Caruso School of Law Commencement
Class of 2023
Date: Friday, May 19, 2023
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Alumni Park
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. Area hotel information including Pepperdine discounts is available on our Malibu Area Hotels page- please call ahead to verify discount.
Graduate check-in 8:30–9:45 AM
Hooder check-in 9–9:45 AM
Ceremony start time: 10:30 AM (Note: all graduates must be checked in by 9:45 AM in order to participate in the commencement ceremony).
The commencement ceremony will be broadcast live. To view, please visit the University commencement page where the stream will begin 15 minutes prior to the ceremony. Livestream commencement. You will also be able to view or download a PDF version of the commencement program.
Regalia (Cap, Gown, Tassel, and Hood)
Gowns will be available for pickup in advance of the graduation ceremony. Please make time to pick up your robe on the following schedule:
Wednesday, May 17
JDs | 10AM—1PM | ACR
Graduate Programs | 10AM—1PM | Classroom B
Thursday, May 18
JDs | 8AM—12PM | 2PM—5PM | ACR
Graduate Programs 8AM—12PM | 2PM—5PM | Classroom B
Caps (tams), tassels, and hoods were available by direct order and will not be provided by Caruso Law. Please contact Jostens customer support for questions regarding these items.
Specialty Celebration Schedule
Please check your email for RSVP links. Deadlines apply. All times below are Pacific Time.
Diversity and Belonging Graduation Celebration
Tuesday, May 16, 2023 | 5:30–7:30 PM
Pepperdine Beach House. For all graduates, particularly those from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in the legal profession.
Palmer Center Certificate Ceremony
Wednesday, May 17, 2023 | 4–6 PM
Caruso Law Lon V. Smith Atrium. For graduates earning Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law certificates.
Thursday, May 18, 2023 | 9:30–11:30 AM
Caruso Law Lon V. Smith Atrium. For Class of 2023 graduates earning Juris Doctor degrees (no guests permitted).
Graduate Law Reception
Thursday, May 18, 2023 | 3–5 PM
Caruso Law Lon V. Smith Atrium. For Class of 2023 graduates earning LLM, MDR, MLS degrees, or Certificates in Dispute Resolution.
Baccalaureate Church Service
Thursday, May 18, 2023 | 7–9 PM
Stauffer Chapel. A Christian worship service for Class of 2023 graduates and their families.
2023 Commencement FAQ
No. Graduates and their guests do not need entry testing or proof of vaccination or exemptions. The situation is dynamic, however, and may change. Please refer to this page for updates before traveling to Malibu for the ceremony.
It is recommended that you bring sunscreen and hats as sun-sensitive seating areas will be limited.
On-campus parking is available at locations marked on the campus parking map, on campus streets, and at the Drescher Graduate Campus on Via Pacifica. Shuttles will be in service, available at any marked campus shuttle stop. Special parking arrangements have been made for guests with special accessibility needs at convenient locations. For more information, contact the Department of Public Safety at the information booths or call 310.506.4700.
Due to the current county guidelines, there will not be concessions available at the ceremony but water bottles will be made available for all guests.
Order flowers ahead of time and they will be available for pick-up on the day of graduation. Order flowers here.
Several area hotels offer discounts for Pepperdine guests. Please see our list of hotels. Pepperdine discounts are noted where available.
Yes. Out-of-state graduates are permitted to attend, whether or not they are fully vaccinated. All graduates must RSVP to attend or your name will not be read.
The ceremony will be live-streamed and recorded for future viewing. Names of those not in attendance will not be read.
No, graduates do not need to attend to have their degree conferred.
Yes. There is no limit on the number of guests each graduate can bring. Registration is not required for guests.
It is recommended that guests bring sunscreen and hats as sun-sensitive seating areas will be limited.
Regalia (Cap, Gown, Hood, and Tassel)
Graduates are required to purchase their tam (cap), tassel, and hood directly from the Jostens purchasing website within the “Graduation Caps & Gowns” section. These items will be sent directly to the address provided at time of order and will be for the graduate to keep.
The law school will be providing rental gowns the week of commencement for graduates to pick up. Immediately following the commencement ceremony, graduates will return the rental gown at the designated location prior to exiting Alumni Park. No graduate will be allowed to exit Alumni Park without returning their rental gown.
The tam, tassel, and hood purchases should arrive approximately five (5) weeks from the order date. All hoods will have Pepperdine blue and orange lining, but the size/length and velvet band of the hood is based on the degree the graduate will be receiving. Please review the table below to identify the hood(s) graduates should expect to receive from their order. Once the order is received, check that the hood has the Pepperdine blue and orange lining as well as the appropriate velvet band and length.
|Degree Receiving||Gown and Hood Needed|
|Juris Doctorate||Doctorate JD Hood (longer in length w/ purple velvet band)|
|Master of Laws (LLM)||Doctorate LLM Hood (longer in length w/ lilac velvet band)|
|MDR or MLS||Master Hood (shorter in length w/ white velvet band)|
|JD/MDR||Doctorate JD Hood & Master Hood (see above descriptions)|
Please contact Jostens customer support.
Graduates will be able to pick up their rental gown at the law school the week of commencement. An announcement on the exact times and locations will go out the week before.
The tam, tassel, and hood purchased are yours to keep. Immediately following the commencement ceremony, graduates will return the rental gown at the designated location prior to exiting Alumni Park. No graduate will be allowed to exit Alumni Park without returning their rental gown.
Yes. Graduates must plan to arrive at Alumni Park dressed in regalia no later than 8:30 AM.
No. The University requires that all graduate degree regalia is consistent within each degree conferred across all graduates.
Margaret Barfield can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (310) 506-4653.
Diplomas and Program
Diplomas will be mailed to your permanent address approximately six weeks after degrees are conferred on May 19.
If you have confirmed that your graduation requirements have been met, and submitted your information to your program, your name will appear in the program.
The commencement printed program will be handed out to students and guests at the in-person ceremony. You will also be able to download a copy of the program from the commencement website.
Please contact the Dean’s Suite at email@example.com if you have any questions not answered here.