Here you can find answers to many of your commencement questions.

If you have a question that you do not find answered below, please call (619) 849-2658 or send an email to Shelley Fruchey.

General

Where can I order announcements?

Where can I find driving directions to the Point Loma campus?

Are there hotels in the area that you recommend?

Are any of the hotels offering shuttle service to and from the Point Loma campus?

Where can I find a map of the Point Loma campus?

How long are the graduation ceremonies?

Are balloons allowed in the Greek Amphitheatre?

Is child care provided?

What if it rains?

 

Goods & Services

Will refreshments be available for purchase?

Will flowers be available for purchase at the ceremony?

Will DVDs be available for purchase?

Will there be photographs available for purchase?

 

Special Needs

Is there parking close to the Greek Amphitheatre for guests with special needs?

Are there seating areas for guests with special needs, and do they need a ticket for seating in the undergraduate ceremonies?

 

Students

When and where can I pick up my cap and gown, and do I get to keep them?

What time should I arrive for line-up and where?

Is my department/school hosting a reception?

When will I receive my diploma?

 

Tickets & Seating

Are tickets required for seating in the Greek Amphitheatre?

How many tickets does each graduate receive?

Is there a waiting list for additional tickets?

When and where can I pick up my tickets?

Do children need a ticket to attend graduation?

When does the Greek Amphitheatre open for seating?

 

General

Where can I order announcements?

Announcements can be ordered online at www.cbgrad.com or by calling (800) 433-0296.

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Where can I find driving directions to the Point Loma campus?

You can view driving directions on our main PLNU website by clicking here.

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Are there hotels in the area that you recommend?

Yes.  PLNU has partnered with Bartell Hotels to offer our guests a discounted rate.  Click here to find out which hotels are participating.

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Are any of the hotels offering shuttle service to and from the Point Loma campus?

Yes.  Three of the hotels (Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside, Humphrey's Half Moon Inn & Suites, and Island Palms Hotel & Marina) are offering shuttle service to and from the Point Loma campus on Commencement Day.  Click here to view the shuttle schedule.

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Where can I find a Point Loma campus map?

Click here to view a PDF version of the campus map.

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How long are the graduation ceremonies?

Each ceremony lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours.

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Are balloons allowed in the Greek Amphitheatre?

Balloons cannot be allowed since they obstruct the view of those seated around you.  They can be left at the Information Booth and collected after the ceremony has concluded.

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Is child care provided?

Due to the large number of families attending commencement at PLNU, the university regrets being unable to provide child care services.

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What if it rains?

PLNU has implemented a rain plan in the event of inclement weather.  For more information, click here.

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Goods & Services

Will refreshments be available for purchase?

Yes.  Click here for more information.

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Will flowers be available for purchase at the ceremony?

Yes, Commencement Flowers will have several booths set up near the Greek Amphitheatre where bouquets and leis can be purchased.  Click here if you would like to place an order online and have the flowers waiting for you to pick up at one of the flower booths.

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Will DVDs be available for purchase?

Yes, PLNU produces a DVD of all commencement ceremonies.  Click here to learn more.

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Will there be photographs available for purchase?

PLNU has contracted with Commencement Photos, Inc. for a photographer to take an official photograph of each student receiving their diploma folder/tube from President Brower. For ordering information, click here.

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Special Needs

Is there parking close to the Greek Amphitheatre for guests with special needs?

Yes.  Public Safety personnel will direct traffic to the parking area at the Fermanian School of Business on the south end of the campus, with drop-off at the adjacent lot of Colt Hall.  

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Are there seating areas for guests with special needs, and do they need a ticket for seating in the undergraduate ceremonies?

Yes, these areas are available and tickets are required for the two undergraduate ceremonies.

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Students

When and where can I pick up my cap and gown, and do I get to keep them?

You can pick up your cap and gown on the Point Loma campus in the courtyard adjacent to the Records Office May 7-9 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and on Commencement Day in Nicholson Commons in the hallway adjacent to the bookstore beginning at 8:00 a.m.  While you may keep the tassel as a memento of your special day, all caps, gowns, and hoods must be returned to Nicholson Commons before 6 p.m. on Commencement Day to avoid incurring a penalty charge.

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What time should I arrive for line-up and where?

Please arrive approximately 45 minutes before the start of your commencement ceremony.  Students will line up on Peppertree Lane.

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Is my department/school hosting a reception?

Most departments/schools are.  Please click here for the most up-to-date information regarding commencement receptions.

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When will I receive my diploma?

A Diploma Mailing Request form (click here) needs to be filled out and submitted to the Records Office. Diplomas area mailed once the Records Office has confirmed that all requirements for graduation have been completed.

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Tickets & Seating

Are tickets required for seating in the Greek Amphitheatre?

Yes, tickets are required for our 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. undergraduate convocations.  Tickets are not required for the 10 a.m. graduate ceremony.

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How many tickets does each graduate receive?

Each graduate is entitled to a total of twelve (12) tickets.  

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Is there a waiting list for additional tickets?

Yes.  To be placed on the waiting list, please contact Shelley Fruchey at (619) 849-2658 or by email.   The waiting list will close on April 25.  Click here for more information regarding Ticket Distribution Policy.

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When and where can I pick up my tickets?

Early-bird distribution will take place at the Grad Fair on the Campus Mall, March 18-19.  If you miss that opportunity, tickets will be available for pick-up at the Records Office beginning Monday, March 24.

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Do children need a ticket to attend graduation?

Yes, children age three (3) and older who are attending the undergraduate ceremonies (1 p.m. and 4 p.m.)  in the Greek Amphitheatre are required to have a ticket.

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When does the Greek Amphitheatre open for seating?

Seating opens one hour before the start of each ceremony.

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