Please Note: Tickets are NOT required for the 10 a.m. Graduate Commencement Convocation.


Submit Your Application for Degree Candidacy

An application for Degree Candidacy needs to be filed with the Records Office in order to determine eligibility for graduation.  The deadline for filing is February 22, 2016.

Check Your Student Account

Your student account must be paid in full in order to participate in the commencement ceremonies and receive your diploma and official transcripts.

Order Your Announcements

Announcements can be ordered online here or by calling CB Graduation Announcements at (800) 433-0296.



Pick Up Your Cap and Gown (Regalia)

As a tradition, caps and gowns are worn by all participants at the commencement ceremony.  At the time regalia are picked up, you will complete and sign a diploma mailing request as diplomas cannot be mailed without a signature release.  Distribution schedule:

Wednesday, May 4 through Friday, May 6 - 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Located in the courtyard adjacent to the Records Office on the Point Loma campus.  The Records Office is the small white building immediately to your right after entering the campus.

Saturday, May 7 - Beginning at 8 a.m.

Located on the lower floor of Nicholson Commons (in the hallway down from the Bookstore).

NOTE: Caps, gowns, and hoods must be returned following the ceremony to the lower floor of Nicholson Commons (in the hallway down from the Bookstore) BEFORE 6 p.m.  While the tassel may be kept as a memento of the occasion, a penalty charge will be assessed for failure to return the cap, gown, and hood.

Comfortable clothing under the robe is suggested, and it is especially important to wear comfortable shoes, since you will be descending and ascending unevenly spaced steps.



Commencement Etiquette

For the ceremonies to be enjoyed by all and for everyone’s safety, we ask that guests comply with a few requests: 

Leave valuables with family members or guests prior to lining up for the academic procession.

Cell phones and other personal electronic devices should be turned off or silenced for the duration of the ceremony.  Before the ceremony, arrange a meeting place with guests for after commencement and please resist the temptation to send text messages during the ceremony.

Air horns or other noisemakers are not allowed in the Greek Amphitheatre, since they detract from both the dignity of the occasion and the enjoyment of other guests. They will be confiscated by security personnel.

Balloons cannot be allowed in the Greek Amphitheatre since they can obstruct the view of those seated around you. They will be confiscated by the ushers. Please leave them at the Information Booth where they can be picked up after the ceremony.

Refrain from moving around at the end of the ceremony until the end of the recessional.    

The ceremony should last approximately one and a half hours.  If you should find it necessary to leave your seat, please notify one of the marshals for assistance.

Line-Up and Academic Procession

There is no rehearsal for commencement ceremonies.  Students begin lining up at approximately 9:15 a.m. on Peppertree Lane (the main street throughout campus).  Lists of names will be on stanchions for each row of graduates.  Commencement marshals will assist students with the line-up and provide instructions for the procession.  View a PowerPoint presentation of the details of the line of march.


A hooding process is part of the ceremony.  The hood, or the vestment of colors which fits around your neck and drapes down your back, is an important element of your regalia because its colors represent the university's degree.  As you move to the platform and while you are standing in line waiting for your name to be called to receive your degree, members of the faculty's Graduate Studies Committee will place the hood around your neck.  In so doing, the faculty will be investing you with the colors of your degree.   Following the ceremony, the hood must be returned, along with the cap and gown.

In Case of Rain...

In the event of inclement weather, the 10 a.m. graduate ceremony will be held in Brown Chapel.  Line-up will take place in the Family Life Center.

While some outdoor services such as merchandise booths will be suspended, most of the programmatic features of commencement exercises will remain the same.




Since it is impossible to identify with certainty by commencement day the students who have completed all requirements, degrees are not posted until all final grades are received; then the diploma may be ordered.  As you walk across the platform and greet the president of the university, you will receive a diploma tube with a Diploma Mailing Request form inside for ordering the diploma.  Most graduates fill out the original request when picking up their cap and gown.  If, however, the address changes from the original request submitted or if the request is not filled out on commencement day, then the form in the diploma cover may be mailed.  Once the Records Office has confirmed that all requirements for graduation have been completed, the office will mail the diploma at your written request, to the address designated on the order form.

Saying "Good-Bye"

Students who are finishing all requirements for graduation on schedule will be withdrawn automatically from the university following the posting of their degree.  It is the student's responsibility to return library books and settle student accounts.  Failure to follow through on these details, including the return of rental caps and gowns will make it impossible for the university to release diplomas or official transcripts.

Alumni Benefits

As new members of PLNU's Alumni Association, graduates are eligible to enjoy unique experiences and special benefits.  We invite you to visit the Alumni Association website.