Schedule Of Events

Monday, May 21

11:30 a.m. 

Luncheon with Faculty.  All graduates are invited to join the faculty and the President on the Haddon/Klein Patio

1:30 p.m.
Commencement Rehearsal will be held on the Chapel lawn.  All graduates who intend to participate in commencement are expected to attend rehearsal.

3:00 p.m.
Community Celebration of Graduates: Weaving our Wisdoms, an interfaith gathering to honor the experiences and accomplishments of our graduating students.  Graduates, friends and family, current students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend.  Student speakers are Denyse Barnes, Todd Gallinger and Russell Thornhill. Location: Kresge Chapel

Tuesday, May 22 Commencement 2018 will take place at 9:00 am on the Kresge Chapel lawn.

7:30 a.m.
Robing of graduates, Mudd Theater lobby

8:00 a.m.
Class picture, Mudd Theater south steps

8:30 a.m.
Procession line-up, south side of Library

9:00 a.m.
Procession begins

10:30 a.m.
Commencement Reception, Library lawn.  A reception for all graduates and their families will be held immediately following Commencement.

Please note:

This commencement event will be photographed, videotaped or recorded. By entering the event space, you agree and grant irrevocable permission to Claremont School of Theology to have your appearance, likeness, image, and voice photographed and recorded for commercial and noncommercial purposes for Claremont School of Theology.

Instructions For Graduating Students

In order to receive your diploma at the commencement ceremony, you must complete the ATS Survey, the Financial Aid exit interview (if required) and be cleared by the Business Office no later than Friday, May 1 2, 2018 . If you miss the deadline, you will be able to pick up your diploma from the Office of the Registrar after you complete all the requirements.

Check List

  • ATS Survey
  • RSVP For Events
  • Pay Graduation Fee
  • Rent/Purchase Regalia
  • Business Office Clearance
  • Financial Aid Exit Interview

Graduation Fee

All graduates are required to pay the graduation fee even if they are not participating in the commencement ceremony. The fee is $90 for Master’s level students and $290 for Doctoral level students , ($90 plus $200 for the processing of the DMin Project or PhD Dissertation) . Graduation fees must be paid directly to the Business Office

Business Office Clearance

Your student account must be paid in full no later than Friday, May 1 2, 2018. This includes payment of all graduation, housing, tuition and fees, book cards and library fines

Financial Aid Clearance

Graduates who borrowed student loans while attending CST are required by law to have a Financial Aid exit interview. Contact the Office of Financial Aid at or at 909 -447 -2554 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

ATS Survey

Graduates are required to complete an Association of Theological Schools (ATS) Graduating Student Survey before commencement. Completion of this survey will give us vital information on the CST student experience. The survey can be accessed via the CST website ( If you choose to take the survey anonymously, you must print the confirmation page of the ATS survey and submit it to the Office of the Registrar .

Academic Regalia

All commencement ceremony participants are required to obtain their academic regalia through the Huntley Bookstore. The rental deadline is March 29, 2018 . The rental fee is $54.38 for Master’s and $61.99 for Doctor’s. The Herff/Jones measurement form must be completed and returned with the payment to the Huntley Bookstore (175 E. Eighth Street, Claremont, CA. 91711) by the deadline. Do not return order forms to the Office of the Registrar. Students wishing to purchase regalia should contact Susan Navarro at the Huntley Bookstore (909 -607 -1503) no later than March 29, 2019. If you purchase your hood or full regalia, you must bring the hood to the Office of the Registrar no later than May 10, 2018 .

Final Transcripts

Degrees will be posted on transcripts the week following graduation. Graduates can submit Transcript Request forms prior to graduation and have them processed after the degree has been posted.