Instructions for Graduates

Graduate Instructions

Check-in

We request that graduates arrive by 8:45 a.m. to check in.

Upon arriving at Pepperdine University (Malibu Campus), please go directly to Intramural Field (South) where you will find the check-in tables, that will be arranged by program. At this time you will be asked to verify your personal information and be given a name card. 

Cap and Gown

After check-in, graduates will be directed to the designated area where you will be fitted for your cap and gown. There is no fee for cap and gown rental.

Graduates will then be directed to the area where you will be assisted with robing.

We suggest wearing "business casual" attire and do not recommend wearing a suit, which is likely to be too warm. Comfortable shoes are also suggested, as you will march in the processional and recessional. Please note: there will not be a storage area for personal belongings.

Gowns must be returned to the designated return area after the ceremony.

Line Up

Line up of graduates will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m.

Please listen for instructions which will be made over the PA system. When your program is called, please report promptly to the designated area and line up in numerical order (according to the number on your name card). Once the line up process is completed, students who excelled in their studies will be recognized for their achievement during the presentation of the honor cords.You will then be lead down to begin the processional.

Ceremony

The graduation ceremony will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. and will conclude at noon.

During the ceremony, graduates should remain standing until all graduates have completed the procession. Men should remove their caps for prayers, the national anthem, and the pledge of allegiance. 

When the graduate candidates are asked to rise, please rise together and remain standing until the president or dean confers the degree, then you may sit down. Upon cue from the ushers, graduates will rise and proceed to the stage row by row.

  • Enter the stage on the RIGHT side.
  • Hand your name card to the card collector.
  • As your name is called, walk across the stage to receive your diploma jacket in your left hand.
  • Shake hands with the president with your right hand.
  • Exit the stage on the LEFT side to have your photo taken.
  • Return to your seat.

Guest Seating

The commencement ceremony is a ticketed event. All guests are required a ticket to receive entry into the ceremony venue. Seating is available on a first come first served basis. Any child(ren) who look over the age of 3 will require a ticket.

Reception

A light reception will be held immediately following the ceremony. This will be an opportunity to reunite with your guests, fellow graduates and faculty members for photos and light snacks.