Frequently Asked Questions

How do I purchase my cap and gown?
Undergraduate students can purchase their cap 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 capandgown@apu.edu.

Where do I get my cap and gown?
If you do not choose 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 our 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 capandgown@apu.edu.

When can I expect my diploma in the mail?
Diploma cases, including a certificate, will be awarded at the commencement ceremony. The actual diplomas are mailed out three months after graduation.

What is Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Cum Laude? What does that mean and what qualifies me for that?
Qualifying students may graduate with the following honors: summa cum laude, magna cum laude, or cum laude. The minimum GPA requirements for Latin Honors are as follows:

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

All grades accepted toward graduation at Azusa Pacific University are included in the calculation of these honors, including correspondence and transfer classes. All grades not accepted toward graduation at Azusa Pacific University (such as remedial classes) will not be included in the calculation.

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

Is my major having a reception for graduating seniors?
There are often special receptions that occur on or around graduation day. Visit the Commencement page to view a list of receptions for the day.

If I want to go to graduate school, how do I get my transcripts?
Complete the appropriate online transcript request form to receive an official transcript.

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

Do I need to fill out any paperwork to graduate?
Yes, students who intend to graduate from APU must complete an Undergraduate Graduation Application (PDF) and submit it to One Stop at least six months prior to their intended graduation. The deadline for turning in the form is posted on the One Stop and academic calendars, and falls within the semester before the student’s last semester. For more information, contact One Stop at (626) 815-2020.

How do I order personalized graduation announcements?
Visit herffjones.com/college/apu.

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 APU. You may purchase a personalized DVD for $19.99, plus tax and shipping, at www.bookstore.apu.edu or by calling (800) 933-1950. DVDs will begin shipping June 1.