Information for graduates

Cap and gown and graduation announcements
Flyers with details on ordering your cap and gown, personalized graduation announcements and other commencement merchandise will be sent to each graduate’s Redlands email and preferred home address. Details are also available online at Two weeks are required to receive personalized invitations, please plan your request accordingly. Please contact the University Bookstore at 909-748-8950 with any questions.

Class rings
Class rings will be displayed in the Bookstore. You can also view the rings online at

Dress for commencement
The commencement ceremony will take place outside at the Alumni Greek Theatre. Commencement day is usually warm, and there is little shade in the Theatre. Comfortable, low-heeled shoes are recommended as there is a considerable distance (some unpaved) between event locations, and the Theatre has limited handrails and unevenly spaced steps.

Grad images professional photographer
A professional photographer will be at the commencement ceremony. Each student will receive proofs and order forms by email directly from Grad Images within 72 hours after the ceremony. You may place orders or obtain answers to questions at or by calling 800-261-2576. A percentage of the proceeds will be returned to the University of Redlands.

Commencement flowers
Your family and friends can commemorate this special occasion with a bouquet of flowers or a lei available for pre-order or day-of purchase at the Graduation Day Flowers booth. A percentage of the proceeds will be returned to the University of Redlands. Parents and guests are encouraged to pre-order and pick-up prior to the ceremony to ensure that students can wear their leis across the stage for their photos. Pre-ordering is available at

University bookstore
The Bookstore will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on commencement day. For your convenience, water, soda and snacks will be available for purchase near the entrance to the Alumni Greek Theatre provided by the University’s Town & Gown organization. 

Lost and found
Items should be claimed from or turned in to the Public Safety Office in the Willis Center.

We recommend booking early as hotel and dining reservations in Redlands book up quickly for Commencement weekend. A list of dining options and local hotels is available here

Parking for the commencement ceremony is available on the north side of campus. Colton Avenue, the street through the center of the campus, will be closed to through traffic all day. Follow the directional signs to Brockton Avenue and the designated parking areas behind Memorial Chapel, Armacost Library, Orton Center or the Stauffer Science Complex off of Grove Street. Shuttle buses will be available from these lots to the Alumni Greek Theatre.

Click here to see a parking map.

Disabled parking
Disabled guests are encouraged to park in any of the lots serviced by the commencement shuttles. Please refer to the map at the end of this guide and follow directional signs on the day of commencement. Accessible shuttles are equipped with lifts and will service all parking lots indicated to transport guests to a drop-off location near the Alumni Greek Theatre. 

If you or your guest requires specialized assistance beyond what is outlined, please call the University’s Facilities Management department at 909-748-8020 by April 8, and we will work with you to meet your needs. 

Please refer family and friends to our online parking map for more information and directions to campus and the Alumni Greek Theatre.