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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) 815-4545.

General Graduation FAQs

Where do I get my cap and gown?
Doctoral and master's graduates should receive their caps and gowns in the mail. For graduates with last-minute clearances, contact Alicia York in the Office of the Graduate Registrar at (626) 815-4547 in order to make an appointment to pick up your cap and gown.

Do I need to fill out any paperwork to graduate?
All students intending to graduate (whether or not they plan to participate in the commencement ceremony) are required to file an Intent to Graduate Form in the Office of the Registrar. For further questions, please contact the Graduate Registrar at (626) 815-4570.

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.

What are the benefits of being an alumnus of the university?
Some benefits of being an alumnus of Azusa Pacific University include a 50 percent discount at all athletic events, $1 off all theater productions, and access to the libraries on the campuses of Azusa Pacific University. For a complete list of alumni advantages, see the alumni benefits page.

How do I obtain my transcripts?
Call the Office of the Graduate Registrar at (626) 815-4570 to obtain information on ordering transcripts. Transcripts cost $5 each and take approximately 7-10 working days to process. Official transcripts with posted degree are available approximately 30 days after the date of graduation and must be requested from the Graduate Registrar’s office in writing.

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

How do I order personalized graduation announcements?
Call (800) 353-5299 or visit jostens.com. If visiting the website,

  1. Click on the "Graduation" button.
  2. Select "College Announcements & Accessories."
  3. Click on "Check out your school's exclusive options here."
  4. Select "3. College/vo-tech," "United States of America," and "California" using the drop down menus.
  5. Choose "Azusa" as the city.
  6. Click on Azusa Pacific University and "Continue."
  7. From the catalogs available, choose "Personalized Announcements" and continue from there!

When and where does the commencement ceremony take place?
For details on ceremony location and time, visit the Commencement Events page.

When will my degree post?
Degrees should post within four weeks after final grades and/or transcripts have been received.

Are tickets required for this event?
Yes, tickets are required for all commencement ceremonies. An allotted number of tickets will be distributed to graduating students prior to the commencement ceremony. 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.

Can I purchase a video of the event?
Yes, commencement ceremonies are professionally recorded by GradMemory. You may purchase a personalized DVD for $34.99, plus tax and shipping, at www.gradmemory.com/us/california/azusa-pacific-university.html or call (866) 977-4723.