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Seaver Spring 2022 Commencement FAQs

Class of 2022 Frequently Asked Questions

We are delighted to be able to host an in-person commencement celebration this spring for the Seaver College graduating class of 2022.

The in-person ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students will take place at Alumni Park. Graduates will have the opportunity to process across the stage, hear their name announced, receive their diploma covers, and have photos taken.

As COVID-19 guidelines are rapidly changing, those who plan to attend should stay informed about travel advisories issued by the California Department of Public Health and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

For those who cannot join us in Malibu, all in-person activities will be broadcast online, live, and on-demand for future viewing. Below please find additional information.

In-Person Commencement Ceremonies at Alumni Park

  When is the Class of 2022 commencement ceremony?

The Class of 2022 commencement ceremony will take place Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 10:30AM in Alumni Park, Malibu, CA.

  What graduates are considered part of the Class of 2022?

Students who completed their requirements in Spring 2021 who had more than 12 units in summer, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, and Summer 2022.

  If I graduated in an early year but was unable to attend the commencement ceremony can I walk in the Class of 2022 ceremony?

Please complete the Request to Walk form if you are a former Seaver College student who has graduated prior to 2022 but were unable to walk in your commencement ceremony and would like to request to walk this year. (If you are a December 2021, Spring 2022, or Summer 2022 grad you do not need to fill out this form). 

Copies of past programs will be available at the Info Booth the day of commencement, but the 2022 program will only have the names of students graduating in that class year. All students walking, however, will have their names read and displayed and will walk as part of the class the day of commencement. 

Please email SeaverGraduation@Pepperdine.edu with any questions. 

  What will the in-person commencement ceremony at Alumni Park look like?

The President and Provost will host commencement ceremonies to confer the degrees of our graduates at Alumni Park overlooking the ocean. As of January 2022, masks will be required for all guests and attendees. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2022. Guest seating will be in the bleachers.

  What will take place at the in-person commencement ceremony?

The President, Provost and Dean will present and confer degrees at this ceremony. Remarks will be given by the commencement speaker. Graduates will have the opportunity to process across the stage, hear their name announced, receive their diploma covers, and have photos taken by a professional photography service. Guests are encouraged to stay in their seats for the duration of the ceremony.

  What COVID-19 guidelines are being followed during the commencement ceremonies?

The Pepperdine University Covid response team is following LA County’s best practices for mega events. As guidelines change, we recommend checking back to the Seaver Graduation webpage frequently.

  Will I be able to invite guests to attend? How do I sign up to attend the in-person commencement ceremonies at Alumni Park?

As of January 2022 we plan to allow all guests to attend the ceremony without having to sign up. This may change as we get closer to the date of commencement, or if we have to hold the ceremony somewhere other than Alumni Park. We recommend checking back to the Seaver Graduation webpage frequently.

  What do I need to bring to the ceremony?
It is recommended that you bring sunscreen and a hat as sun-sensitive seating areas will be extremely limited.
  How can I apply to speak at the ceremony? 

Graduated seniors of 2022 may apply to speak at commencement. Two student participants are needed for each graduation: 1) Graduation Speaker; 2) Graduate to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. For additional information, please visit the Senior Speaker page. 

  Will there be concessions available? 

Due to the current county guidelines, there will not be concessions available at the ceremony, but water bottles will be made available for all graduates. Guests are welcome to bring their own water to the graduation ceremony.

  Will the ceremony be broadcast for those unable to attend?

Yes, for those who cannot join us in Malibu, all in-person activities will be broadcast online, live, and on-demand for future viewing. The link will be available on the commencement website. Livestreams will begin 15 minutes prior to the start of each commencement ceremony.

  Do I need to attend the in-person commencement ceremony at Alumni Park to have my degree conferred?

No, graduates do not need to attend to have their degree conferred. Diplomas will be mailed to you at the diploma address on file approximately 90 days after you graduate. Make sure you have a valid mailing address recorded with OneStop to ensure you receive your diploma.

Pepperdine Diploma Policy: Pepperdine University awards one diploma for each level of academic degree earned (e.g. bachelor, master). This diploma reflects all majors/program completed for that level of degree.

  Will Loqui be taking place this year?

Full details on the program and graduate participation may be found on the Loqui website.

  If I am graduating "in absentia" can I still have my name read at the commencement ceremony on the live stream?

If you are graduating "in absentia" but would still like to have your name read at the commencement ceremony please fill out this Google form no later than April 15, 2022.

  Will there be accessible parking and shuttles?

On-campus parking is available and Public Safety Officers will be 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.

  What is the rainy day plan?

