Frequently Asked Questions | Pepperdine University | Graziadio Business School

Frequently Asked Questions

Graduation Information

Can my family come later than 8:45 a.m.?

Yes. The commencement exercise starts promptly at 10:30 a.m. We ask that guests be seated prior to that time.

Are there any special disability accommodations?

If you have a family member who requires special assistance in walking, he or she can be left off directly in front of Firestone Fieldhouse before parking your vehicle. A special section is reserved for guest with special needs (i.e. wheelchairs, walkers). The graduation volunteer hosts will be able to provide directions to special seating once you arrive.

Is my cap, gown, and master's degree hood mine to take home?

No. The cap, gown, and hood are rented for the day. However, if you would like to purchase a cap, gown or hood, you may do so by contacting Bill Purcell, representative of Herff-Jones, at http://www.herff-jones.com/capgown/.

May I pick up my cap and gown early to have portrait photos taken?

No. Caps and gowns are delivered directly to the campus the morning of the graduation.

What do I do with my cap and gown once the ceremony has been completed?

Cap and gowns need to be returned to the designated return area located near the reception area.

What happens if I don't return them?

The cost of the cap and gown will be charged to your student account. Please identify who you are when you return them.

Will the bookstore be open?

The bookstore will be open for business after graduation. It will also have a booth located at Firestone Fieldhouse. You may purchase merchandise at both locations.

Is there a place for graduates to keep their belongings?

There is no secure place for graduates to store their belongings during the ceremony. It is suggested that you leave your personal items with a family member or keep them in your car.

Will there be an opportunity to take pictures in the cap and gown?

Yes! After the ceremony we will be hosting a light reception where you and your guests may take pictures prior to returning your regalia.

What do I do with my cap and gown once the ceremony has been completed?

Cap and gowns need to be returned to the designated return area located outside Firestone Fieldhouse.

I have never been to the Malibu campus; will I know where to go and where to park?

Upon arriving at the Malibu campus there will be signs directing you to the Fieldhouse Parking Lot and other designated parking lots. Guests and graduates may park in the following lots: Rho, Upsilon, Main, Theme Tower and Drescher. Additionally you may park on Seaver Drive, Banowsky Blvd, and John Tyler Drive. Be prepared to walk a short distance. 

If my guests arrive with me what should they do prior to the ceremony?

If guests arrive prior to 10:30 am, when the ceremony begins, they may walk around the campus, purchase coffee/merchandise, and select their seats.