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GCU's Commencement Ceremony

Grand Canyon University (GCU) serves to present the formal dignity of academic traditions to faculty, staff and students. Doctoral, master's and bachelor's degree candidates are encouraged to participate in the commencement ceremony, a time to celebrate and reflect on academic achievements, with peers, friends and family.

Invitations to register are emailed directly from GCU to eligible degree candidates' email addresses on file. It is strongly recommended that graduate candidates and guests avoid securing travel preparations until the graduate candidate has registered and received a confirmation email acknowledging ceremony participation.

Please remember, filling out the graduation application does not register degree candidates to attend the commencement ceremony. Degree candidates with questions regarding the graduation application should contact their student services counselor.

Information regarding frequently asked questions, campus tours, commencement agendas, travel and more is available for the fall and winter commencements, located below within the View Traditional Student Info and View Online or Evening Cohort Student Info buttons. Please check back regularly as the information below will be updated throughout the time leading up to each commencement.

Commencement Photography

Professional photography vendor GradImages will be capturing special moments before, during and after the commencement ceremonies of graduates and their loved ones. The GradImages staff will wear red vests so they'll be highly visible and easy to locate. Ask these professionals to help create more memories of your special day!

If you request vendor photography services from GradImages, you will receive a free photo proof via email or mail. You may also view and order commencement images at For further information, contact GradImages at 800-261-2576 or

Commencement Flowers

GCU has partnered with Pacific2You Flowers to bring you an assortment of flower bouquets and leis that will be available for purchase at commencement. For the convenience of guests and graduates, a flower booth will be located next to the GCU Arena. There will be beautiful single and double orchid leis, shell leis, ribbon leis, rose bouquets and spring bouquets available for purchase. Cash and all major credit and debit cards will be accepted. If you would like to pre-order, please visit The pre-order deadline is 3 weeks prior to the commencement ceremony, and ordered items will be available for pick up on the day of the ceremony at the flower booth.

Undergraduate Honors

GCU recognizes undergraduate students with high honors and outstanding scholastic achievement. Honor candidates are represented by gold or silver cords. Candidates are determined based on final, posted grades using the standards below:

  • Gold cords are worn by undergraduate students with a 3.4 GPA or higher and 60 or more GCU credits.
  • Silver cords are worn by undergraduate students with a 3.5 GPA or higher and less than 60 GCU credits.

To find out if you will receive an honor cord, contact your student services counselor. Honor cords may be picked up at check-in on the day of your commencement ceremony.

Per the University Policy Handbook, second bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree candidates are not eligible for honor cords.

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