A designed image of a Save the Date for CalArts graduation on Friday, May 10.


President’s Reception

Family and friends of the graduating class are invited to come meet President Ravi Rajan prior to the Graduation Ceremony. Hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages will be served, and beer and wine will be available for purchase.

  • Friday, May 10, 4 pm - 5:30 pm  
  • Location: CalArts Main Gallery
  • Open to graduates, guests, faculty, and staff.

Graduation Ceremony

Post-Graduation Celebration

Join us in the Main Gallery for a celebration immediately following the graduation ceremony. Light refreshments will be served and live musical entertainment will accompany the festivities.

Other Year End Events

  • World Music Fest – April 26-28

  • Film/Video Longform Showcase (REDCAT) – April 30

  • Graphic Design Showcase –  April 30- May 10

  • CalArts Expo – May 2

  • Film/Video Experimental Animation Showcase (REDCAT) – May 2

  • Film/Video Film Directing Showcase (REDCAT) – May 3

  • Program in Film/Video Showcase (REDCAT) – May 5

  • The Ensemble - Deyou – May 6

  • Experimental Music Workshop - Pisaro – May 7

  • Spring Dance (REDCAT) – May 7-9

  • Guitars - Fink – May 8

  • Actors Showcase – May 9

Frequently Asked Questions

In mid-May it's usually hot and sunny during the day, but cold when the sun goes down. Dress in layers and bring sunscreen.

When you enter the main campus gate, you’ll find parking lots available nearby. There will also be drop-off locations and shuttles for those needing accommodations.. If you're staying near campus, we encourage you to use a ride-share service such as Uber or Lyft.

Light refreshments will be served at the President’s Reception from 4 to 5:30 pm. Food will be available for purchase at Tatum Lounge in the main building until 6 pm.

There will be chairs set up for attendees on a first-come first-served basis. If seats run out, guests can sit in the grassy knolls overlooking the Graduation Courtyard. Blankets, low-back lawnchairs and picnics are allowed.

Tickets are not required for CalArts Graduation. Graduates are encouraged to invite their friends and family to celebrate their achievement.

Think of graduation as an outdoor party that feels like you're attending a fun concert in the park. 

CalArts does not require a cap and gown for graduation.

Yes! The CalArts Store will have a pop-up location at Graduation, and flowers are available for pre-order and on site. See the Travel & Planning Resources page for details.

Accommodations for graduates and guests with disabilities will be available for the CalArts Graduation Ceremony. Visit the Travel & Planning Resources page for information on services including closed-captioned live-stream video, accessible parking, and shuttles. If you use mobility aids, we encourage you to bring them as it is a bit of a walk from the Main Gallery to the Graduation Courtyard.

  • Golf cart assistance will be provided
  • Wheelchairs will NOT be provided

See the Travel & Planning Resources page for recommendation from CalArts’ Office of International Student Services and Program.


For any other questions, please contact the Graduation Production team at graduation@calarts.edu.