Frequently Asked Questions

Here you can find answers to many of your Commencement questions. If you have a question you do not find answered below, please call (619) 849-2658 or email Shelley Fruchey.

General Questions

Where can I order announcements?

Announcements can be ordered online or by calling (800) 433-0296.

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

You can view driving directions at the visit section of our website.

Are there hotels in the area you recommend?

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

Do any of the hotels offer 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. View the hotel shuttle schedule online.

How long are the graduation ceremonies?

Each ceremony lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours.

Are balloons allowed in the Greek Amphitheatre?

Balloons cannot be allowed since they obstruct the view of those seated around you. They can be checked in at Cabrillo Hall, room 104, and collected after the ceremony has concluded.

Is childcare provided?

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

What if it rains?

All Convocations will take place "rain or shine." While we may experience a slight delay, the ceremonies will remain in the Greek Amphitheatre. Please be aware of the forecast and prepare accordingly (jackets, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc.).

How early should I arrive for Commencement?

The Greek Amphitheatre opens for seating one hour before each convocation begins. To allow time for parking and walking to the venue, we recommend you arrive 1½ - 2 hours before the start of the event.

Goods and Services

Will refreshments be available for purchase?

Will flowers be available for purchase at the ceremony?

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

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. Find ordering information.

Tickets and Seating

Are tickets required for seating in the Greek Amphitheatre?

Yes, tickets are required for all Convocations.

How many tickets does each graduate receive?

Each eligible student will receive a total of 10 tickets.

Is there a waiting list for additional tickets?

Yes. To be placed on the waiting list, please contact Shelley Fruchey at (619) 849-2658. All requests for additional tickets must be made by the student. When requesting additional tickets, please provide your student ID number, major or program, and how many additional tickets you are asking for. Additional tickets are NOT guaranteed and may not be available due to the large number of graduates expected.

Do children need a ticket to attend graduation?

Yes, children age three and older who are attending in the Greek Amphitheatre are required to have a ticket for all Convocations.

When does the Greek Amphitheatre open for seating?

Seating opens one hour before the start of each ceremony.