Westcliff University Commencement 2023

Westcliff University Commencement 2023

Your next chapter starts now!

We are eagerly anticipating Westcliff University’s 2023 Commencement Ceremony. An amazing celebration of the remarkable achievements of our graduating students. We take great pride in our Warriors and are excited to witness their influence extend beyond the classroom, serving as role models and paving the way for future generations.

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2023 Speaker Bio: Robert ‘Hoot’ Gibson

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Robert “Hoot” Gibson is a legendary figure whose life is intertwined with the skies above. He has pushed the boundaries of human exploration and inspired countless individuals with his incredible journeys. Hoot’s pursuit of knowledge led him to earn a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical engineering from California Polytechnic State University in 1969. He values education and emphasizes the importance of dedication and perseverance in one’s career. His own exceptional career is a testament to these principles.

Hoot joined the U.S. Navy and underwent flight training at various Naval Air Stations. He graduated from the prestigious Naval Fighter Weapons School also known as “TOPGUN” and flew combat missions in Vietnam. His expertise as a pilot led him to become an instructor, sharing his knowledge with future aviators. Throughout his military career, Hoot accumulated more than 6,000 flight hours in a wide array of civil and military aircraft, earning multiple military awards for his outstanding service.

westcliff university commencement robert gibson astronautSelected by NASA to join the astronaut corps, he became an astronaut in 1979. Hoot embarked on five space shuttle missions, spending a total of 36-1/2 days in space. Not only did Hoot excel as an astronaut, but he also made significant contributions to NASA. He played a role in investigating the Space Challenger accident and was involved in the redesign and recertification of solid rocket boosters. Hoot served as the Chief of the Astronaut Office until 1994. Following his retirement from NASA in 1996, he pursued private business interests and became a pilot for Southwest Airlines.

Even after retiring from commercial aviation, Hoot continued to fuel his passion for flying. He participated in air races where he triumphed and won many prestigious awards along the way. Hoot’s exceptional achievements have earned him a place in the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame and the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

Graduation Information

Friday, June 9, 2023

6 PM* PDT at OC Great Park at the Championship Soccer Stadium, Irvine, CA

*Doors open at 5 PM PDT for guests, graduates should be on site no later than 4:30 PM PDT

Food Trucks will be available onsite for food and beverages.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will graduation be held?

OC Great Park at the Championship Soccer Stadium, Irvine, CA

Do I need my regalia for the ceremony?

Yes! You are required to be in your regalia in order to participate.

Can I wear heels?

You can wear heels but they CANNOT be stilettos. Wedges are fine

What time do I need to be at the venue?

Please arrive no later than 4:30 PM.

Are party poppers or confetti allowed?

NO. All party poppers or confetti type products are prohibited and will be confiscated at entrance.

How many tickets will I get for my guest attendees?

Currently, the event is an open event. No tickets are required. You are welcome to invite the whole family. Please note the University reserves the right to enforce ticket restrictions if the number of attendees exceeds capacity.

Will I receive my diploma at the ceremony?

Diplomas are picked up from the Registrar Department. They are not handed out at the ceremony but can be picked up in advance of the ceremony. Please reach out to graduationforms@westcliff.edu to set up an appointment.

If you have any additional questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to us at commencement@westcliff.edu

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Career and Professional Development

Career and Professional Development

The Westcliff University Alumni Relations Department seeks to educate, inspire and empower students beyond graduation and throughout their career journeys. We support, engage and build a community for Westcliff graduates by providing opportunities for connection, leadership, and philanthropy. Joining the Westcliff University Alumni Association is quick, easy and free of charge: Register today