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.

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 complete the Intent to Commence and/or Graduate form. For further questions, please contact the registrar 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. The graduation fee is charged to the student account. The graduation dates are listed in the Academic Calendar. A degree is granted based on the completion of all requirements prior to degree posting dates. View the appropriate Graduate Academic Calendar to see Intent to Commence and/or Graduate form deadline dates.

Commencement Information

Graduates must be cleared by the registrar in order to participate in the commencement ceremony. Receipt of cap and gown regalia does not guarantee clearance to participate in commencement. To participate in graduation exercises, all academic requirements must be complete or in process, and all financial obligations to the university must be met.

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.

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.

Students must check with their academic department for information about honor societies, as all information is handled 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. Since all APU graduate students (including ELM-BSN students) must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, and 90 percent earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher, APU considers all graduate students as honors students, as do many other universities. Latin honors are not awarded.

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 term (fall, spring, and summer, and at the end of Fall II and Spring II sessions). The regular terms and sessions 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 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 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.

General Graduation FAQs

How do I purchase my cap and gown?
Doctoral and master's graduates can purchase their caps and gowns for Spring Commencement during Grad Fest, which takes place March 2 and 3, 2016, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the University Bookstore and online. A discount applies when you purchase Grad Packs during Grad Fest. View the Grad Pack Flyer 2016 (PDF) for prices. After March 3, you can order online through March 25, but no discount applies. 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. DVDs will begin shipping June 1.