Graduation

Upcoming Commencement

 

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.)

Eligibility

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.

Important Deadlines

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.

Ceremony Details


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.

Reader Card

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 concordgraduation@purdueglobal.edu.

Attire

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

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 rsupport@purdueglobal.edu 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.

Graduation Travel


Hotels

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.

Hotel Angeleno
170 North Church Lane
Los Angeles, CA 90049
www.hotelangeleno.com

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)

Transportation

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 concordgraduation@purdueglobal.edu 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Watch your email for important updates and information concerning the Concord ceremony. If you change your email, please contact concordgraduation@purdueglobal.edu with an updated email address, as information will be emailed to the address provided on your participation form.

Step 4: Have a Seamless Experience

  1. 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 concordgraduation@purdueglobal.edu.

    Note: Add concordgraduation@purdueglobal.edu to your approved senders list to ensure our emails reach you.
  2. 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.
  3. Make travel plans early. Hotel and airfare costs are typically higher when booked close to your travel dates, so make any necessary reservations early.
  4. Contact us if your plans change. If you are unable to attend the ceremony, please contact concordgraduation@purdueglobal.edu.

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.

Contact Information

Ceremony-Related Questions

For general questions about graduation, please email concordgraduation@purdueglobal.edu.

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.

Nonceremony-Related Questions

Graduation FAQs