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University of Phoenix Commencement
Southern California  |  Fall 2023

Congrats! It’s time to celebrate your achievement surrounded by people who are so proud of everything you’ve accomplished. Welcome to a community of over 1 million alumni.  

When

Saturday, October 7, 2023

Note: These are in-person ceremonies with no virtual options for participation.

 

 

Where

Honda Center,
2695 E. Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806

 

 

Ceremony times

Ceremony times are based on your registration.

Morning ceremony: 10:00 am PDT

Doors will open at 8:30 am PDT
Graduates should arrive no later than 9:00 am PDT

Afternoon ceremony: 3:30 pm PDT
Doors will open at 2 pm PDT
Graduates should arrive no later than 2:30 pm PDT

Watch the replay

Choose the ceremony based on your registration time:

Live streams will be available for viewing up to 30 days after ceremony.

Before commencement

Commencement checklist

Order regalia by September 15, 2023

Make travel plans as needed

Reserve graduate and guest tickets

Get ready to celebrate

Day of commencement

Getting to the ceremony

Know before you go

Transportation

Check with California Department of Transportation for any road closures the weekend of commencement. 

Transportation options

Rideshare: Located at our ARTIC center across the street.

  • Drop-off: Guests using rideshare services and taxis must be dropped off at the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) at 2626 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim 92806. Drivers must access Douglass Road from Katella Ave. and follow traffic control officer instructions. 
  • Pick-up: The designated pick-up is located across Katella Ave. at the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) at 2626 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim 92806. Guests will exit Honda Center, walk the designated sidewalk towards Katella Ave., and follow traffic control officer instructions to the pick-up location.

Airport distance from Honda Center

  • John Wayne Airport (SNA): 12.4 miles
  • Long Beach Airport: 20.7 miles
  • Ontario Airport: 34 miles

Parking

There will be parking fees for all lots, the cost is $25 per vehicle or $20 with a vehicle that has a graduate that can show their regalia.

  • Parking will be in lots 1, 4, 5, 7. Access is separate into each lot. Attendants will be at each lot to take the parking fee and direct everyone.
  • Parking will be open at 7:30 am for morning ceremony and 1:30pm for afternoon ceremony

Get directions

Honda center event parking map showing construction closures

Entrance

  • Graduates (excluding doctoral) will go to the northwest side entrance and proceed to the outside grad central area, west side of Lot 3. Line-up will occur on the outside of the venue. 
  • Doctoral graduates will enter at the Southeast entrance and proceed to the Impact Room. This is a different entrance then the other graduates.
  • Guests can enter at the West, East, South, Southwest, Southeast, North, and Northeast entrance doors of the venue.
  • Guests including minors are not allowed into the pre-ceremony graduate area or in the graduate seating and stage areas. Minors must be accompanied by an adult and this cannot be a graduate.

Everyone will be required to go through metal detectors and bags will be checked to ensure they meet the requirements.

Ticket information

We can provide up to 8 guest tickets and the graduate ticket (9 total tickets) at this time. This includes children of all ages.  The graduate ticket will be the same as the guest ticket.  You will receive an email with instructions on how to reserve your tickets through the Universe ticket website. This email will be sent in early September.

To unlock your ticket(s) you will enter an access key, your access key is the email you used during registration. Check all mail folders as the ticket email may go to "spam" or "junk" folders. 

Be prepared to show your digital tickets at the entrance. Graduates can send ticket(s) to their guests as needed. 

There will be a ticket table available on the day of the ceremony to assist with any ticket issues or questions.

ADA accommodations

If any of your guests will require ADA accommodations at the commencement ceremony, there will be staff at the venue who can assist with seating accommodations. Wheelchairs will not be available for use during the ceremony. Please be sure to provide your own wheelchair, whether it is for a guest or graduate.

