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Instructions for Graduates

Graduate Instructions


We request that graduates arrive 1.5 hours prior to the start of the ceremony to check in, get assistance robing, and to line up.

The check in location will be provided within the FINAL DETAILS graduate communications distributed between (1) one and (2) two weeks prior to the ceremony.  


Cap and Gown

Graduates should arrive on campus with their pre ordered cap and gowns. CAPS AND GOWNS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE ONSITE. Please pre-order them by the provided deadline announced on the “Next Steps” communication. 

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 one hour prior to the ceremonies start time. Please listen for instructions which will be made over the PA system. You will then be led down to begin the processional.



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

Guest Seating

Seating is available on a first-come-first-served basis. Graduates guest ticket allotment will be determined on a ceremony by ceremony basis and confirmed between 8 and 6 weeks prior to the ceremony. If tickets are required for the ceremony, graduates will receive detailed information about ticket quantity (per graduate), ticket distribution, and opportunities to request for additional tickets approximately 8 weeks prior to the ceremony via an email to their Pepperdine email address.