Thursday, February 28, 2019, at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, California at 10:00 am PT
(Note: the commencement is the Thursday following the February 2019 California Bar Exam, which is administered on February 26 and 27, 2019.)
Students are eligible to walk in the graduation ceremony if they have completed all graduation requirements prior to December 31, 2018. Students should contact a student support representative (CLSadvising@purdueglobal.edu) to review their remaining credits and requirements in order to determine their degree completion date.
January 23, 2019:
Last day to order caps and gowns. Visit the Jostens website or call 800-854-7464. Orders placed after the deadline are not guaranteed and may be subject to late fees and rush shipping fees.
January 23, 2019:
Last day to register to attend the February 28 graduation ceremony. (Registration is now closed.)
February 11, 2019:
Last day to make hotel reservations at Hotel Angeleno in the Concord group block. See additional graduation travel Info below.
Schedule of Events
8:30 am–9:45 am: Graduate check in, reception, and photographs
9:30 am: Theater doors open for guest seating
10:00 am–11:30 am: Commencement
Helpful hint: Do not arrive earlier than requested. While we encourage you to arrive early enough to become familiar with the area, if you do not have questions or do not require assistance, please refrain from arriving more than an hour prior to the start of the ceremony to avoid long wait periods.
All graduates must check-in at the registration table, located in the lobby of the Magnin Auditorium at the Skirball Center, to pick up their reader card. Reader cards should be kept in graduates’ possession until they cross the stage and hand it to the reader. The reader cards are used to pronounce graduates’ names and degrees as they cross the stage. Graduates who wish to have a phonetic spelling of their name should include it on their reader card.
Guests at Graduation
Each graduate may bring up to 6 guests to the ceremony. Graduates who want to bring more than 6 guests should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduates: Graduates are responsible for ordering their caps and gowns. Caps and gowns may be ordered directly through Jostens. A tassel and hood are included with your cap and gown. All caps are black and gowns are black with purple velvet trim. When choosing attire to wear under your gown, remember that the gown falls mid-calf. Business or business casual clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended.
Guests: Dress code is business professional for this event.
Diplomas are not distributed at the graduation ceremony. Diplomas are mailed by the Office of the Registrar approximately 8 weeks after completion of the final class and all program and financial requirements have been confirmed by University officials according to the University Catalog. For questions regarding diplomas, please email the Office of the Registrar at email@example.com or call 866-522-7747.
Graduation Ceremony Expenses
There is no fee to attend the graduation ceremony for graduates or their guests. However, graduates and their guests are responsible for all expenses incurred for travel to and from the ceremony, including finding and securing their own hotel rooms. See additional graduation travel info below.
Concord Law School secured a group block at Hotel Angeleno, the closest hotel to the Skirball Center, for a rate of $185 (plus applicable tax) per night, which includes deluxe room accommodations and valet parking. Reservations must be made by February 11, 2019, to receive the group rate. We recommend booking reservations early to avoid sold-out rooms.
170 North Church Lane
Los Angeles, CA 90049
View the Concord Law School group rate reservations, or call 866-264-3536 and mention Concord Law School at Purdue University Graduation to receive the discounted rate.
Listed below are other hotels in the area, but there are no established group rates at these properties.
Courtyard by Marriott Sherman Oaks (3.5 miles)
The Luxe Sunset Blvd (4 miles)
Hampton Inn & Suites Sherman Oaks (4.5 miles)
Best Western Carriage Inn (5 miles)
It is recommended that graduates and guests traveling to Los Angeles fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
PrimeTime Shuttle offers convenient and cost-effective transportation services to/from Los Angeles International Airport. Visit PrimeTime Shuttle to make a reservation.
Taxis, Ubers, and Lyfts are readily available at the airport for service to all local hotels. Uber and Lyft cars have airport pick up and drop off access at Los Angeles International and can be reserved via the Uber or Lyft app.
NOTE: When traveling from the hotel to the Skirball Center (graduation ceremony venue), it is recommended to use Uber or Lyft as taxi service is not readily available at the venue.
Parking at the Skirball Center
There is no fee to park at the Skirball Center for the graduation ceremony.
