Graduation

What to expect on that special day

Below is information about FIDM Graduation and the awards available at the various campuses. View more information about FIDM Graduation in our Campus Life section.

Graduation Commencement Exercises

Graduates of the summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters are encouraged to attend the formal graduation ceremony held in June in Los Angeles and San Francisco.  With the exception of the Bachelor's degree programs, a $250.00 non-refundable cap and gown and graduation fee is applicable upon matriculation regardless of whether a student participates in the ceremony or not. 

Graduation Check
(Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego campuses)
Prior to registering for the last quarter, students are responsible for completing the "Apply for Degree" request. This link is found on the FIDM Portal. A final graduation check is done to ensure that all course requirements have been met. A tentative graduation list is posted, based upon applications that are received. A 2.0 grade point average is required for graduation. Students are encouraged to complete the Graduation Checklist found on the FIDM Portal prior to leaving campus.
Commencement Honors
Any student receiving a 3.5 or higher cumulative grade point average graduates cum laude, a 3.8 or higher cumulative grade point average graduates magna cum laude, and a 3.95 or higher cumulative grade point average graduates summa cum laude. This is noted on the student's diploma.
Diplomas

Final degrees are not awarded at the commencement ceremony. Diplomas are mailed to all graduates six months after their graduation date if the student is financially cleared. It is the graduate's responsibility to complete the online application for their degree in order for their diploma to be sent to the appropriate address.

Valedictorian

Students from each graduating class who have achieved a 3.98 cumulative grade point average or above are eligible for consideration as Class Valedictorian. Candidates will be asked to submit a written valedictory speech. The submitted speeches are reviewed by a panel of college staff and faculty. One speech is chosen to represent the class based on an oral and written presentation of the proposed speech.

Graduation Awards FIDM Los Angeles & San Diego

AAFA Award
This award is given to an outstanding Apparel Industry Management graduate by the American Apparel & Footwear Association, Inc.  The winning graduate is chosen by the Apparel Industry Management faculty based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher, professional attitude, leadership capabilities, managerial skills, industry involvement, and community service.

Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing Award
The Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing Award is presented to a graduate for outstanding achievement in the Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing Department.  Faculty choose the recipient, using criteria based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher, professionalism, leadership capabilities, and industry experience.

Business Management Award
The Business Management Award recognizes an outstanding baccalaureate graduate in the Bachelor of Science program.  The recipient is selected by the Business Management faculty and Chairperson based upon a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher, demonstrated understanding of management concepts, exceptional leadership, and professionalism.

Digital Media Award
The Digital Media Award is presented to a graduate for outstanding achievement in Digital Media.  Instructors select the winner based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher, dedication, creativity, excellent technical skills, and a strong passion for the industry.

Fashion Design Award
The Fashion Design Award recognizes the outstanding achievement of a graduate in the Fashion Design program who has exhibited remarkable awareness of the creative and technical process of producing apparel.  The Fashion Design faculty selects nominees based on graduates who have attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or higher.  Finalists submit a portfolio and participate in an interview process.

Graphic Design Award
The Graphic Design Award is presented to a graduate for outstanding achievement in the Graphic Design program. The Graphic Design faculty chooses a winner based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher, professionalism, creativity, and craftsmanship skills.

Interior Design Award
The Interior Design award honors a graduate for outstanding achievement in the Interior Design program.  Nominees submit a portfolio and resume for consideration.  The winner is selected by the Interior Design faculty and Chairperson based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher, excellent technical skills, professionalism, and industry involvement.  

Jewelry Design Award
The Jewelry Design Award recognizes the graduate who exhibits an exceptional understanding of the creative and technical process of designing jewelry.  The Jewelry Design faculty determines the winner from a circulated list of graduates who have attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher.

Merchandise Marketing Award
The Merchandise Marketing award is presented to a graduate for outstanding achievement in Merchandise Marketing.  The Merchandise Marketing faculty selects the winner based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or higher, leadership capabilities, professionalism, dedication to the industry, and industry experience.

Merchandise Product Development Award
The Merchandise Product Development Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the Merchandise Product Development Department.  Faculty select the winning graduate based on a 3.8 or higher cumulative grade point average, leadership capabilities, professionalism, and industry involvement..

Visual Communications Award

The Visual Communications Award recognizes the graduate who has made an exceptional and sustained effort to achieve excellence in the art of visual communication.  Faculty selects the winner based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher, creativity, craftsmanship skills, professional attitude, and industry involvement.

Sally Sirkin Lewis Award
The Sally Sirkin Lewis Award is given to an outstanding Interior Design student who demonstrates exceptional creativity and innovation in approaching Interior Design projects and has a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher.  Nominees submit a portfolio and resume for consideration.  

Graduation Awards  FIDM San Francisco

Business Management Award
The Business Management Award recognizes an outstanding baccalaureate graduate in the Bachelor of Science program. The recipient is selected by the Business Management faculty and Chairperson based upon a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher, demonstrated understanding of management concepts, exceptional leadership, and professionalism.

Cyril Magnin Award
The Cyril Magnin Award is given to a Merchandise Marketing graduate who shows outstanding promise in the field of merchandise marketing, and best exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit of one of FIDM's founding Advisory Board members, Mr. Cyril Magnin.  Nominees are selected based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher coupled with a nomination by department faculty. Ellen Magnin interviews the finalists and selects the winner.

Graphic Design Award
The Graphic Design Award is awarded to one graduate for outstanding achievement in the field of Graphic Design. Graduates are qualified for the award by achieving a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher. A panel of industry professionals interviews candidates. The award recipient is determined based on presentation of professional skills, creativity, and craftsmanship skills.

Henry Adams Award
The Henry Adams Award is awarded to an outstanding Interior Design graduate who exhibits exceptional design creativity and imagination, combined with exemplary technical skills and dedication to the pursuit of excellence in interior design.  Nominees are selected based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher and nomination by the department faculty. Candidates are interviewed and a winner selected by a panel of industry professionals.

Robert J. Mahoney Award
The Robert J. Mahoney Award recognizes the achievements of an outstanding Visual Communications graduate who exhibits exceptional creativity and technical skills from concept to project execution in the area of visual communications.  Nominees are selected based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher and voted on by the department faculty.  A panel comprised of industry professionals and FIDM faculty interviews and selects the award winner.

Levi Strauss Award
The Levi Strauss Award is presented for outstanding achievement in Fashion Design. This award recognizes a graduate who exhibits an exceptional understanding of the creative and practical process of developing and producing an apparel collection.  The Fashion Design faculty, from a circulated list of graduates who have attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher, votes on the finalists. A panel of industry professionals interviews all finalists and selects the award winner.

Wilkes Bashford Award
The Wilkes Bashford Award is awarded to a Merchandise Product Development graduate for excellence in the field.  Nominees who attained a 3.7 or higher cumulative grade point average are nominated by the department faculty. The award recognizes a graduate who possesses exceptional skills in understanding the product cycle and demonstrated expertise in the technical aspects of product development.  Wilkes Bashford interviews candidates and selects the winner.