  • Guests that need an ADA seat must check in at the Guest Services counter located at section 214 FIRST and then Honda’s team will lead them to their ADA seats.
  • ADA seats allow for the ADA patron + 1 guest to be sat in the ADA area.
  • ADA seating is on a first come first serve basis. Guests must check in FIRST before taking their seats in the ADA sections. There will be paper signs on those seats that direct guests as well as Honda’s ushers that will assist.
  • There will be a designated drop off point near the venue.

Strollers

Due to Fire Marshal regulations, strollers are not permitted in the seating area. They can be stored outside the Southeast venue doors at your own risk.

We ask all graduates to stay until the end of the ceremony out of respect to the remaining graduates. You’re officially done at the conclusion of the ceremony and can celebrate by moving your tassel over as recognition of being a graduate. Guests will be released in an orderly fashion to ensure a safe exit for everyone. Afterward, you'll exit the ceremony and can meet your friends and family at the alumni celebration.

Bag restrictions

This venue has bag restrictions. You can view the requirements here. 

Graduate information

Preparing for the ceremony

There is no storage at the commencement venue for personal belongings. Please make arrangements for a guest to hold any personal items or carry them with you at all times. Please be advised that University of Phoenix is not responsible for any damage or loss to personal property.

Bring your cap and gown. Additionally, bachelor's degree students must bring their stoles; master's and doctoral degree students must bring their hoods. Use a cool iron, if necessary, to ensure a wrinkle-free appearance.

The deadline to order standard regalia is September 15, 2023 (by midnight) without additional shipping charges. The final deadline will be September 21, 2023, with expedited shipping charges.

You can order regalia through the NRP Regalia website.

For questions concerning NRP regalia items, please contact customer support at phoenix@taylorcorp.com or 480-219-3247. Limited amount of regalia will be available on the day of the ceremony for purchase (cash or credit).

Military graduates: Remember to bring your cord to the ceremony. The military cord is available to order at no charge on the regalia web site. If this was not ordered, they will be available on the day of the ceremony.

Regalia protocols and attire:

Out of respect and courtesy to the University and graduates, we ask that candidates and faculty do not alter their caps and gowns; however, if graduates do alter their caps, we ask that they respect their fellow graduates by wearing their regalia (cap/gown) in a manner that prohibits the use of any offensive or obscene pictures, words, or reference. If students violate any of these prohibited items, they may be asked to remove or alter these items. 

  • Business casual attire should be worn under the gown.
  • Military Dress Uniforms may be worn in place of regalia. Uniforms and regalia should not be worn together.
  • Cultural robes, beauty pageant stoles, etc. are inappropriate for commencement ceremonies and should not be worn, unless they are worn completely underneath the official regalia robes.
  • Cultural and tribal stoles are approved to be worn on the top of the approved official UOPX regalia at commencement ceremonies. Cultural robes, if worn, must be worn underneath the official regalia robe.
  • Please wear comfortable shoes that can be worn long distances, on concrete and/or unstable flooring.
  • You are allowed to wear honors regalia awarded by an approved Honor Society with your standard regalia attire.

Upon arrival, graduates will be directed to a "grad central" area on the West Side Lot #3. We will have the following tables available:

  • NRP to purchase regalia
  • Grad Card Assistance - Name cards will be mailed to each graduate a few weeks before the ceremony. Be sure to bring it to the ceremony.
  • Grad Supplies with bobby pins and safety pins
  • Military and honor cords available for eligible graduates

University staff will be available to assist with any questions regarding ceremony logistics.

  • First, ensure you have your name card.
  • Verify you have all your regalia (cap, gown, etc.)
  • No rehearsal, staff will be available to guide the graduates.
  • Graduates will be lined up by degree level, not alphabetically (associates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral).
  • Graduates will proceed double file down the loading dock ramp, onto the venue floor and to seating. Comfortable and stable shoes are recommended.
  • Seating will be by degree level in two sections on the floor.
  • You will be called to the stage by degree level, not alphabetical, with dual lines as you go across the stage. Your name and degree will be displayed and your name announced as you cross the stage. Photos will be taken as you go to the stage as well as when you cross the stage and are handed a UOPX branded congrats envelope.
  • Doctoral graduates will be hooded on stage.
  • We ask that everyone to remain until the end of the ceremony for the celebratory tassel change and acknowledgment of being graduated. For recessional, you will exit up guest seating aisles to the concourse level and to the post-ceremony alumni celebration area. We anticipate the ceremony lasting approx. 2 hours. 