Concord Graduation Timeline
The timeline provides step-by-step information on what to expect up to and during graduation. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Step 1: Decide Whether You Are Attending a Ceremony
If you are not attending a ceremony, it is not necessary to fill out any forms, as the Office of the Registrar will automatically mail your diploma approximately 8 weeks after completion of the final class and after all program and financial requirements have been confirmed by University officials according to the University Catalog.
Step 2: Determine Your Eligibility and Review Financial Obligations
Review your remaining credits and expected graduation date on your degree plan to determine when your degree will be completed, as your degree must be completed by December 31, 2018, to attend the Concord Law School Ceremony, which will be held on Thursday, February 28, 2019.
Participation in the graduation ceremony can be a financial commitment. Students are responsible for purchasing their cap and gown as well as any costs associated with traveling and lodging, etc. Because costs vary with each student depending on their needs, we recommend researching your costs before registering to attend the ceremony.
Step 3: Complete the Registration Process
- Complete the online participation form. Students must register to attend the ceremony by [deadline will be provided when registration opens]. Note: it is not necessary to wait until you reach your final term to register. As long as your completion date is by December 31, 2018, you may register as soon as registration opens.
- Order your cap and gown. Caps and gowns are not sold by Purdue Global and will not be available for purchase at the graduation venue. Therefore, they must be ordered prior to the ceremony. Cap and gown orders take up to 6 weeks to process, so it is recommended that orders are placed early. The deadline to order caps and gowns for the Concord ceremony is January 23, 2019, and may be purchased through Jostens.
- Make your travel plans. Students who do not reside near the ceremony venue are responsible for making all necessary travel plans to get to the ceremony. We recommend booking your airfare and hotel early to avoid high prices.
It is recommended that graduates and guests refrain from booking travel accommodations until after the ceremony registration opens. In the event of a schedule change, Purdue Global is not responsible for reimbursing costs or other expenditures associated with attending the ceremony.
- Watch your email for important updates and information concerning the Concord ceremony. If you change your email, please contact email@example.com with an updated email address, as information will be emailed to the address provided on your participation form.
Step 4: Have a Seamless Experience
- Confirm your Registration. If you filled out a participation form and received a ceremony email stating you are not on the attendee list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Add email@example.com to your approved senders list to ensure our emails reach you.
- Order your cap and gown by the order deadline: January 23, 2019. Orders placed after the deadline may require additional rush shipping fees to ensure your order is received in time.
- Make travel plans early. Hotel and airfare costs are typically higher when booked close to your travel dates, so make any necessary reservations early.
- Contact us if your plans change. If you are unable to attend the ceremony, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 5: Keep in Touch After Graduation
Explore the Alumni section to stay connected with fellow graduates and peers, and to take advantage of the many benefits available to Concord graduates.
Career Services provides resume and job search assistance. Check out the career search tools available through the Career Network. The Career Network is accessible via the Purdue Global Campus portal to currently enrolled students and graduates of Purdue Global. It is a social platform for our students and alumni to collaborate with each other and the Career Services team. You can search for jobs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as well as track your job search activity.
For general questions about graduation, please email email@example.com.
Caps and Gowns
Contact Jostens online or by phone at 800-854-7464 to order graduation caps and gowns.
Online ordering will be open from October 4, 2018 to January 23, 2019.
Orders take approximately 7 weeks.
Account Balance and Payment Information
Contact Student Accounts
Tel: 866-522-7741; listen to the menu to determine the appropriate option
Degree Completion Date Information
Contact Student Support
Tel: 866-522-7747; listen to the menu to determine the appropriate option
Diploma Questions, Proof of Graduation, and Enrollment Verifications
Contact the Office of the Registrar
Center for Disabilities Services
- When is graduation?
Am I required to attend graduation?
No, the ceremonies are celebratory events and graduates are not required to attend.
How do I know if I am eligible to participate in the ceremony?
Candidates may walk in the February graduation ceremony provided they have completed all degree requirements by December 31, 2018. If you are not sure when your degree will be complete, please contact your Academic Advisor to go over your credits and requirements.
