Commencement Ceremony Policy | Los Angeles Pacific University

Commencement Ceremony Policies

Celebrating Our Graduates
 
 
 
 
 
 

Commencement Ceremony Participation


  • All children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult during the ceremony.
  • No alcohol (including alcohol leis) or controlled substances will be permitted at LAPU commencement ceremonies nor any commencement-related receptions or events.
  • No persons under the influence of alcohol or any other controlled substance will be permitted at LAPU ceremonies or any commencement-related receptions or events.
  • No comfort or emotional support animals will be allowed into LAPU ceremonies or any commencement-related receptions or events. See LAPU’s Commencement web page for further information regarding service animals.
  • All caps (mortarboards) and gowns must be LAPU-approved for all commencement ceremonies. All cords and medallions must be from organizations or honors officially recognized by LAPU.
  • Clothing and adornments (e.g., hats, leis) must not be politically charged and must not use profanity or discriminatory language.
  • LAPU is not responsible for any damage or loss to personal property.
  • Anything perceived as a weapon must not be carried or worn.
  • Purses, backpacks, or other large personal items must not be carried by graduates.
  • No noisemakers, confetti, or pyrotechnic devices will be permitted and may not be used in the commencement venue.
  • No balloons are permitted into any LAPU commencement ceremonies.
  • No items (food products, beach balls, etc.) shall be thrown at any time in the commencement venue.

Caps (Mortarboards)


  • Graduates must wear the approved LAPU mortarboard or tam. No other hat or head adornment may be worn (e.g., baseball cap).
  • Personal décor on LAPU-approved caps (mortarboards) is allowed within the following parameters:
  1. Caps must not contain any offensive language or the perception that offensive language is being used.
  2. Décor must not hang over any part of the board.
  3. Décor must not dangle down from the top of the mortarboard and/or obstruct the person’s head, face, view of the person, or the view of others in any way.
  4. Cap décor must not contain any political figures or political language promoting a personal opinion on political issues.

Gowns


Graduates must wear the approved LAPU gowns and abide by the following guidelines:

  • Gowns must extend beyond the knee.
  • Clothing must be worn under the approved LAPU gown.
  • Gowns must be completely zipped up before lining up to walk across the stage.
  • No decoration may be added to the approved LAPU gown.
  • No accessory or clothing may be added to the approved LAPU gown (beyond the approved cords).

Regalia


  • All cords and medallions must be from organizations or honors officially recognized by LAPU.
  • Military who are current active duty personnel may wear their uniform in lieu of LAPU approved commencement regalia.
  • Stoles include small pockets for cell phones, keys, etc. LAPU is not responsible for any damage or loss to personal property.