Graduate Checklist: Classes of 2020 & 2021

Following is a month-by-month list of preparations for Commencement. All activities are dependent upon guidelines from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Masks, even outdoors, may be required. Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test may be required.

January 2022

  • Share the schedule of Commencement events and hotel accommodations with family members and friends planning to attend in April.
  • Make hotel reservations for the event, if you and your family have not done so already. Check out our list of hotels. As of 12/7/21, there is still some availability at Casa 425 and The DoubleTree, both in Claremont, for April 1-3, 2022.
  • Check out this year’s Grad Fair flyer here. You may have already ordered announcements, if not you can order directly from Jostens.
  • A “Save the Date” will be emailed to families and graduates. Note: You may want to update your contact information so that you receive commencement information. Please RSVP for the hosted meals.

February 2022

  • Select a location for your celebration meal after Commencement and make your reservations in advance!
  • Order flower leis if desired. Sherwood Florist, located within walking distance of campus, is offering pre-sale only flower leis for Commencement. They can be ordered and paid for directly through their website and picked up on the day of Commencement on the HMC campus.
  • Invitations to commencement ceremonies will be mailed to families and emailed to graduates. Please update your contact information if needed.

March 2022

  • Mail announcements to friends and family by March 1, 2022, if you have not already done so. Announcements are customarily sent one month prior to the event.

April 1, 2022

  • Cap and Gown – If you don’t already have your cap and gown in hand, pick up your cap and gown at the DSA office: 8:00 am – Noon and 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Graduation Photos – GradImages is the official photographer of our commencement ceremony. Students will receive an information card when they pick up their cap and gown. If a student returns the information card to the DSA Office, they will receive direct communication from GradImages after Commencement with the option to purchase photos. Register your information with GradImages before Commencement to receive a coupon.