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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 at the end of the Spring and Summer terms.  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. Graduates will be notified if tickets will be required and the allotted amount of tickets per graduates between 8 and 6 weeks prior to the ceremony. 
  5. Will the ceremony be held indoors or outdoors?
    All ceremonies will be held on the Malibu campus. The Spring (April) ceremony will be held at Alumni Park (outdoors) and the Summer (August) ceremony will be held in the Firestone Fieldhouse (indoors). 
    If you are on track to complete your program and graduate during a Summer ceremony, but would like to participate in the Spring ceremony,  please submit your request here. 
  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. You can gain access to the upcoming and previous ceremonies HERE.

  11. Will there be accessible parking and shuttles?
    On-campus parking is available and Public Safety Officers will direct traffic on the day of commencement. Shuttles will be in service, available at any marked campus shuttle stop. Special parking arrangements have been made for guests with special accessibility needs at convenient locations, and guests with accessibility needs can be directed to these locations by Public Safety Officers. Carpooling is recommended due to possible traffic delays. For more information, contact the Department of Public Safety at the information booths or call 310.506.4700.
  12. Looking for Your Diploma?
    Your diploma will be mailed to you following graduation and may take up to eight weeks to arrive. If you have further questions, please contact the registrar’s office.