Commencement 2018

Friday, May 25, 2018
at the Performing Arts Center, building 1300
1st session: 4pm - 5:30pm
2nd session: 6:30pm - 8pm
Dates  •  FAQ


Important Dates and Deadlines



SUBMIT RSVP by April 26th to participate in Commencement

  • After you apply for graduation, you will receive an email invitation in your zonemail account through Eventbrite by April 9thThis invitation will have all the information about selecting your commencement session time and tickets for your guests.


You have 3 ways to purchase:

  1. Purchase online by April 20, 2018
  2. Purchase and pickup at the Grad Fair 
    when: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 12pm - 6pm
    Events Center, building 700S, room 772

    Additional offerings include:
  3. Purchase and pickup at the bookstore from April 25 - May 25, 2018
    (sizes are available on a first come, first serve basis)


Keynote Speaker


Union City Police Chief Darryl McAllister will be our Commencement Keynote Speaker

Chief Darryl McAllister
Union City Chief of Police

  • Chabot College faculty
  • Chief of Police
  • 2-time Hayward Police Officer of the Year Award recipient
  • Educator and mentor

Darryl McAllister's Bio





Special assistance: How can you request accommodations?

Graduates or their guests requiring special assistance, such as an interpreter for the deaf or mobility assistance, contact:

  1. Nathaniel Rice at to find out more or to set up accommodations.
  2. Alternatively, you may call and leave your contact information and special need request with the Disabled Student’s Programs and Services front desk at 510-723-6725.


Diploma/Certificates: When will you receive them?

  • No diplomas or certificates will be distributed at the ceremony.
  • The actual diploma or certificate for Spring graduates will be available in July 2018 and for Summer graduates in September 2018. Letters of notification will be sent to the student informing them of the arrival of their diploma or certificate. All diplomas or certificates are picked up. Mailing information is sent with the notification.


Summer graduates, can you participate?

If you anticipate completion of your graduation requirements by the end of Summer 2018, you will be included in the next year’s Commencement in 2019. You are not required to complete additional petitions.


Additional viewing options: Can you view the ceremony online or on TV?

The Commencement Ceremony will be:

  1. Streamed live on and seach for Chabot College.
  2. Shown on Comcast 27 in the Hayward, San Leandro, Union City, and San Lorenzo areas.
  3. Shown on AT&T U-Verse, channel 99. Search for Hayward, then Chabot College Television.