Tickets are required to attend commencement. Each graduate is allotted a specific number of tickets to distribute to guests. Faculty must reserve a ticket in order to participate in commencement. Graduates and staff who are working commencement do not need tickets. Tickets are not available for purchase.
Spring commencement is held at Cougar Athletic Stadium; winter commencement is held in the Richard and Vivian Felix Event Center (EVNTCNTR). In the case of inclement weather, the spring commencement may be moved to the Felix Event Center, in which case rain tickets will be required (rain tickets will be distributed to graduates on the day of commencement, if ceremony is moved).
Check the commencement events page for specific information, including dates and times. Commencement ceremonies last two to three hours long.
Saving seats is not allowed. No balloons allowed in the Felix Event Center or Cougar Athletic Stadium. Please leave balloons in your car. Also, for the protection of our graduates and guests, we ask that no objects be thrown and no noise makers be utilized. All such items will be immediately confiscated.
Handicap-accessible seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For the spring commencement ceremonies in Cougar Athletic Stadium, there is a reserved section in the bleachers that is handicap accessible. For the winter commencement ceremonies, there is handicap-accessible seating in the Felix Event Center, as well as elevator access to the second floor.
Guest tickets are only given to students who are cleared to participate in commencement. Students who are cleared to graduate do not need a ticket for the event. All guests must have a ticket. Infants under two years of age do not require a ticket if held in a ticketed adult’s lap.
Live streaming of the event will be available online at apu.edu/live.
Any tickets obtained through invalid measures or by students who are not cleared to participate in commencement will be voided. Students are subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to revoking the access to participate in current or future commencement ceremonies.
Each student who is cleared to participate in commencement is allotted a maximum of 5 tickets.