Commencement Ceremony Information

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Commencement Ceremony Dates:

 

Education: Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 10:00am, Malibu Campus

Psychology: Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 2:30pm, Malibu Campus

 

Eligibility Questions, Contact Your Student Services Advisor.

West Los Angeles Graduate Campus Bookstore Phone Number: (310) 568-5741

Commencement Ceremony Information
Education Graduation Ceremony
Education Graduation Date:

Saturday, May 21, 2016 (If you have not received an e-mail to your pepperdine.edu account with a link to the "Commencement Ceremony RSVP" by April 4, 2016 please contact (310) 568-5757).

Are you Attending?

Please complete the "Commencement Ceremony RSVP" by April 14, 2016. Even if you do not plan to attend, you must fill out the online form.

If you do not plan to attend:

If you do not plan to attend the ceremony please complete the "Commencement Ceremony RSVP" then e-mail your name to GSEPgrad@pepperdine.edu, for a copy of the printed program. The program will be mailed to you in June.

Time:

The commencement ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.

The ceremony will last approximately two hours.

  1. Master Graduates should arrive no later than 8:15 a.m. and report to the Robing Area on Alumni Park.
  2. Doctoral Graduates should arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. and report to the Robing Area on Alumni Park.
  3. Parking for guests will be available at 9:30 a.m.
Location:

The GSEP commencement ceremony will be held outdoors in Alumni Park on the Pepperdine University Malibu campus, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263

 

There is no fee for parking on campus.

Hotels/local accommodations:

For a listing of area hotels/motels, click here.

Announcements:

To order graduation announcements visit herffjones.com/college/pepperdine.

Master's Cap, Gown and Hood:There is NO FEE for this rental. 

You will be fitted THE DAY OF COMMENCEMENT with a master's level cap, gown and hood. This is a RENTAL for day only; after the ceremony it must be returned to the cap and gown tent.

 

Please bring your own bobby pins for your cap.

If you wish to purchase academic regalia of your own you may contact Herff Jones at www.herffjones.com.

Doctoral Cap, Gown and Hood: There is NO FEE for this rental. The Doctoral cap provided in this rental is the traditional mortar board, not the velvet tam. If you want to rent a tam, please contact Herff Jones directly.

Please fill out your regalia information (height and cap size) on the online "Commencement Ceremony RSVP". Please pick up your regalia at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus, between May 10- 20, 2016. This is for Doctoral Level Graduates Only.

Please call (310) 568-2344 or email GSEPgrad@pepperdine.edu to arrange a pick-up time (M-F, 9am - 5pm).

If you wish to purchase academic regalia (cap, gown, doctoral hood, or tam-4 or 8 sided velvet doctoral cap), you may contact Herff Jones at: www.herffjones.com. Orders take 6-8 weeks.

Phi Delta Kappa Professional Education Association - Medallion and Ribbon

PDK members are welcome to purchase a PDK medallion and ribbon to wear at the ceremony. Students may join PDK online here. Once students are members of PDK, they may purchase their graduation medallion directly from PDK's online store for $20.

Medallions will not be available for purchase on graduation day.

Anyone is welcome to join Phi Delta Kappa.

Assembly and Lineup:

After you are fitted for a cap and gown you will assemble  in the robing area for line-up and instructions. The processional is coordinated by degree, in alphabetical order.

Presentation of Candidates:

When the Dean asks the candidates to rise, please rise together and remain standing until the President confers the degree, then you may sit down. Upon cue from the ushers, graduates from each row will rise and proceed to the stage.

Enter the stage on the RIGHT side, hand the card you received at check in to the name reader. As your name is called walk across the stage to receive your diploma jacket in your left hand, shake hands with the President, and exit the stage on the LEFT side and return to your chair and be seated.

Reception after the ceremony:

There will be a reception on Alumni Park with light refreshments (cookies and punch) held immediately after the ceremony for graduates, guests, and Pepperdine faculty.

Guests:

There is no limit to the number of guests you may invite. Tickets will only be used if there is rain. It is suggested that guests arrive at 9:30 a.m. and proceed directly to the general seating area on Alumni Park. Seats are first come first seated. Guests are NOT permitted to accompany graduates to the robing area.

Parking:

The campus has two entrances. Proceed to either guard booth and you will be directed to parking and the ceremony site. The Malibu campus has several hills; you may be parking on a hill and walking or taking a Pepperdine shuttle bus to the graduation site. Please allow ample time and wear appropriate shoes. Disabled parking spaces are available; please stop at the guard booth and ask to be directed to appropriate parking.

Commencement Flowers:

The Commencement Flowers company accepts pre-orders for graduation flowers and leis on their website. Please visit: http://www.commencementflowers.org/pepperdine 

Photographer:

A photographer from GradImages GradTrack will be present at the ceremony. The company will send you a complimentary proof after the ceremony. If you wish to purchase the photographs, arrangements for payment and delivery are made between the student and GradImages.

Customer Service # 1-800-261-2576

Customer Service Email: service@gradimages.com

Website www.gradimages.com

The University is not liable for any portion of this transaction.

Graduation Video:

Contact Graduation Nation to coordinate the purchase of a DVD of the ceremony: Graduation Nation.

Things to Bring:

You may wish to bring safety pins, and bobby pins to secure the cap. There are no storage facilities for personal belongings; do not bring anything that you must carry during the ceremony.

Duration of the ceremony

We expect the ceremony to last approximately two hours.

