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Frequently Asked Questions

Guest Eligibility

  Are walk-ins welcomed?

Yes. Registration for attendees and guests will not be required.


Logistics and Accommodations

  Will the commencement ceremony be live-streamed for those unable to attend?

Yes. The commencement ceremony will be live-streamed for guests who are unable to attend. The URL for the live stream will be provided on the Pepperdine commencement website.

  Can the graduates keep the regalia?

Graduation regalia rentals including the cap, gown, hood, and tassel will be provided by SPP for all students participating in commencement ceremonies. Tassels and caps may be kept by the student. The gown and hood must be returned at the conclusion of the ceremony. Students should plan to arrive no later than 9:30 am to allow for photographs and lineup.

  Will there be water, food, or snacks available for purchase before or after the ceremony?

Water will be available to all guests and a reception will follow the ceremony. There are no food concessions sold at the ceremony. However, a reception is held following the ceremony for graduates, guests, and faculty.

  Will there be a shuttle or golf cart to assist guests who are unable to walk far distances?

Students registering their guests should make a notation of any attendee who require mobility-related accommodations by reaching out to the Office of the Dean at 310.506.7490.  Requests should be made two-weeks in advance of the ceremony date.

  Do guests need a parking pass?

Parking passes are not required. When guests arrive at the campus they will go through a check at the guard booth and will then be directed to designated graduation parking.

  Are there hotels in the area where we can get a Pepperdine affiliated discount if we need to stay the entire weekend?

Please reference Pepperdine's Around Malibu website. 


State and County Mandates

  What guidance is Pepperdine University following to host graduation ceremonies?

Commencement ceremonies at Pepperdine must comply with California Department of Public Health and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health mandates, specifically the state's COVID-19 guidance. The progression of applicable guidance and protocols will follow:

  • California Department of Public Health COVID-19 guidance for Commencement/Graduation Ceremonies
  • California's COVID-19 guidance for Outdoor Seated Live Events and Performances.
  • Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Protocol for Live Outdoor Events and Performances.


  Are tickets required to attend the ceremony?

No tickets are necessary and seating is unlimited.

  Is the seating area first-come, first-served or are the seats assigned?

Outside of select reserved seating for graduates, guests may choose any available location.  We recommend early arrival for best seating.