Information on this page is for students graduating on Saturday, May 6th


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.  


Pick Up Your Cap and Gown (Regalia)

As a tradition, caps and gowns are worn by all participants at the commencement ceremony.  All regalia comes individually packaged which will result in some creasing or wrinkling.  You are encouraged to pick up your regalia early so that you have time to iron or steam the gown if desired.  This regalia is yours to keep; you do not have to return it.

Tassels on the caps are worn on the right side. Comfortable clothing under the robe is suggested.  It is also important to wear comfortable shoes since you will be descending and ascending unevenly spaced steps in the amphitheatre.  However, out of respect for the occasion we ask that you not wear tennis shoes or flip flops.

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 3 through Friday, May 5 - 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 6 - Beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Located at the "Records Booth" on the bayside of Peppertree Lane in front of the playground.

Honor Cords and Shawls

The gold honor cords are distributed to the students who graduate with honors during cap and gown distribution.  This cord is also a memento for those who have earned it.  Shawls are worn by international students, depicting their national origin.  Note: Only university provided cords and shawls will be allowed to be worn at the commencement ceremony.


Commencement Etiquette

For the convocations to be enjoyed by all and for everyone’s safety, we ask that you comply with the following: 

Leave valuables with family members or guests prior to lining up for the academic procession. There will be no secured areas to store these items during the convocation.

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

The items below are not allowed in the Greek Amphitheatre at any time before, during, or after the convocation and will be confiscated by security personnel:

Air horns, cow bells, or other noisemakers

Confetti launchers, streamers, silly string

Beach balls


Balloons obstruct the view of those seated around you and will not be allowed in the amphitheatre. Please leave them at the Information Booth where they can be picked up after the convocation.

Due to the number of guests with small children we are unable to accommodate strollers inside the venue. There will be a designated area for strollers to be parked outside of the amphitheatre.  

Please refrain from moving around at the end of the convocation until the end of the recessional.    

The convocation 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.  Please plan on arriving in your cap and gown approximately 45 minutes prior to your ceremony on Peppertree Lane (the main street throughout campus).  You will see lists of names on stanchions in the street.  Commencement marshals will assist you with the line-up and provide instructions for the procession.  View a PowerPoint presentation of the details of the line of march here.


The hooding process is one of the special features of the commencement convocation at PLNU.  As you are led toward the podium by a commencement marshal and stand in line waiting for your name to be announced to receive your degree, faculty will drape the university hood around your shoulders.  In so doing, the faculty will be investing you with the university colors. This hood is also yours to keep.



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 folder with a Diploma Mailing Request form inside for ordering the diploma.  Most of you will fill out the original request when picking up your cap and gown.  If, however, your address changes from the original request submitted or if the request is not filled out before or on commencement day, 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 your responsibility to return library books and settle student accounts.  Failure to follow through on these detailswill make it impossible for the university to release diplomas or official transcripts.

Alumni Benefits

As new members of PLNU's Alumni Association, graduating seniors are eligible to enjoy unique experiences and special benefits and learn ways to stay connected to classmates.  We invite you to visit the Alumni Association website.