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The University has confirmed that outdoor event capacity will not be limited.  Tickets will not be required and guests count is unlimited.

To attend the ceremony, participants and guests are agreeing to abide by the Pepperdine University COVID-19 safety protocols which include but are not limited to the following:

  • Attendees must not come if they are experiencing cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, or if they are under current isolation or quarantine orders.
  • Masks are optional for graduates and attendees at this outdoor event.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Guest Eligibility

  Are walk-ins welcomed?

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



  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.


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.

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 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. Students should plan to arrive no later than 9:30 am to allow for photographs and lineup. Tassels and caps may be kept by the student. The gown and hood must be returned at the conclusion of the ceremony.

  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.

  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.

  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. The Villa Graziadio Executive Center will not be available.