In the event of rain, commencement will be moved to Firestone Fieldhouse. All graduates will take their seats prior to the start of the ceremony. Due to extremely limited indoor seating, tickets will be required for admission. Rainy Day tickets will be distributed to students at the time that a weather decision is made. Each graduate will receive two guest tickets for entrance to Firestone Fieldhouse. Graduates’ additional guests are strongly encouraged to view the ceremony via livestream from the convenience and comfort of their preferred off-campus location.

  What if I have pending financial obligations?

It is important to clear all financial obligations with the Library, the Student Health Center, the Student Accounts Office, and the Financial Aid Office prior to graduation. For Student Accounts information, call 310.506.8000. If you have borrowed a Federal Direct Stafford, Federal Perkins, or Pepperdine Institutional loan at any time while at Pepperdine, please complete an online Loan Exit Counseling session prior to graduation. For additional information, visit seaver.pepperdine.edu/admission/financial-aid/undergraduate/types/loans/loan-exit.htm.

  What photographs will be taken?

Graduates will be photographed as they receive their diplomas during the commencement ceremony by GradImages (gradimages.com). In the past, GradImages has been able to deliver proofs by email within 24 hours to graduates who indicate an email address on cards available at regalia pick up on the day before graduation. Please use this photography service and remain seated during the ceremony.

 

Regalia

  Do I need to wear regalia for the in-person commencement ceremony?

Yes. Graduation regalia distribution will be held at Grad Fest on Friday, April 29, on the Malibu Campus at Mullin Town Square. The Seaver College stoles/sashes will also be available for purchase. Please check the Seaver College Grad Fest page for more information regarding Grad Fest.

  Do I need to order or reserve regalia?

Attending Graduates:
Graduates attending the ceremony in person can reserve graduation regalia during Graduation Kickoff, held on the Malibu campus at the bookstore on Monday, March 14 and Tuesday, March 15 from 10am-4pm. The regalia will be provided by Herff Jones free of charge but it must be returned after the ceremony. Regalia will be distributed based on sizing (height). Students interested in purchasing sash/stoles will be able to do so during Graduation Kickoff. 

Non-attending Graduates:
Graduates who will not be participating in the commencement ceremonies may rent a cap and gown directly from Herff Jones to have them shipped to their homes. Due to delayed shipping and COVID-19 cleaning protocols, regalia rentals may take several weeks to arrive. There will be a charge to rent regalia and for shipping.

  Will regalia be shipped to my home or can I pick it up at Alumni Park?

Regalia will be available for pickup at Grad Fest on Friday, April 29, on the Malibu Campus at Mullin Town Square. Graduates who wish to have regalia shipped to their homes may rent a cap and gown directly from Herff Jones, however, there will be a charge for this option.

  Can I rent regalia on the day of my commencement ceremony?

A limited amount of regalia will be available at Alumni Park on the day of your ceremony; however, to avoid waiting in possibly long lines, we strongly recommend picking up your regalia at Grad Fest on Friday, April 29, on the Malibu Campus at Mullin Town Square.

  How do I return my regalia after the in-person commencement ceremony?

All rented regalia should be dropped off in the return bins located at Alumni Park following your ceremony.

  How do I return my rented regalia if I cannot attend the in-person ceremony?

Please use the return shipping label that was included in your original delivery to ship back to Herff Jones.

  Can I keep my cap and tassel that came with my rented regalia?

Yes, the cap, tassel, and purchased stoles/sashes are yours to keep.


Honor Cords

  How do graduates get honor cords?

Honor cords are only given to undergraduate students who have a minimum 3.5 GPA. You will be contacted by your school’s commencement coordinator or academic advisor during the spring semester if you are eligible to receive one. They are free of charge.

  Where do I pick up my honor cord?

Honor cords will be available for pickup prior to your commencement at the Graduate Check-In area. Honors students are asked to arrive at Alumni Park at 9am on the morning of the ceremony.

 

Diplomas & Program

  When will I get my diploma?

Diplomas will be mailed to your permanent address approximately eight to twelve weeks after degrees are conferred on April 30. Make sure you have a valid mailing address recorded with OneStop to ensure you receive your diploma.

Pepperdine Diploma Policy: Pepperdine University awards one diploma for each level of academic degree earned (e.g. bachelor, master). This diploma reflects all majors/program completed for that level of degree.

  Will my name be in my class’s commencement printed program?

If you have worked with OneStop to confirm that your requirements are complete, you will be listed in the program (more details can be found here). Get cleared by April 4, 2022 to guarantee your name in the program.

  How do I get a copy of the printed program?

The commencement printed program will be handed out to students and guests at the in-person ceremonies at Alumni Park. You will also be able to download a copy of the program from the commencement website.