Can I attend a ceremony if I have a balance on my student account?
Yes. Owing a balance only prevents graduates from receiving their diploma, and the actual diplomas are not handed out at the ceremonies.
What do I have to do to attend a graduation ceremony?
Students who want to walk in the Concord Law School graduation ceremony must register by filling out the Concord Graduation Participation Form.
When should I register for the ceremony?
Registration begins approximately 4 months prior to the ceremony date and ends approximately 4 weeks prior to the ceremony date.
How many guests may I bring to the graduation ceremony?
Guest seating varies with each ceremony as they are based on the auditorium’s seating capacity as well as the number of graduates expected to attend. Children 3 years or younger are expected to sit on the lap of an adult and will not require a ticket. If a child needs his or her own seat to be comfortable, they will require a ticket. If a child is sitting in an adult's lap, then they do not need a ticket.
Can I attend a ceremony at a later date?
Graduates may attend any ceremony that falls after their degree completion date, including Purdue University Global ceremonies. Please visit the Purdue Global Graduation Center page frequently for updated ceremony dates and information.
How can I get invitations for family members who need to apply for travel visas?
While there are no formal invitations sent out, graduates can write to firstname.lastname@example.org and the graduation team can provide a letter to be given to the embassy.
What time do graduates and guests need to arrive at the ceremony?
The graduation check-in area for the Concord ceremony is open 90 minutes prior to the start time of the ceremony.
The auditorium doors will open 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the ceremony.
Are seats assigned?
Graduates will be seated by degree. Guest seating is open and on a first come first serve basis. Ushers will monitor and ask that seats not be saved.
Will the Concord ceremony be broadcast live over the internet?
Yes, it will be streamed via the Concord Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ConcordLaw.
How do I purchase professional graduation photos?
A professional photographer will be onsite taking photographs of graduates during the ceremony. Graduates will be contacted by the photographer approximately 2–3 weeks after the ceremony, as soon as all photos have been posted to their website. If you are not contacted within a month of your ceremony, please visit the photographer’s site at https://events.lifetouch.com.
Where do I order my cap and gown and can I order a set if I am not planning to attend graduation?
All graduates are responsible for purchasing their caps and gowns. You do not have to attend a ceremony to order regalia. Those attending should order their set no later than 7 weeks prior to the date of the ceremony, to ensure it arrives in time. All caps and gowns are black with purple velvet trim and tassels are black.
Can I purchase or exchange my cap and gown at the ceremony venue?
Purdue Global does not sell caps and gowns. As a courtesy, a small inventory of caps, gowns, and tassels will be available onsite for exchange purposes; however, there is no guarantee that your size will be available. We recommend ordering your cap and gown at least 7 weeks prior to the ceremony to ensure you have a gown.
Can I purchase a tassel only?
Tassels come with the cap and gown set; however, there is an option to purchase the tassel separately on the Jostens site.
Do I need a hood?
Hoods are part of the cap and gown package and come with the set when ordered through Jostens.
Can I purchase a cap and gown if I’ve missed the order deadline?
Graduates who miss the ordering deadline may contact Jostens’ customer service at 800-854-7464 to see if they will accept a late order. Please note that late orders may be subject to additional late and/or rush delivery fees.
Can I use my cap and gown set from a previous ceremony?
As long as your cap and gown is black with purple velvet trim, you may use it again.
When will I receive my diploma, and do I have to attend a graduation ceremony to receive it?
Diplomas are mailed by the Office of the Registrar approximately 8 weeks after completion of the final class and all program and financial requirements have been confirmed by University officials according to the University Catalog. For questions regarding diplomas, please email the Office of the Registrar at email@example.com or call 866-522-7747. Diplomas are not distributed at the graduation ceremonies.
What size will my diploma be?
Diplomas are 8.5" x 11.0".
How do I obtain a copy of my transcripts?
Official transcripts can be ordered through Parchment Exchange. Please see the “Transcripts” link in the Registrar and Credits page of Purdue Global Campus for ordering instructions.
- Where can I purchase additional items, such as printed graduation announcements, class ring, diploma frame, and Concord Law School branded items?