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Commencement

Deadline for Petitions to Walk is Friday, February 28th. Students: Check with the Registrar’s Office to determine your eligibility to participate in commencement.

Download our Commencement Frequently Asked Questions

 

One Stop Shop for Graduation

Saturday, March 1

10:00am-3:00pm in Woody's Dining Hall

Annual Evening of Etiquette presented by Career Development and Dr. Alexandra Saba

Thursday, March 6

5:00pm                      Malburg Atrium                               Reception

6:00pm                      Ahmanson Main Space                 Dinner

Deans’ Graduate Reception

Friday, May 9

4:30pm-6:00pm in the Library Plaza

RSVP here

Academic and Leadership Awards Convocation

Friday, May 9

3:00pm Check-in and Reception; 3:30 Ceremony in the Alumni Quad

RSVP here. Questions? Contact Christina Sundermeier at 818.252.5116 or christina.sundermeier@woodbury.edu

Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony. Commencement Speaker: actress Marlee Matlin

Saturday, May 10

9:00am at the Alumni Quad; Graduates must check-in by 8:15am

Accessibility

Parking and Seating for disabled students and guests with special needs will be available in the West (Main) Lot on campus. Requests for parking and seating are available online and should be submitted no later than May 2, 2014.

Commencement DVD

Arka Photography is the official videographer for Commencement. Pre-order your copy of the commemorative Commencement DVD at the Grad Expo or by calling (323) 660-7573.

Guests are welcome to record the ceremony in designated photography areas (first-come, first-served). For the viewing pleasure and safety of other guests, please comply with Commencement Officials in enforcing the designated photography area boundaries.

Flowers

Graduation Day Flowers will offer fresh flower bouquets and orchid leis at the Commencement ceremony.  Save 10% on all flower products by pre-ordering at www.graduationdayflowers.com.  Print your receipt and present it to the flower staff located at the main booth on campus.  A portion of proceeds benefit Woodbury University.

Food Services

Continental reception in Woody's Cafe beginning at 7:00 am. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase during and after the ceremony.

Guest Entry and Seating

Tickets will not be required for admittance to the ceremony. As a courtesy to others sharing this experience, it is suggested that graduates limit their guest count to ten (10) people (children included). Groups are encouraged to arrive early and at the same time in order to sit together.

Seating will be available in the Alumni Quad and New Woody's Dining Room. Guests can view the ceremony via live feed in the Fletcher Jones Foundation Auditorium.

Pets are prohibited, with the exception of service animals.

Parking

Woodbury University parking lots will be open on Commencement day. Parking for graduates and guests will be available on a first-come, first-served basis - so be sure to arrive early! Once campus lots are full, guests will be directed to remote parking lots. Shuttles will be available to and from campus to remote lots. Please do not park at 7-Eleven, Hill Street Cafe, neighboring streets or any unauthorized parking zones.

Please note that stretch limousines, RVs and other over-sized vehicles will not be permitted on campus. Passengers of such vehicles must be dropped off at the front gate just past the main entrance at the bus stop.

Photography

Ultimate Exposures is the official photography vendor for Commencement. They will be taking individual photos of graduates during the ceremony. Group photos will be available by request after the ceremonies. Proofs of any photos will be sent directly to your home by the photographer. Ultimate Exposures is currently taking appointments for formal portraits. Appointments can be made online. Ultimate Exposures will also be at the Grad Expo for portraits and advance orders.

Guests are welcome to photograph the ceremony in designated photography areas (first-come, first-served). For the viewing pleasure and safety of other guests, please comply with Commencement Officials in enforcing the designated photography area boundaries.

Woodbury Gear

Woodbury University's Campus Bookstore will open at 8:00am on Commencement Day. A varied selection of Woodbury shirts, caps, and novelties will be available for purchasse. The Campus Bookstore is available for online shopping and accepts cash, checks (up to $500), MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover credit cards.

Weather

Traditionally, weather has been cool early but can be quite warm later in the day. Please plan accordingly as portions of the seating area are not shaded.

Graduation Items

Announcements

Jostens representatives will be present at the Grad Expo to take orders for personalized graduation announcements. You may also place your order directly with Jostens online. To ensure your order will arrive in time for Commencement we recommend that you attend the Grad Expo on March 1, 2014. Please note the typical shipping time for personalized announcements is 2-3 weeks. You may also purchase generic announcements from the bookstore. Please contact the bookstore for more details.

Class Rings

Jostens representatives will be present at the Grad Expo to take orders for class rings. You may also place your order directly with Jostens online. Please note the typical time for ring production is 6-8 weeks. Please allow 3-10 additional business days for standard shipping or 1-2 additional business days for express shipping.

Custom Sashes

Pride Sash representatives will be present at the Grad Expo to take custom sash orders. Custom sashes can also be ordered directly through the Pride Sash. To ensure your order will arrive in time for commencement we recommend that you attend the Grad Expo and place your order in person. The last day to place an individual custom sash order with Pride Sash is Friday, March 28. The last day to place a bulk custom sash order is Friday, April 4. Pride Sash does not guarantee that orders will be delivered in time for the commencement ceremony for any orders submitted after these deadlines. The bookstore will also have sashes available, but they will not be customizable.

Diploma Frames

You may order your Woodbury University Diploma Frame with Green and Gold Double Mat and Gold Embossing directly from Framing Success. The frames are handcrafted in the USA and are already custom-sized for the Woodbury University diploma, allowing you to quickly and easily insert your diploma or certificate. There's no need to send them your valuable document! The Bookstore also carries three of their frames in stock: Classic, Windsor, and Prestige.

Contact the Bookstore for more information regarding graduation items and accessories.

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