Jordan Thompson stands up to receive his diploma at PLNU's commencement ceremony

Spring Commencement

Here is our Spring 2018 Commencement schedule. Click on each date for a detailed list of the majors and programs participating in that convocation.

Friday, May 4 at 4 p.m.

Graduate and Professional Studies Convocation

  • College of Extended Learning
  • School of Education

Saturday, May 5 at 10 a.m.

Undergraduate Convocation

  • College of Arts and Humanities
  • School of Business
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Theology & Christian Ministry

Saturday, May 5 at 1:30 p.m.

Graduate and Professional Studies Convocation

  • College of Natural and Social Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Theology & Christian Ministry

Saturday, May 5 at 4:30 p.m.

Undergraduate Convocation

  • College of Natural and Social Sciences
  • School of Education
  • Department of Music

Spring Convocation

For instructions and information about Commencement, please select your ceremony from the options below. Be sure to check back regularly for more updates.

UndergraduateGraduate and Professional Studies

On Commencement Day

For the ceremonies to be enjoyed by all and for everyone’s safety, we ask guests be aware of the following:

Arrive early!

Parking and seating are on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend that you arrive 1½ - 2 hours before the event.

The City of San Diego is in the midst of significant infrastructure improvement projects in the Point Loma community. These projects have resulted in heavy road construction, road closures and detours around PLNU. Please allow for extra time when traveling to and from campus – including Spring Commencement. Additional details will be provided as they are available.

Be prepared

The Greek Amphitheatre consists of semi-steep concrete steps and wood plank seating. Please wear sensible shoes and bring a cushion or blanket to sit on if desired.

The Greek Amphitheatre is an outdoor venue with little to no shade and can be quite warm. Please hydrate before arrival, bring water (some water will be for sale at the event), and be sure to eat to avoid feeling faint. The heat can catch you off guard if not prepared. Hats, visors, sunglasses, sunscreen, and lightweight jackets are also recommended.

Our policy on cell phones and other personal electronic devices

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.

Items that will be confiscated by security personnel

Air horns, cowbells, kazoos, 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.

The use of silly string, confetti launchers, party poppers, beach balls, and other party items is also not permitted.

Can I bring balloons?

Balloons are not allowed in the Greek Amphitheatre since they can obstruct the view of those seated around you. They will be confiscated by the ushers. Please check them in at Cabrillo Hall, Room 104, where they can be picked up after the ceremony.

Can I bring signs for my graduate?

Signs are allowed in the Greek Amphitheatre, but we ask you keep them lowered until your graduate's name is called. After your graduate has crossed the platform, please return your signs to a lowered position to avoid blocking the view of those around you.

What is PLNU's video and camera policy at Commencement?

Personal video or camera equipment that requires a tripod is not allowed in the Greek Amphitheatre. Handheld cameras or recorders may be used, but we ask you remain in your seat to record, as movement may interfere with our professional videographer and photographer.

Please stay in your seats

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

Guest Accommodations and Services

Guests of graduating PLNU students can find more information about hotels, parking, food services, and other important Commencement information here.

A male student points to the crowd after receiving his diploma

Graduation Shop

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