There are moments that define your future
This is yours.
**IMPORTANT COMMENCEMENT UPDATE**
As we continue to monitor the spread of the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the guidance provided by official public health agencies, guaranteeing the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students remains paramount. With this in mind, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our Spring 2020 Commencement and combine it with our Fall 2020 ceremony. Although we are deeply disappointed that we will not be able to celebrate graduates this spring, we hope that you will join us in the Fall to be recognized for your inspiring achievements.
Please check this website for any updates regarding the scheduled Fall commencement. The event will be held in accordance with California Public Health guidelines. As the commencement ceremony is considered a mass gathering, please note that changes are possible.
We understand that in preparation to attend the Spring commencement, many of you may have purchased regalia/announcements or made hotel reservations. Please check the links below for further direction on addressing these concerns. Information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.
Hotel Cancellation Policy
Guests staying at the Marriott can cancel reservations online through the Marriott website or by dialing a reservation agent at (800) 228-9290. Please have your confirmation number available to complete your request.
Guests who used the Ashford link to make reservations with a hotel other than the Marriott can call the specific hotel to cancel reservations. Please have your confirmation number available to complete your request.
If you do not wish to cancel your reservation, the group rate will remain in effect.
Hotel Booking for Fall commencement - Information forthcoming.
Congratulations, graduates! Although we can’t come together for our traditional commencement ceremony, you deserve to have your hard work recognized. That’s why we are so thrilled to share this special virtual Congratulations Celebration with you, your family, and your friends.
Join us on May 24 to honor our Spring 2020 graduates in unique fashion. Be sure to register in advance for our Facebook event. Then tune in to our Facebook page, where we will have messages of congratulations from Ashford University President Dr. Craig Swenson, Dr. Iris Lafferty, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Bob Daugherty, Dean of the College of Forbes School of Business &Technology. Prior to the event, there will be some fun virtual activities and contests to win Ashford swag, including opportunities for you to share your at-home celebrations, cap decorations, and words of wisdom for future graduates.
The event will go live at exactly 10:00 am PT.
If you don’t have a Facebook account, watch the livestream here.
We look forward to “seeing” you there!
Welcome to the Graduation Homepage!
Ceremony Information TBD
Twice a year, graduating students and their families are invited to attend Ashford University commencement festivities in San Diego. Explore the city, take part in our pre-commencement celebration activities, and join your fellow graduates as you complete this chapter of your life and start a new journey.
- The Fall 2020 Graduation Celebration: October 10, 2020.
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego – Mission Valley
Address: 7450 Hazard Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92108
Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
*All Saturday events are optional
- The Fall 2020 Commencement Ceremony: October 11, 2020.
Location: Viejas Arena - San Diego State University
5500 Canyon Crest Dr, San Diego, CA 92182
Congratulations Celebration Timeline: Starts at 10:00 am PT, Ends at 10:30 am PT
Check out the Fall 2020 Commencement Newsletter (TBD) to get all your commencement weekend questions answered.
View the Archived Fall 2019 Ceremony
Ashford University’s commencement ceremonies are streamed live to students and families around the world.
Graduation Ceremony FAQ's
The eligibility requirements for commencement participation are as follows:
Spring ceremony: Grad date is between January 1 and June 30
Fall ceremony: Grad date is between July 1 and December 31
Please allow at least 20 minutes to walk to the arena from any parking area east of College Avenue. Please note that parking will be $20 cash only.
From east of College Avenue: Take I-8 west to College Avenue, then proceed south on College Avenue. At the first intersection of College/Alvarado Road, turn right onto Canyon Crest Drive, then west to Parking Structure 12.
From south of Montezuma Road: Take Route 94 or another east/west route to College Avenue north, then left on Montezuma Road, then right on 55th Street to Parking Structure 7.
From west of College Avenue: Take I-8 to College Avenue south, then right on Canyon Crest Drive to Parking Structure 12.
Alternate Route: Take I-8 to Fairmount Avenue, east on Montezuma Road to 55th Street, then left on 55th Street to Parking Structure 7.