Important Change to Graduation Events

To enhance the commencement experience at Azusa Pacific, beginning this academic year, the university will host two commencement weekends in May and December. The July 2015 ceremony has been discontinued, allowing APU to focus more resources and energy on these significant events.

View the Commencement Changes FAQ (PDF) for answers to your important questions. The Office of the Graduate Registrar is also available to assist you at (626) 815-4570.

Intent to Commence and/or Graduate

Graduation is not automatic upon completion of all course work in a degree program. Students who intend to graduate must complete the Intent to Commence and/or Graduate form at least 90 days prior to degree posting, along with the current graduation fee. The graduation dates are listed in the Class Schedule and Academic Calendar. A degree is granted based on the completion of all requirements prior to degree posting dates.

Intent to Commence and/or Graduate form deadline dates are available online at In general, the Intent to Commence and/or Graduate form is due 90 days before the anticipated graduation date.

Commencement Information

Tickets are required for all guests to attend commencement. An allotted number of tickets will be distributed to graduating students in their graduation apparel mailing. The allotted number of tickets will be determined by the number of graduates. Therefore, it is subject to change for each ceremony. Additional tickets are not available and cannot be purchased.

In the event of inclement weather, a scheduled outdoor event will be moved to the Felix Event Center. Rain tickets that have been distributed to students, faculty, and administration will be required. Check current publications, such as the Graduation Newsletter (PDF), or call the Graduate and Professional Center at (626) 815-4570, for specific information including dates and times. Commencement ceremonies are approximately two hours in length.

For more specific information about the upcoming graduation, read the Graduation Newsletter (PDF) for doctoral and master’s degree students. ELM-BSN students will receive a special edition of the Graduation Newsletter via email.

For more information about APU commencement, visit

Gold Cords/Honors

The academic standard to which graduate students are held is higher than for baccalaureate students. Failure to maintain a 3.0 is grounds for dismissal from the program. For these reasons, most universities reserve traditional awarding of Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude for baccalaureate students only. That is APU’s practice as well.

The only honors available to graduate students are affiliations with various honor’s societies. Both the School of Nursing and the School of Education have affiliations with honor’s societies. Information about them is handled completely by the schools. The university does not note these affiliations in the commencement program; however, the honor’s societies usually award the member with a cord or other insignia, which students may wear at commencement. Questions should be referred to the department.

Contact a program advisor for information about department honors or membership in various honor societies.

Cap Size

Caps are one size fits all. You will not need to determine your cap size.

Degree Posting Questions

What is a posted degree?
“Posted degree” means that all degree requirements have been met and the degree has been recorded on your official academic record.

When are degrees posted?
The university posts graduate degrees to students’ permanent records five times each year according to a predetermined schedule. All degree requirements must be met prior to the posting date. The posting dates for graduate students are at the end of each regular semester (fall, spring, and summer, and at the end of Fall II). The regular semesters and terms for graduate students (with approximate posting dates shown in parenthesis) are: Fall Traditional Session and Fall 9-Week Session 1 (December 15), Fall 9-Week Session 2 (January 31), Spring Traditional Session and Spring 9-Week Session 1 (May 1), Spring 9-Week Session 2 (June 30), Summer Traditional Session, Summer 6-Week Session 1, Summer 6-Week Session 2, and Summer 5-Week Session 1 (July 30).

For degrees completed on dates other than these, the posting will occur on the next degree posting date. Exception to this policy may be granted upon petition, to the Graduate Registrar.

How do I get a copy of my degree being posted?
Transcripts of Azusa Pacific University course work are available approximately six weeks after the completion of courses. Contact the Graduate Registrar at (626) 815-4570 for specific information. Transcripts, diplomas, and/or verifications of degrees will not be released until all the student’s financial obligations to the university are met.