Additional Information:

Questions? Please call the Graduation Hotline at (310) 568-5757.

Email: GSEPgrad@pepperdine.edu

Web: http://services.pepperdine.edu/gsep/graduation/

Psychology Graduation Ceremony
Psychology Graduation Date:

Saturday, May 21, 2016 (If you have not received an e-mail to your pepperdine.edu account with a link to the "Commencement Ceremony RSVP" by April 4, 2016 please contact (310) 568-5757)

Are you Attending?

Please complete the "Commencement Ceremony RSVP" by April 14, 2016. Even if you do not plan to attend, you must fill out the online form.

If you do not plan to attend:

If you do not plan to attend the ceremony please complete the "Commencement Ceremony RSVP" then e-mail your name to GSEPgrad@pepperdine.edu, for a copy of the printed program. The program will be mailed to you in June.

Time:

The commencement ceremony will begin promptly at 2:30 p.m.

The ceremony will last approximately two hours.

  1. Master Graduates should arrive no later than 1:00 p.m. and report to the Robing Area on Alumni Park.
  2. Doctoral Graduates should arrive no later than 1:30 p.m. and report to the Robing Area on Alumni Park.
  3. Guests are suggested to arrive at 1:30 p.m.
Location:

The GSEP commencement ceremony will be held outdoors on Alumni Park on the Pepperdine University Malibu campus, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263.

There is no fee for parking on campus.

Hotels/local accommodations:

For a listing of area hotels/motels, click here.

Announcements:

To order graduation announcements visit herffjones.com/college/pepperdine.

Master's Cap, Gown and Hood:
There is NO FEE for this rental.

You will be fitted THE DAY OF COMMENCEMENT with a master's level cap, gown, and hood. This is a RENTAL for graduation day only; after the ceremony it must be returned to the cap and gown tent.

 

Please bring your own bobby pins for your cap.

If you wish to purchase academic regalia of your own you may contact Herff Jones at www.herffjones.com.

Doctoral Cap, Gown and Hood:
There is NO FEE for this rental. 

Please fill out your regalia information (height and cap size) on the online "Commencement Ceremony RSVP". Please pick up your regalia at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus, between May 10-20, 2016. This is for Doctoral Level Graduates Only.

Please call (310) 568-2344 or e-mail GSEPgrad@pepperdine.edu to arrange a pick-up time (M-F 9am-5pm).

If you wish to purchase academic regalia (cap, gown, doctoral hood, or tam-4 or 8 sided velvet doctoral cap), you may contact Herff Jones at: www.herffjones.com. Orders take 6-8 weeks.

PSI CHI Honor Cord Information
 
 

If you are a member of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, you are eligible to wear the blue and gold Psi Chi Honor Cord at the graduation ceremony.

Psi Chi members can purchase the international honor cord directly from the Psi Chi website at: www.psichi.org. The cord sells for $18.00.

Cords will not be available for purchase on commencement day.

You must have earned a minimum 3.70 cumulative GPA to be eligible to join Psi Chi.

Assembly and Lineup:

After you are fitted for a cap and gown you will assemble in the robing area for line-up and instructions. The processional is coordinated by degree, in alphabetical order.

Presentation of Candidates:

When the Dean asks the candidates to rise, please rise together and remain standing until the President confers the degree, you may then sit down. Upon cue from the ushers, graduates from each row will rise and proceed to the stage.

Enter the stage on the RIGHT side, hand the card you received at check in to the name reader . As your name is called walk across the stage to receive your diploma jacket in your left hand, shake hands with the President, and exit the stage on the LEFT side and return to your chair and be seated.

Reception after the ceremony:

There will be a reception on Alumni Park with light refreshments (cookies and punch) held immediately after the ceremony for graduates, guests, and Pepperdine faculty.

Guests:

There is no limit to the number of guests you may invite. Tickets will only be used if there is rain. It is suggested that guests arrive at 1:30 p.m. and proceed directly to guest seating on Alumni Park. Seating is first come, first seated. Guests are NOT permitted to accompany graduates to the robing area.

Parking:

The campus has two entrances. Proceed to either guard booth and you will be directed to parking and the ceremony site. The Malibu campus has several hills; you may be parking on a hill and walking or taking a Pepperdine shuttle bus to the graduation site. Please allow ample time and wear appropriate shoes. Disabled parking spaces are available; please stop at the guard booth and ask to be directed to appropriate parking.

Commencement Flowers:

The Commencement Flowers company accepts pre-orders for commencement ceremony flowers and leis on their website. Please visit: http://www.commencementflowers.org/pepperdine

Photographer:
 

A photographer from GradImages GradTrack will be present at the ceremony. The company will send you a complimentary proof after the ceremony. If you wish to purchase the photographs, arrangements for payment and delivery are made between the student and GradImages.

Customer Service # 1-800-261-2576.

Customer Service Email: service@gradimages.com.

Website: www.gradimages.com.

The University is not liable for any portion of this transaction.

Graduation Video:

Contact Graduation Nation to coordinate the purchase of a DVD of the ceremony:Graduation Nation.

 

Things to Bring:

You may wish to bring safety pins and bobby pins to secure the cap. There are no storage facilities for personal belongings; do not bring anything that you must carry during the ceremony.

Duration of the ceremony:

We expect the ceremony to last approximately two hours.

Additional Information:

Questions? Please call the Graduation Hotline at (310) 568-5757.

Email: GSEPgrad@pepperdine.edu

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