Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I get my cap and gown?
Please contact One Stop: Undergraduate Enrollment Services Center at (888) 788-6090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the undergraduate convocation ceremony?
Convocation is a formal commissioning service where the Azusa Pacific administration brings closure to the year for all of our graduating seniors. The program will include words from the president, lead faculty, and campus pastor. All graduates and faculty will be dressed in cap and gown. Both the indoor program and president's reception are honoring events that you will not want to miss. We have asked all seniors to report to the John and Marilyn Duke Academic Complex by 9:30 a.m. for procession line-up.
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 Events page.
Is my major having a reception for graduating seniors?
There are often special receptions that occur on or around graduation day. Visit the Commencements Events page to view a list of receptions for the day.
If I want to go to graduate school, how do I get my transcripts?
Call the Office of the Registrar at (626) 812-3013. Transcripts cost $5 each and take four to six weeks for delivery after grades are posted. Please allow eight weeks for grades to post for graduating seniors.
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?
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 Office of the Undergraduate Registrar at (626) 812-3013.
How do I order personalized graduation announcements?
Call (800) 353-5299 or visit www.jostens.com. If visiting the website,
- Click on the "Graduation" button.
- Select "College Announcements & Accessories."
- Click on "Check out your school's exclusive options here."
- Select "3. College/vo-tech," "United States of America," and "California" using the drop down menus.
- Choose "Azusa" as the city.
- Click on Azusa Pacific University and "Continue."
- From the catalogs available, choose "Personalized Announcements" and continue from there!
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.