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Final Steps Spring 2020


As you are preparing to graduate this spring, the following information is compiled to address your concerns, answer your questions and give you valuable information.


Commencement Ceremonies

In light of the current COVID-19 situation, we regret to announce that commencement festivities scheduled for this spring are postponed. The May and December 2020 graduates will be celebrated in one collective ceremony on Saturday, December 12, 2020, at Selland Arena in downtown Fresno. FPU is considering options for the graduate hooding ceremony and Seminary Gala.

Commencement Information

Degree Applications

All degree applications for Spring 2020 are still active. If you already applied for commencement, there is no need to reapply or pay additional fees.

Degree Posting

All degree conferrals will be posted to your individual record as scheduled. The final deadline to apply is April 24, 2020.

Honor Cords

While our office remains operational, it is physically closed at this time. Honor cords are not available for pickup until our office and the FPU campuses reopen to visitors. At that time, we will send new communication out with the dates and place for pick up.



Regalia is available for purchase on Jostens' website and at the bookshop on FPU’s main campus. Please see additional information below.


Regalia may be returned, but all returns must be unopened and in their original packaging. Please see below for specific instructions for Jostens and the FPU Bookshop.


Regalia is available for purchase on Jostens' website. Spring graduate ordering is open until June 30th at current prices. Fall regalia will be available starting in August but may have different pricing. Due to Covid-19 ship-to-home is the only option, as pick-up at campuses is unavailable. Shipping may take about six weeks to receive and charges will apply.

All returns must be unopened and in their original packaging.

  • 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.

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.

All regalia returns must include the receipt and gown must be unopened in original package. Due to Covid-19, opened gown/hood packages cannot be returned.

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).

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. Students must purchase or create their own sashes as FPU does not sell them. For specific guidelines and more information, please contact Director of Diversity and Inclusion Breanne Wyse at or 559-453-3608.


Career Services

FPU’s Career Development Center would like to support your post-graduate career success! All career services are accessible for FPU grads from main campus, regional campus and online programs. Access services via individual zoom appointments or self-directed resources through our website.

Services include:

  • Resume and cover letter review
  • Career exploration
  • Education and career planning
  • Grad school applications
  • Job and internship searches (local, national, virtual)
  • Professional networking/connections to employers
  • Informational interviews
  • Interview preparation
  • Salary negotiation preparation
  • Professional skill growth, including emotional intelligence and leadership development
  • On-campus work-study applications

Tell us how we can best support your success! Complete a brief survey. It only takes 1-2 minutes to complete.

Contact the Career Development Center with your questions or to schedule an appointment at 559-453-2220 or


Alumni T-Shirts

FPU Alumni T-shirt

For all undergraduate students, we want to celebrate your achievement by giving you a free alumni t-shirt! Simply complete the Alumni T-Shirt Form, and we will mail one to you.

Alumni ID Card

Alumni ID cards are available for a limited time for free to all Spring 2020 graduates. Simply complete this form.

Your FPU alumni ID card offers:

  • Discounted event admission
  • Access to Fitness Center membership
  • Hiebert Library borrowing privileges
  • 10 % off at Charlotte’s Coffee Corner (coffee shop located in Alumni Hall on the Main Fresno Campus)
  • 10 % off at the FPU Bookshop

Check out more details here.


Outstanding Graduates

Ten Outstanding Graduates have been chosen from the Spring 2020 graduating class—two from each school of the university and from the seminary. They were selected by their dean for academic achievement, Christian character, leadership potential, service to others and their embodiment of the Fresno Pacific Idea. Check out who was chosen here.

Flight Night Athletic Awards

The annual Sunbird Athletic awards ceremony, Flight Night, could not be held in person this spring, but a video compilation of all the awards was created. These awards include many given to graduating seniors. You can watch the full video on YouTube: Flight Night 2020

Academic Honors and Awards

Each year traditional undergraduate students are recognized for their academic excellence in the classroom and their contributions to the academic community. View this year's senior recipients here.