General Information for Commencement 2023
We are currently planning for an in-person commencement ceremony at Lake Avenue Church on Saturday, June 10, 2023, beginning at 10:00 am (PT).
Graduation Applications are received throughout the year, but students planning to walk in 2023 must submit a Graduation Application by February 2023.
Those who have applied to graduate by February 2023 with an anticipated graduation date of Summer 2022 through Spring 2023 will be contacted at their Fuller email address to confirm plans so that the appropriate preparations can be made.
Those petitioning to participate in June 2023 Commencement prior to a Summer 2023 anticipated graduation date need to work closely with their Academic Advisor to be sure that they will be included in Commencement planning.
The first Commencement 2023 emails will go out in April. This page will be updated as details become known.
For questions, please contact the Registrar's Office.
Family and friends of graduating students who are not able to attend in person can watch the Commencement livestream at fuller.edu/watch.
The programs for the 2020, 2021, and 2022 Commencement Services are available for download here.
There are a limited number of physical copies of these programs available. If you would like one while supplies last, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID RESTRICTIONS: Masking is required for Fuller employees working the ceremony. For graduates and their guests, masks are strongly encouraged, and deeply appreciated, but will not be required. Proof of vaccination will not be required. Masks will be available at the venue for those who wish them.
As there is no rehearsal for Commencement, it is imperative that graduates are present at the Student Lineup area at Lake Avenue Church at 8:30 a.m. for final instructions. Late arrivals will be able to pick up regalia in this area at that time. The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m., and is expected to last until around 12:30 p.m.
Information about Baccalaureate, doctoral hoodings, graduation banquets, and all other events will be found below as it becomes known. Baccalaureate and hooding ceremonies will take place in person on the Pasadena campus during the week before Commencement.
Regalia, Announcements, and Memorabilia
Fuller provides rental regalia free of charge for all graduates, for all events of the Commencement season. This includes Baccalaureate, doctoral hoodings, and Commencement itself. This is the only regalia that can be worn for these events. It will be collected after Commencement and returned to Herff-Jones for cleaning and storage.
Regalia will be distributed on campus in the weeks prior to Commencement.
For those arriving at the last minute, regalia will also be available at Lake Avenue Church the morning of the ceremony.
When you arrive to pick up your regalia, you will have the opportunity to try it on to ensure a proper fit and make any needed adjustments. Please make every effort to get your regalia early, especially if you want to schedule formal portraits.
For those who need to purchase custom-made regalia for other purposes, please request an information sheet about purchasing regalia from the Registrar's office.
Customized diploma frames can be purchased online at any time from Herff-Jones.
Plain or customized graduation announcements can be purchased online at any time from Herff-Jones.
Fuller class rings with the official Fuller Theological Seminary seal are available for purchase online from Herff-Jones.
Flowers, leis, or bouquets are available for pre-order from The Commencement Group.
FULLER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY ADDRESS AND CAMPUS MAP
Fuller Theological Seminary
180 N. Oakland Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
Directions and Parking for on-campus events
Click "Directions" on the map to get driving and public transportation directions from your location.
Limited complimentary parking is available in the following locations:
185 N. Madison Ave. - Exterior lot: Please do not park in red/green (Faculty and Staff) or visitor spaces.
Limited street parking is also available at no cost, please be sure to read all posted signs. Additional paid parking is available at 473 E. Union St., Pasadena.
PARKING FOR COMMENCEMENT
Complimentary parking for guests at Commencement is at Gateway Plaza, on the southeast corner of the intersection of the 210 Freeway and Lake Avenue. The entrance to the parking structure is from Mentor Ave. Several shuttle vans will run from the south side of Gateway plaza to the pedestrian ramp on the south side of Lake Avenue Church before, during and after the ceremony.
The Gold Line's Lake Avenue stop is a five-minute walk from Lake Avenue Church, for those using Light Rail for transportation.
WHERE TO STAY
(.5 miles from campus)
168 S. Los Robles Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
Hilton Pasadena corporate rate: 10% off the lowest advertised rate
Reservations can be made using our Corporate ID #2975411
(.6 miles from campus)
303 Cordova St
Pasadena, California 91101
Phone: (626) 469-8100
$169/night (single or double occupancy, standard room) off lowest rate advertised.
Add Booking Code E3B under Special Rates Section when reserving a room.