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GSEP Commencement Ceremony Information

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Rescheduled ceremonies for the class of 2020 and 2021

*Student RSVP forms were emailed July 15, 2021. If you were eligible for the May 2020 or May 2021 virtual commencements and have not received an RSVP form to your personal or Pepperdine email address please email gsepgrad@pepperdine.edu.


Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021

Eligibility: Graduates who were eligible to participate in the May 2020 and May 2021 virtual commencements are invited to march in the September 25, 2021 commencement ceremony.  Please review the eligibility guidelines for participation noted in the 2020-2021 GSEP Academic Catalog on page 71. Doctoral candidates must have completed their final oral defense by May 1, 2021.

Ceremony Time: Education Division 9:00 AM and Psychology Division 3:30 PM

Graduate Arrival: Education Division 7:30 AM for check-in and seating. Psychology Division 2:00 PM for check-in and seating

Location: Pepperdine Malibu Campus, Alumni Park, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263. As this is not a covered canopy area, hats and use of sunscreen are recommended for your sun protection.

Tickets: Tickets are required for each guest attending the commencement. Tickets must be reserved by the graduate prior to commencement day. Graduates must claim tickets for their guests through our online ticketing platform, which will open at 9:00 am on September 1, 2021, and close on September 5 at 11:55 pm.  A second round of ticket offerings will open online at the same link at 9:00 am on September 8, 2021, and close on September 15, at 11:55 pm.

Currently, the guest limit per graduate is 10 guests for the Education commencement and 8 guests for the Psychology commencement. Children over 2 years old will require a printed or electronic ticket for admission. Any child 2 years old or younger without a ticket must be seated on a ticket holder's lap during the event. 

At this time, per the current LA County guidelines, proof of vaccination is not required to attend the outdoor commencement ceremony. As an outdoor event with fewer than 10,000 attendees face coverings are not required, yet strongly encouraged.

Livestream of the Ceremonies: Both commencement ceremonies will be live-streamed for guests who are unable to attend in person. Livestreams will begin 15 minutes prior to the start of each commencement ceremony.

Regalia: Graduates are responsible for renting or purchasing a cap, gown, and hood directly from Herff Jones. Regalia orders will be shipped directly to the graduate. Due to a limited supply of gowns, delayed shipping, and COVID-19 cleaning protocols, regalia rentals may take several weeks to arrive. There will be a charge to rent regalia and for shipping.  Graduates who rented and already returned regalia from the May 2021 virtual commencement can call (310) 641-5535 ext 0 to obtain a new rental without incurring an additional charge. More information can be found on the regalia page.

Guest Seating: There will be a sun-sensitive tent near the rear of guest seating and designated wheelchair/scooter seating near the front of guest seating. Both areas are first come first seated. Guests are NOT permitted to accompany graduates to the check-in area.

Parking: There is no fee for parking on campus.  A special parking area in parking lot P near Firestone Fieldhouse has been designated for disabled person parking. Inquire at the information booth at Seaver Drive or John Tyler Drive for specific directions. Once you arrive at the special parking area, a public safety officer will assist you with parking. There will be golf carts servicing between parking lot P and Alumni Park. Another option would be to pull up next to Alumni Park, drop off the guest, and park elsewhere. Graduation hosts will greet guests as they enter the graduation arena and assist with seating.

Concessions: Water bottles will be made available for all graduates and guests.

Malibu campus map

Hotels/local accommodations

Virtual Commencement

The May 20, 2021, virtual commencements are archived on the GSEP YouTube channel

For specific information regarding a division ceremony click the appropriate division button below