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Frequently Asked Questions

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

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.

Where can I get a list of hotels in the APU area?
A list of local hotels is available in the Local Resources section of this site.

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!

Can I take pictures during the ceremony?
There will be a designated photography area for guests. Those taking pictures during the ceremony must stay within the designated area to avoid disrupting the ceremony. Professional photographers will take pictures of each student. Proofs will be mailed to each graduate a few weeks after the ceremony, at which time the student may purchase the photos directly from the photography studio.

The commencement ceremony will also be professionally recorded by GradMemory. You may purchase a personalized DVD for $34.99, plus tax and shipping, at gradmemory.com/us/california/azusa-pacific-university.html or call (866) 977-4723.

Will there be a close-up photo taken of my student when he/she receives his/her diploma?
A professional photographer will take pictures of each student before he/she walks onto the stage, and while shaking hands with the president of the university. Proofs will be mailed to each graduate a few weeks after the ceremony. At that time, the student may review the proofs and purchase the photos directly from the photography studio.

Are there any other special events for us to attend as parents/relatives of graduating seniors?
There are often special receptions that occur on or around graduation day. Visit the Commencement Events page to view a list of receptions for the day.

Can I take my dog or other pet to the commencement ceremony?
No animals are allowed in the stadium for the ceremony with the exception of seeing-eye dogs.

Can I bring a noisemaker to celebrate my student's graduation?
No. Noisemakers or items that are thrown (like tortillas, beach balls, etc.) will be confiscated by Campus Safety.

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 gradmemory.com/us/california/azusa-pacific-university.html or call (866) 977-4723.

Can I purchase flowers or leis at the event?
There will be a limited number of flower bouquets and leis available for purchase at the entrance to the stadium or Event Center.

I have a guest with special needs. Is there accommodation for them?
There will be a handicapped seating section reserved, as well as a sign language interpreter for guests who are hearing impaired. If you have a guest who needs other accommodations, please call the Registrar’s Office at (626) 812-3013.