude stole’ with UI&U colors and seal to wear during the ceremony and then give to those who supported you through your academic journey. There are also invitations, announcements, and rings to be personalized and purchased on the Herff Jones site.


Each commencer is allowed seven (7) guests who can attend the ceremony and reception free of charge.


A professional photographer will be present at the ceremony to take photos of you and your family prior to and after the ceremony; the photographer will also take a photo of you with the president as you cross the stage and receive your certificate. Proofs will be sent to you at no charge and under no obligation. Should you elect to purchase photos, you will work directly with the photographer.

Request for Special Services for Persons with Disabilities

Requests for special accommodations for disabilities (ADA) must be submitted no less than 30 days prior to the event. However, if the necessary accommodation is a reader or a signer, a 60-day minimum notice is required. The request will be reviewed, verified with the requester regarding the necessary accommodation, and then final arrangements made. Accommodations cannot be guaranteed if the request is made in less than the stated minimum time-frame.

To arrange for necessary accommodations, contact the Union Institute & University ADA Coordinator 802-828-8840 | 800-336-6794

For More Information or Questions

Contact: Ursula Moreno-Vanderlaan
1-800-486-8328 x1742 | ursula.moreno@myunion.edu