Frequently Asked Questions

When and where does the commencement ceremony take place?

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

Are tickets required for this event?

Yes, tickets are required for all commencement ceremonies. All guests, ages 2 years and older, require a ticket. 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.

How do I order personalized graduation announcements?

You can order personalized graduation online.

Where can I get a list of hotels or restaurants in the APU area?

The following websites offer lists of local hotels and restaurants:

Can I take pictures during the ceremony?

Yes, but please do so safely and only from your seat.

For safety reasons, family and guests are not permitted to approach and take photos or video on or around the stage, graduate procession, seating areas, or aisles during commencement. Any interference may result in being asked to leave the ceremony.

Learn more about photography and video at commencement, and how you can purchase professional photos of your graduate and a professionally recorded video of the ceremony.

Will there be a close-up photo taken of my student when receiving their diploma?

A professional photographer will be available near student check-in to take personal photos of graduates and will stop taking personal photos 30 minutes prior to the ceremony. An additional picture of each graduate will be taken while crossing the stage. Proofs will be mailed to each graduate approximately one week after the ceremony, at which time you will have the option to purchase photographs. If you have questions regarding your proofs, please contact GradImages.

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. View the schedule of program events and receptions.

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

There will be a reserved seating section for guests with disabilities, as well as a live streaming caption option for guests who are deaf or hard of hearing. Please visit the ADA/Special Needs and Accommodations booth outside on the southeast side of the Cougar Athletic Stadium, scan the QR code provided in the commencement program, or go to Guests who need special assistance may be seated 15 minutes prior to the set doors opening time. If you have a question or request regarding a guest who may need other accommodations, email

Can I take 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.

Can I bring a noisemaker to celebrate my student's graduation?

For the safety of our graduates and guests, we ask that you do not use noisemakers or throw objects (food products, beach balls, etc.) during the ceremony. All such items will be immediately confiscated, and you may be asked to leave the ceremony.

Are strollers allowed into the commencement ceremony?

Strollers are permitted in the commencement ceremonies inside the Cougar Athletic Stadium, but for safety reasons must be kept clear of the aisles.

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, video of the event online or by calling (800) 933-1950.

Can I purchase or preorder flowers and leis for my graduate or family member?

Preorder your orchid leis, flower bouquets, and kukui and shell necklaces preorder flowers and leis online. Pickup locations around the Cougar Athletic Stadium make it easier to pick up your order. A portion of all proceeds benefit Azusa Pacific University’s Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity.

Can I purchase APU keepsakes at the event?

There will be items available for purchase at the APU Bookstore booth, located inside the Cougar Athletic Stadium.

Will there be concessions at the event?

There will be water, coffee, snacks, and other concessions available for purchase.