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Commencement FAQs

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  1. When are commencement ceremonies held for the Business School?

    The Pepperdine Graziadio Business School hosts commencement ceremonies after the Spring and Summer terms. The Spring ceremony will include graduates from both the Fall and Spring graduate classes. A complete list of ceremony dates can be found HERE.
  2. When will I receive details about the ceremony? 

    Potential graduates will receive the first communication regarding the ceremony approximately (8) eight weeks prior to the ceremony.  It will outline next steps on confirming your participation and will be distributed to your Pepperdine email address.
  3. How many ceremonies will be held?  

    We host (1) one commencement ceremony per term.  The ceremony includes all graduates from all of the programs. If the format of the ceremony changes, graduates will be notified as soon as possible.

  4. Is the ceremony ticketed?  How many guests can I bring?

    Graduates guest ticket allotment will be determined on a ceremony by ceremony basis and confirmed between 8 and 6 weeks prior to the ceremony. 
  5. Will the ceremony be held indoors or outdoors?

    The ceremony will be held on the Malibu campus. Confirmation of the ceremony locations will be determined and announced between 8 and 6 weeks prior to the ceremony. Detailed instructions for guidelines for graduates, and their guests, will be available no later than 2 weeks prior to the ceremony.
  6. Will my guest under 3 years of age require a ticket? 

    If the ceremony is ticketed, guests 2 years of age, and under, do not require a ticket.
  7. I graduated/will graduate in a previous or upcoming term, can I participate in the current term’s ceremony?

    For “Graduate Walkers” that fall outside of the current term, please submit your request here. We will confirm availability to participate in the ceremony no later than 4 weeks prior to the ceremony.
  8. Are there COVID related guidelines for graduates and guests?

    The University, and the Business School, continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and guidelines outlined by the CDC and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH). We will confirm guidelines for graduates, and their guests, no later than 2 weeks prior to the ceremony.
  9. How long will the ceremony last?

    The graduation ceremony will begin promptly at its indicated start time and will last approximately (2) two hours.

  10. Will the ceremony be Live Streamed?

    Yes, the commencement ceremony will be live streamed.  Graduates will be provided the link with the FINAL COMMENCEMENT DETAILS approximately (1) one week prior to the ceremony or guests can visit this page to view the ceremony.