Graduation 2018

Save the Date: May 11, 2018

California Institute of the Arts announces the 2018 graduating class. The ceremony will be held in the Graduation Courtyard of the CalArts campus (north side of campus, along McBean Parkway) on Friday, May 11, 2018, at 6 pm.


CalArts' Commencement will be live-streamed on this page: beginning at 4 pm PDT.

To order photos from CalArts Graduation 2018, please visit

Ceremony Information

The ceremony is very informal, as is CalArts. There are no robes, gowns or hats. The ceremony also takes place outside, so depending on the weather, the temperature can range from very warm to cool once the sun sets.

Seating is limited, so if you are expecting a large group it is advised to come early to secure seats.

We suggest that extra time be allowed for the drive up the 5 freeway on Friday evening. It is a favorite route out of Los Angeles and is often more crowded and slower than anticipated. Drive time from LAX to CalArts can take as long as 1.5 hours during rush hour.

Pre-Ordering Flowers

Many students opt to wear an orchid lei during commencement. While bouquets and leis will be sold at commencement, guests are encouraged to pre-order and pick up their leis on campus ahead of the ceremony so that students are photographed wearing their leis when crossing the commencement stage. Click here to access Graduation Day Flowers' pre-order page, for discounted pricing and to support CalArts fundraising.


Parking on campus is limited, however off-site parking and a shuttle back to CalArts will be available. If parking on campus is preferred, it is recommended to arrive 2 hours prior to the beginning of the ceremony. Disabled parking, with visible placard, is available on campus.


At the conclusion of the Graduation ceremony, a reception with hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be provided in the Main Gallery.

If you have any time-sensitive questions, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 661-253-7874 or at for assistance.

Travel Information

There is a wide selection of hotels near the campus; the closest are located in Stevenson Ranch. Please take into account, however, that most hotels are not within walking distance of the campus. If a shuttle is dropping you off at a hotel from the airport, you may need to make arrangements to take a taxi to the campus.

This website is the most comprehensive listing of hotels in the Valencia area. Many of these hotels offer a "CalArts" rate; if you would like to know if a hotel offers a CalArts rate, it is best to call the local Hotel phone number rather than the toll-free telephone number.