Commencement FAQs | Los Angeles Pacific University

Commencement FAQs

Celebrating Our Graduates

When and where does the commencement ceremony take place?

The ceremony will take place at the Felix Event Center on Saturday, December 14, at 5:00 pm.

When do I need to arrive to check in on commencement day?

Check-in begins at 3:30 pm.

Will my family and guests need a ticket to attend the commencement ceremony?

Yes. 6 tickets will be allotted per graduate. Tickets will be available for reservation on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. Graduating students can reserve their tickets on and after December 4 at the APU ticket reservation site.

Can I purchase additional tickets?

No, additional tickets may become available as students return any unused tickets and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

When will the venue doors open for family and guests at commencement?

Doors open at 4 p.m. (3:45 p.m. for special assistance needs)

How long does the ceremony usually last?

Most commencement ceremonies at APU are approximately two hours, depending on the number of graduates.

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

Please go to the Special Needs and Accommodations booth in front of the Felix Event Center for assistance. In some cases, guests who need special assistance may be seated 10 minutes prior to doors opening. Learn more about accessibility and special needs at commencement. If you have a question or request regarding a guest who may need other accommodations, please email

Can I bring 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.

How can I order personalized graduation announcements?

Will I have a chance to meet my professors or Success Coach?

There will be a Meet & Greet at 3:30 pm. Look for signs in the courtyard.

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, at or by calling (800) 933-1950.

Can I purchase or pre-order flowers for myself or someone else for commencement?                                     

You can preorder orchid leis, flower bouquets, and kukui and shell necklaces at Several pickup locations will be at the Felix Event Center on the day of commencement.

When can I expect my diploma in the mail?

Diploma cases will be awarded at the commencement ceremony. The actual diplomas are mailed 8 weeks after degrees are posted. All owing balances to the university must be resolved to receive your diploma.

When will my degree post?

Degrees should post within three weeks after final grades and/or transcripts have been received.

How can I order my transcripts?

Complete the online transcript request form to receive an official transcript. Please note: Be sure to review the transcript fees and policies to allow enough time to order transcripts to meet your needs.

Are job opportunities available at LAPU?

Yes, many job opportunities exist at LAPU. For a complete list, visit LAPU’s Employment Opportunities page.