Alder Commencement 2024


Save the Date!

We are excited to celebrate the Class of 2024 and all you have achieved. See below for details for each of our ceremonies. Bookmark this page for up-to-date information.

Ceremony Details

Southern California Commencement

  • Location: Whittier College – Whittier, CA
  • Time: 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
  • Keynote: Dr. Betina Hsieh

Northern California Commencement

  • Location: Cal State University East Bay (CSUEB) Pioneer Amphitheater – Hayward, CA
  • Time: 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
  • Keynote: Dr. Travis Bristol

Regalia FAQ

What do I wear for commencement? For the commencement ceremony graduates will wear a black Master’s gown, a black mortar board cap, a Master’s hood in Alder colors (purple and green with light blue for education), and a Class of 2024 light blue tassel. 

Where can I buy or borrow regalia? There are options to purchase or rent each item of regalia or different packages depending on what you need. You are also welcome to use your own regalia from past graduations, or to borrow any of these items from friends, family or colleagues. 

  • To buy: Visit Balfour Regalia Ordering. The site also includes custom and cultural stoles and other items you may want to celebrate your graduation. If you have any questions about purchasing regalia, you can contact Balfour directly at @ 1-800-683-4771 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CST), Monday-Friday or email them @ While the order form suggests you must order by late April, we highly recommend that you get your order in earlier, by the end of February at the latest.
  • To borrow: Alder also has a number of Master’s caps & gowns available to borrow at no cost, though we do ask you to dry clean before returning them. These are available first-come, first-served and based on availability by size. To request a cap and gown to borrow, please complete this request form by March 10, 2024 and we will contact you should we have your size available. This will allow you enough time to purchase regalia if we don’t have availability in your size.

General FAQ

How many guests can I invite? In order to accommodate all our graduates’ friends, families, and colleagues please limit your guest list to 10 guests per graduate.

Will there be accessible seating and accommodations at the venues? Alder is actively working with our venues and vendors to provide accessible seating for those who need it.

Are the ceremonies indoors or outdoors? In order to accommodate as many guests as possible, our ceremonies will be held outdoors. Please do keep in mind that our ceremonies are in June when the weather can be unpredictable. As the Commencement Weekend approaches, we encourage you to monitor the temperature to ensure that attendance is in the best interest of your guests’ health and safety.

Can I decorate my cap or wear a cultural stole? We love seeing our graduates’ creativity shine through cap decorations & stoles representing their culture or organizations close to their hearts. If you are borrowing a cap from Alder, please be sure your decorations are easily removable.

Other questions? Please contact