Tickets and Parking Passes

Tickets and parking passes are required to attend commencement and park on campus. Each graduate is allotted a specific number of tickets and parking passes to distribute to guests.

Graduating students:
Information on how to order tickets will be emailed to graduating students within one month of commencement.

Faculty:
All faculty must reserve a ticket and parking pass online. Graduates and staff who are working commencement do not need tickets. Tickets are not available for purchase.

Ticket and Parking Pass Policies

Guest tickets and parking passes 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. All guests and graduating students must have a commencement parking pass to park on campus and/or in reserved locations for commencement parking.

Parking passes are required to gain entry into your designated parking lot. Please allow plenty of time to park because parking in all available lots is on a first come, first serve basis. Lot A is designated for VIP and disabled person's parking.

Stadium doors open two hours prior to commencement ceremony.

  • Lot A: VIP/Disabled Person's parking only
  • Lots F, G (West Campus): Faculty/Staff
  • Lot H (West Campus): Faculty/Staff/Guests Overflow parking
  • Citrus Parking Lots (S2, S5, S6, S7, and S8): Graduates and Guests

View the Online Campus Map or download Campus Map (PDF).

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.

Ceremony Locations

Spring commencement is held at Cougar Athletic Stadium; winter commencement is held in the Richard and Vivian Felix Event Center. In the case of inclement weather, the spring commencement may move 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).

View the commencement schedule for dates and times. Commencement ceremonies last two to three hours long.

Seating

Saving seats is not allowed. Balloons are not 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 you do not throw objects or use noise markers at the ceremony. 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, handicap-accessible in the bleachers. For the winter commencement ceremonies, handicap-accessible seating is available in the Felix Event Center, as well as elevator access to the second floor.

Upcoming Commencements:

Spring 2017 May 6
Winter 2017 Dec. 16
Spring 2018 May 5
Winter 2018 Dec. 15