Commencement Ceremonies Please remember that commencement is different from the actual graduation process. Commencement refers to the ceremony, which is an opportunity for the students to share the excitement and importance of their academic accomplishments with peers, family, and friends. Graduation is a four-step process which includes a payment through ZZUsis, please see Steps to Graduation. You need to apply to graduate before you can register to participate in Commencement, two distinct functions. There is no charge to participate in Commencement. See "Fall" or "Spring" for more detailed information on the Commencement process.