Graduate and Professional

Commencement Ceremony Information

Azusa Pacific University hosts two commencement weekends, one in May and one in December.

Tickets are required for all guests to attend commencement. An allotted number of tickets will be distributed to cleared graduating students. 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. Commencement ceremonies are approximately two hours in length.

Graduation Requirements

Graduates must be cleared by the Office of the Graduate and Professional Registrar to participate in the commencement ceremony. To participate in graduation exercises, all academic requirements must be complete or in process, and all financial obligations to the university must be met.

Visit the Graduate and Professional Registrar’s graduation page for important information about the requirements to graduate, including Intent to Commence and/or Graduate form deadlines and degree posting details.

Gold Cords/Honors

Most universities reserve traditional awarding of summa cum laude, magna cum laude, or cum laude for baccalaureate students only. That is APU’s practice, as well.

Qualifying professional bachelor’s students may graduate with honors. The minimum GPA requirements for Latin honors are as follows:

3.90 – summa cum laude
3.80 – magna cum laude
3.70 – cum laude

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

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I purchase my cap and gown?
Graduates can purchase their caps and gowns during Grad Fest, which takes place at the University Bookstore and online. A discount applies when you purchase Grad Packs during Grad Fest. For more information, email

Where do I get my cap and gown?
If you do not choose to have your cap and gown shipped to you, they will be available for pickup inside the University Bookstore located on West Campus the week of commencement during normal business hours. Photo ID is required to pick up your cap and gown. For more information, contact the bookstore at (626) 815-5044 or

When can I expect my diploma in the mail?
Diploma cases will be awarded at the commencement ceremony. Diplomas are mailed approximately three months after graduation.

Are there any discounts available to APU graduates?
Alumni receive a variety of discounts and benefits including a 50 percent discount at all athletic events, $1 off all theater productions, and access to the Azusa Pacific campus libraries. View a complete list of alumni benefits.

How do I obtain my transcripts?
Visit Academic Transcripts to order your transcripts. Transcripts cost $5 each and take approximately 7–10 working days to process.

Are job opportunities available at APU?
Yes, many job opportunities exist at APU. For a complete list, visit APU's Employment Opportunities.

How do I order personalized graduation announcements?

When and where does the commencement ceremony take place?
View the upcoming commencement schedule.

Can I purchase a video of the event?
Yes, commencement ceremonies are professionally recorded by APU. You may purchase a personalized DVD for $19.99, plus tax and shipping, at or by calling (800) 933-1950.