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2020 Commencement – Drive-Through Celebration

As we continue to navigate the fluid and ever-changing COVID-19 situation, Fresno County has moved back into the purple tier according to the Fresno County Department of Public Health, we have had to modify our commencement plans.

After much deliberation and consultation with local public health agencies, large corporate gathering, or even smaller group gatherings inside are not recommended or deemed wise given our county’s current COVID-19 status. Out of a continuing deep desire to honor each of you and your achievements, we are moving forward with a newly modified commencement plan. We believe you and the celebration of your achievements are important!

The university will be providing the opportunity for you and your family to participate in a drive-through commencement celebration. The drive-through commencement celebrations will take place on Friday and Saturday, December 11 and 12, on our main campus. Those dates and the timeframe of the two days remain the same as before, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

If you wish to defer your commencement participation to Spring 2021 you may do so by emailing Please note: You may only defer your graduate application by one semester. Upon expiration, graduates would need to reapply. Participation in the commencement ceremony does not guarantee degree completion nor degree conferral.

Drive-Through Information:

The timeslot the graduates have already selected will remain the same and will be able to participate in the drive-through celebration at your assigned time. Students who signed up for a timeslot for Monday, December 14, will be given other time options on either Friday or Saturday.

The drive-through route will begin on Winery Avenue and lead into the Hamilton Parking Lot, where you will pick up your FPU commencement bag. From the Hamilton Parking Lot vehicles will be directed to go west on Hamilton Avenue and then turn into the McDonald Hall Parking Lot, where there will be a photo opportunity for the graduate. Signs will be posted directing you to the entrance and as you move along the route. See drive-through route here.

During the drive-through celebration you will receive an FPU 2020 commencement bag which will include your diploma cover, alumni license plate holder and several copies of the printed commencement program, which includes the names of both our spring and fall 2020 graduates as we normally would have for commencement. Also included in the bag will be your honors cord and donor medallion (if applicable for you). As you continue through the drive-through celebration, you will also have an opportunity to have your photo taken by a professional photographer.

You may bring one vehicle full of guests with you to mark this important moment and commemorate the hard work that went into achieving your degree. We ask that your guests always remain in your car.

While these drive-through ceremonies are much different than the larger corporate commencement celebration we have grown accustomed to, we are confident there is still great meaning in these moments of celebration.

Honors Cords:

The Registrar’s Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Although the service window for the office in McDonald Hall is physically closed, the office remains fully functional by phone or email. If you received honors, the honors cords are available for pickup during this time or can be picked up at the drive-through check-in in the Hamilton Parking Lot at the graduates designated timeslot.

Commencement Medallion

Commencement Medallion

Show your FPU pride with a unique zipper-pull medallion to wear on your grad gown. Make a gift of $20.20 or more to the university in honor of your grad year, and we’ll thank you with this medallion to wear at commencement. Your small gift will have a big impact on students next year through the Scholarship Fund.

Make your gift at

You will be able to pick up your medallion at the drive-through check-in in the Hamilton Parking Lot at the graduates designated timeslot.

Ethnic Sashes

Graduating students may wear ethnic sashes representing their inherited ancestry which is reflective of their ethnic heritage. These sashes must meet specific criteria outlined by the University Diversity Committee and be approved prior to graduation. Students must purchase or create their own sashes as FPU does not sell them. For specific guidelines and approval on the ethnic sash, please contact the Director of Diversity and Inclusion Breanne Wyse at or 559-453-3608.

FPU Bookshop

The FPU Bookshop on the main campus is well stocked and welcomes students to purchase regalia from their bulk supply. Currently, the bookshop hours are from Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and the number is 559-453-2078.

Purchasing Regalia

Regalia is available for purchase on Jostens' website and shipped to your home. (Shipping charges apply) or at the bookshop on FPU’s main campus. Shipping may take about six weeks to receive and charges will apply. Please visit the FPU Bookshop in person or call to purchase your regalia. The FPU Bookshop has plenty of regalia in inventory.


Regalia may be returned within 30 days of purchase with receipt, all returns must be unopened and in their original packaging. When returning items, please include the following information:

  • Include name, address, phone number, school name and reason (COVID-19)
  • Write the information on the original package slip if possible
  • Return to address: Jostens Returns, 501 Lynn Avenue, Laurens, SC 29360
  • Call or email Jostens Consumer Contact Center with your tracking number at 800-854-7464 or email tracking number to
  • Credit will be issued after receipt of return. No refund on shipping costs.

Regalia Prices:

  • Bachelor Set: Cap/Gown/Tassel: $38.00
  • Master Set: Cap/Gown/Tassel: $41.00
  • Bachelor Gown: $27.00
  • Master Gown: $30.00
  • Cap: $6.00
  • Tassel: $5.00
  • Master Hood: $38.00
  • Souvenir Tassel: $7.50 

Souvenir 2020 Tassel

Souvenir FPU tassels (pictured above) are available in the store. They are $7.50 each and quantities are limited

The FPU Bookshop carries a variety of alumni product and diploma frames, as well as announcements and class rings made available through Jostens. You can also shop online at

*Ground shipping is free for textbooks and all FPU merchandise orders online (excluding regalia).

Career Services and Other: Alumni Information on the Graduation page

Important Dates

  • November 27
    Deadline to apply for participation in the fall 2020 commencement