Yes, in line with recommendations from multiple governmental and health agencies, limiting the number of people at gatherings, the University is postponing all commencement ceremonies scheduled for the spring. Nonetheless, graduating students who complete their coursework will receive their degrees as scheduled and should be assured that commencement ceremonies will take place on the Malibu campus at a future date. Please check the Seaver Graduation website for updates.
Yes, in order to receive your diploma you need to be cleared through OneStop. The link to the intent to graduate form can be found here.
The academic receptions are a time to mingle with families, students, and professors from the division. Part of the reception is unscheduled time to enjoy refreshments. There will be a short "program" where outstanding students will be recognized for each major.
→ For more information about the academic receptions, go to https://seaver.pepperdine.edu/graduation/schedule/
Baccalaureate is a worship service for students and their families to celebrate this special time in their lives and to take the time to pray for continued blessing and thanks. This is a special event where faculty wear their regalia and march into the Firestone Fieldhouse. There are often student performances (Won by One, choir, or something similar), and the message is often given by a faculty member. Attendance is not mandatory and there are no RSVPs for the event.
There are no tickets for the outdoor graduation ceremony in Alumni Park, and seating is available on a first-come first-served basis.
In the event of rain on the day of graduation, the ceremony will be moved to Firestone Fieldhouse. Regardless of the anticipated weather on graduation day, each graduate may receive 2 Rainy Day tickets. After the last Wednesday convocation of the spring semester, all graduates are encouraged to pick up their 2 tickets at OneStop on the second floor of Thornton Administrative Center. A photo ID and signature will be required to pick up these tickets. It is not possible to "purchase" or request extra rainy day tickets. Students are welcome to coordinate with friends who expect fewer guests. Graduates' additional guests are strongly encouraged to view the ceremony via live stream from the convenience and comfort of their preferred off-campus location.
10:30am, ending at approximately 1:00pm
Students picking up honors cords should arrive by 9am, and all other students should arrive by 9:30am at the latest.
Yes, but can become limited. We stress carpooling, and early arrival! By 9am is probably best!
Yes. Livestream Link
There's not technically a rehearsal, but we ask graduates to arrive no later than 9:30am at the latest the morning of graduation so that they can be instructed as to how the ceremony is going to proceed and what they need to do/know.
Parking lot P is designated for handicapped/elderly people. From this parking lot, there are two options for ceremony seating:
inside the air-conditioned Firestone Fieldhouse where Commencement will livestream
on the large screen;
and in Alumni Park in a designated handicapped seating area, open and uncovered with spaces for wheelchairs next to chairs. Each guest in a wheelchair can bring one person to sit with them in this area. There will be golf carts coming back and forth between parking lot P and Alumni Park to do pick-ups and drop offs. Another option would be to pull up next to Alumni Park, drop off the handicapped guest, and park elsewhere. Graduation hosts will greet handicapped guests as they enter the graduation arena and assist with seating.
Info on handicapped accommodations can be found on our website here: https://seaver.pepperdine.edu/graduation/services/handicap.htm
No, there will be one wheelchair used to help transport guests from their transportation to their seat, but there are not wheelchairs available to use for the duration of the day.
No; due to the limited amount we are able to provide, sun sensitive seating is first come, first served for a fairly small space. But this year there is another seating option -- inside the air-conditioned Firestone Fieldhouse where Commencement will livestream on the large screen.
Not typically, but we may be able to make special arrangements for an ASL interpreter if given enough advance notice from a student or a guest. Requests may be directed to the Office of Student Accessibility: email@example.com ; 310.506.6776. (Closed Captioning will be available by accessing a related a link on the Graduation APP, available in coming months.)
There is no dress code. However, graduates/guests may wish to wear something that is nice yet casual (e.g. what one would wear to Sunday service at church). Layering is recommended for the day of graduation, as it is likely to be chilly in the morning but warm by the end of the ceremony.
There are restroom trailers on your left when you are facing the stage/ocean.
Guests may purchase bouquets and floral leis before and after graduation. They can also be bought online ahead of time and picked up at their booth. We prefer that they not be given to the graduates until after the commencement exercises. We request that flowers not be carried during the graduation ceremony.
Consistent with university policies, pets are not allowed at commencement services except for guide, service, or signal dogs.
Water is available, and coffee & small snacks will be available for purchase. Attendees are permitted to bring small snack items like granola bars and water. Receptacles will be throughout the premises for waste & recycling.
Yes, located at the info booth!
A list of nearby hotels is offered on our Parents Program page.
Yes, students must complete and submit their Intent to Graduate form to OneStop. They should follow the emailed instructions for the priority deadline, but the College continues to receive and process applications until the week before graduation. Students who apply for graduation late in the semester risk not having their names in the program and they will be seated at the end of the graduating class.
At the Winter Grad Fair there will be a list of students who have been cleared to graduate this spring as of that week, if students want to check their clearance. If they are not on the list or if checking after the grad fair in early February, please encourage them to contact OneStop/their academic advisor.
Students must be within 12 units of graduation by the end of the spring semester and must be pre-registered for these units in the following summer term. As there are many additional eligibility requirements, please reference page 75 of the Seaver 2019-2020 Academic Catalog: https://seaver.pepperdine.edu/academics/content/2019-seaver-catalog.pdf
Senior portraits: Grad Images customer service department: 800.261.2576; email firstname.lastname@example.org
Regalia rentals, announcements, thank-you notes, class ring, diploma frame: Herff Jones customer service department: 877.454.7231
- Will there be another day that the photographer is on campus to take announcement
- No. Winter Grad Fair dates/times are the only days we bring Grad Images on campus to take graduation announcement photos. Grad Images does not have a separate studio for make-up pictures. However, these photos are not required. You could also arrange a photo session at your convenience with another photographer or a friend if you would like senior photos to distribute. The photographer will be here on the day of graduation to take photos as you graduate.
- How do I reserve my cap and gown?
- Reserve your cap and gown at herffjones.com/college/pepperdine.
- I wasn't able to reserve my gown before the deadline! Will I still be able to get
- We rent enough gowns from Herff Jones so that all students who graduate will be able to wear one; there just won't be one ordered to your specified height (which is okay because there will be a variety of sizes...and graduation regalia isn't exactly form fitting).
Please check back in early 2019.
You can send a friend to pick up your cap and gown as long as they have your photo ID and know your height and what degree you will be getting.
Cum laude honors recognize those who achieve a 3.5 grade point average over their entire undergraduate career. Magna cum laude honors recognize those who achieve a 3.7 grade point average. Summa cum laude honors recognize those who achieve a 3.9 grade point average.
- Do you round up for academic honors (cum laude, etc.)?
- Can I wear any cords other than my cum laude honor cords?
- No. The only approved additions to regalia are the Pepperdine honor cords.
Yes. They are available for $34.95 (plus tax) during Winter Grad Fair and are included in all regalia packages.
Academic honors as listed above are determined by Registrar staff once all grades are in for the semester. Summer graduates will not have their official honor noted until completion of summer work are conferred by each division. Students should contact OneStop/their academic advisor with any questions.
No. (But they do get a fancier robe!)
No, Pepperdine presents one diploma per degree level (e.g., BA, MA, etc.). Your diploma will reflect all majors and minors you completed.
Diplomas will be mailed to your address on file approximately 90 days after your degree posted date. Make sure you have a valid mailing address on file with OneStop to ensure you receive your diploma.