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GTU Commencement

Welcome to the
Graduate Theological Union
Commencement Website

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Commencement Update

The GTU Commencement occurs once a year, usually on the second Thursday in May, and is open to the public. The event abounds with academic regalia, music, admittedly, a few speeches, and time to introduce each graduate to the community where the graduate receives a diploma and is invested in the hood of their degree. Sadly, however, this year as well, due to the shelter-in-place order in the Bay Area and the state of California, we might be required to cancel the GTU Commencement Exercises. We will keep you updated.

Whether in person or online, my team, including Chai and Fredonia, and I are keen on celebrating the  accomplishments of the graduating class. We are figuring out creative ways to do the 2021 Commencement Exercises and hope to create opportunities that give glimpses into the amazing diversity of the GTU academic community. Furthermore, we will continue to work on a Graduation Program, which we plan to distribute electronically, and hopefully printed copies that will be mailed to the graduates at a later point in time. 

We understand this uncertainty is difficult to bear for some of us, but we want to take heed of the advice from the CDC and our state government on matters of events and social distancing. We are grateful for your continued support and understanding. 

Despite the uncertainty, we would still need to receive the "intent to graduate forms" and the "commencement participation forms" to capture important information. 

Links to important forms and documents:

Intent to Graduate Forms for Fall 2020

GTU Doctoral Student Statement of Intent to Graduate form Fall 2020 (due August 31, 2020)

Common MA Program Statement of Intent to Graduate form Fall 2020 (due August 31, 2020)

Intent to Graduate Forms for Spring 2021

GTU Doctoral Student Statement of Intent to Graduate form Spring 2021 (due January 15, 2021)

Common MA Program Statement of Intent to Graduate form Spring 2021 (due January 15, 2021)

Commencement Participation Forms Spring 2021

GTU Commencement Events RSVP and Participation Form Spring 2021 (due March 1, 2021)

Faculty Commencement Events RSVP and Participation Form (due March 13, 2021)

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at or 510-649-2440 or Fredonia Thompson at or 510-649-2461 or Chaitanya Motupalli at or 510-649-2464.  

Stay healthy and be well!

Wendy Arce, Ph.D. 
Associate Dean of Students