Frequently Asked Questions

When and where does the commencement ceremony take place?

View the commencement schedule for details on ceremony location and time.

When do I need to arrive to check in on commencement day?

The registrar’s office will be sending you an email by November 15 with all of the details of when and where to go on commencement day.

Will my family and guests need a ticket to attend the commencement ceremony?

Yes. A certain number of tickets will be allotted per graduate.

When will the venue doors open for family and guests for my commencement?

Doors will open at:

  • 8:30 a.m. - Undergraduate and Professional ceremony (8:15 a.m. for special assistance needs)
  • 12:30 p.m. - Graduate ceremony (12:15 p.m. for special assistance needs)

How long does the ceremony usually last?

Most commencement ceremonies at APU are approximately two hours, depending on the number of graduates.

I have a guest with special assistance needs. Is there accommodation for them?

There will be a handicapped seating section reserved, as well as a live streaming caption option for guests who are deaf or hard of hearing. Go to the ADA/Special Needs and Accommodations booth outside on the southwest side of the Felix Event Center. Guests who need special assistance may be seated 15 minutes prior to the set doors-opening time. Spanish transmitters will also be available at the ADA/Special Needs and Accommodations booth outside on the southwest side of the Felix Event Center. If you have a question or request regarding a guest who may need other accommodations, email

Can I bring my dog or other pet to the commencement ceremony?

No animals are allowed at the ceremony, with the exception of service animals as defined in the Service Animal as a Disability Accommodation Policy. Learn more about service and emotional support animals at Azusa Pacific University commencement ceremonies.

How can I order personalized graduation announcements?

You can order them online.

Is my program having a reception for graduating students?

Many programs and majors host receptions and special events for graduates. View the commencement events schedule for more information.

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, online or by calling (800) 933-1950.

Can I purchase or preorder flowers for myself or someone else for commencement?

You can preorder orchid leis, flower bouquets, and kukui and shell necklaces online, with several pickup locations at the Felix Event Center. A portion of all proceeds benefit APU’s Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity.

When can I expect my diploma in the mail?

Diploma cases will be awarded at the commencement ceremony. The actual diplomas are mailed three months after degrees are posted.

When will my degree post?

Degrees should post within four weeks after final grades and/or transcripts have been received.

How can I order my transcripts?

Complete the appropriate online transcript request form to receive an official transcript. Please note: Be sure to review the transcript fees and policies to allow enough time to order transcripts to meet your needs.

Are job opportunities available at APU?

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

What opportunities and benefits exist for APU alumni?

View APU alumni benefits and connect with the Office of Alumni Engagement for ways to stay connected to APU.

For additional information related to graduation, contact your appropriate registrar:

Upcoming Commencements:

Winter 2019 December 14
Spring 2020 May 2