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School of Law Commencement - May 18, 2018

Commencement in Alumni Park

Help us congratulate the Class of 2018 as they celebrate the end of a significant chapter in their lives!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Palmer Center Certificate Ceremony Villa Graziadio Executive Center

Thursday, May 17, 2018

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. JD Graduate Breakfast
(JD graduates only)
SOL Front Lawn
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Straus Graduate Reception (Non-Juris Doctor - LLM., MDR, and Certificate) SOL Front Lawn
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Straus Graduate Reception
(Juris Doctor - MDR and Certificate)
SOL Front Lawn
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Baccalaureate Service Campus ChapelĀ 

Friday, May 18, 2018

9:30 a.m. Student Line-Up
(JD, MDR and LLM)
Alumni Park
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Graduation Ceremony Alumni Park

General Information

Graduates may have as many guests as they want attend the ceremony. There are no tickets. Please leave non-essential items in your car or with guests. There will be no place for you to leave any personal belongings during the ceremony.

Guest Information

We kindly suggest that you ask your guests to arrive by 9:45am on the day of graduation. The graduation ceremony starts promptly at 10:30am, and we would like to have all guests seated by 10:15am. Access to graduation on alumni park is wheelchair accessible, and spaces will be reserved accordingly. As this is an outdoor ceremony, sunblock, sunglasses, and hats are recommended for sun-sensitive guests. There is limited shaded seating. Here is the Malibu Campus Map for your reference. 


Commencement will be available via livestream this year. Please navigate to this link on the morning of May 18th at 10:30am to begin viewing online.

Parking Facilities

Students and guests should park as directed by the Public Safety officers. It is suggested that you use the student parking lot across from the law school. Shuttles will be running directly to the Alumni Park for the ceremony.

Rainy Day Plans

In the event of rain and unless otherwise posted on this Web site, graduation will be held in the Firestone Fieldhouse and the post-graduation reception will be cancelled. Graduates will assemble in the rafters on the West side of the Firestone Fieldhouse. Faculty and the platform party will assemble in Heritage Hall.

Graduation Videos

Commemorate your graduation on video. Graduation DVDs may be ordered online here.


Please contact Margaret Barfield at (310) 506-4653 or at margaret.barfield@pepperdine.edu with questions.