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Information for Psychology Division Graduates

GSEP doctoral graduate receiving his diploma


Psychology Division

Saturday, April 20, 2024

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Alumni Park I Malibu campus

Eligibility Requirements

Masters Degree

On-campus psychology students - complete all degree requirements by the end of the Summer (August) term. 

Online psychology students - complete all degree requirements by the end of the Spring (June) term.

Doctoral Degree

Pass final dissertation defense on or before Saturday, May 4, 2024.

Class of 2024 Checklist

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January 24, February 13, and March 27, 2024

Attend one of three commencement webinars or view a recording of the latest webinar here.


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February 12 - March 20, 2024

RSVP for the ceremony via the email from gsepgrad@pepperdine.edu.



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February 12 - March 17, 2024

Rent or purchase a cap, gown, and hood directly from Herff Jones by March 17, 2024 for regular shipping cost or by March 31 with rush shipping cost.

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April 20, 2024

Psychology ceremony for Master's and Doctoral Grads

Graduate arrival time: 8:45 AM, ceremony starts at 10:30 AM

Guest tickets not required.

Arrival and Line-up Instructions

Arrival Time

Master and Doctoral Graduates should arrive no later than 8:45 AM and report to the Student Check-in Area near the pond on Alumni Park to check in, receive assistance with their cap and gown robing, and take part in a practice procession.

Assembly and Line-Up

Graduates will bring their regalia and report to student check-in at Alumni Park on the Malibu campus at the designated time of their ceremony. At check-in, graduates will receive their name card, which will be used by the ceremony name reader during the ceremony and find their designated seat near the check-in area for line-up and instructions. The processional is coordinated by degree. Doctoral candidates will be seated in the front rows, followed by master degree programs. As a safety precaution, children may not march with grads or process the graduate stage. Comfortable shoes are suggested, as you will march in the processional and recessional. Please note: there will not be a storage area for personal belongings.

Presentation of Graduates

When the Dean asks the graduates to rise, please rise together and remain standing until the President confers the degree, then you may sit down. Upon cue from the ushers, graduates from each row will rise and proceed to the stage. Enter the stage on the RIGHT side, and hand the card you received at check-in to the name reader. As your name is called, walk across the stage to receive your diploma cover in your left hand, shake hands with the President, exit the stage on the LEFT side, and return to your chair, and be seated.

Printed Program

The traditional commencement program will be available for graduates and guests on commencement day. 


College honors are not printed in the commencement program nor read individually during the commencement ceremony.