The University identifies graduates registered for the commencement who are eligible for the honor cord. If you are eligible to receive an honor cord, one will be provided to you at no cost on the day of commencement. This cord is not part of the President or Dean lists. 

Current University of Phoenix Honors Policy:

Graduates eligible to participate in a ceremony and meet the honors criteria can receive a cord.

The cord provided will be based on the current GPA.

  • Associate and bachelor's degree students with a program completion date of 01/01/2022 or later:
    • "Cum Laude" - Bronze Cord
      Program GPA of 3.70-3.84
    • "Magna Cum Laude" - Silver Cord
      Program GPA of 3.85-3.94
    • "Summa Cum Laude" - Gold Cord
      Program GPA of 3.95-4.0
  • Master's degree students with program completion date of 01/01/2022 or later:
    • "With Distinction" - Red & Platinum Cord
      Program GPA of 3.90 or higher

Prior University of Phoenix Honors Policy:

Bachelor's degree students with program completion date of 12/31/2021 or before:

  • "With Honors" - Platinum Cord
    Program GPA of 3.85 or higher

The University has coordinated with GradImages Photography to photograph graduates at the ceremony. There will be two photo opportunities during the ceremony: one when going up to the stage and another when crossing the stage.

GradImages will send an email to graduates following the ceremony with a proof and information on how to purchase.

GradImages Photography
service@gradimages.com
800-261-2576

You will get a printed program the day of the ceremony. The digital program version will be viewable 3 days prior to the ceremony date and up to 30 days following the conclusion of the ceremony. 

Visit the official University of Phoenix Commencement Program site.  Select “Southern California” from the “What is your Ceremony Location?” drop-down menu.

11747 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92840
Rate: starts at $172
Deadline for Reservations: September 13, 2023 (or sooner if room block is filled)

12005 Harbor Boulevard, Garden Grove, CA 92840
Rate: starts at $185
Deadline for Reservations: September 13, 2023 (or sooner if room block is filled)

11777 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92840
Rate: starts at $169
Deadline for Reservations: September 13, 2023 (or sooner if room block is filled)

13650 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92843
Rate: starts at $199
Deadline for Reservations: September 4, 2023 (or sooner if room block is filled)

1411 South Manchester Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92802
Rate: starts at $230
Deadline for Reservations: September 4, 2023 (or sooner if room block is filled)

1441 South Manchester Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92802
Rate: starts at $225
Deadline for Reservations: September 26, 2023 (or sooner if room block is filled)

12681 Harbor Boulevard, Garden Grove, CA. 92840

Reservation instructions:
Choose your dates: October 4 to 9, 2023.
Enter in the Group Code: 2310UOFP  Complete Reservation


Rate: starts at $200
Deadline for Reservations: August 20, 2023 (or sooner if room block is filled)

1915 S. Manchester Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92802
Rate: starts at $149
Deadline for Reservations: September 4, 2023 (or sooner if room block is filled)

1600 S. Clementine St., Anaheim, CA 92802
Rate: starts at $259
Deadline for Reservations: September 6, 2023 (or sooner if room block is filled)

900 South Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, CA 92802
Rate: starts at $169
Deadline for Reservations: September 4, 2023 (or sooner if room block is filled)

2550 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92806

Rate: starts at $169
Deadline for Reservations: September 21, 2023 (or sooner if room block is filled)
Use Attendee Code: 3168

200 N. The City Dr., Orange, CA 92868

Rate: starts at $159
Deadline for Reservations: September 5, 2023 (or sooner if room block is filled)
Use Attendee Code: 1617

3737 West Chapman Ave., Orange, CA 92868

Rate: starts at $139
Deadline for Reservations: September 5, 2023 (or sooner if room block is filled)
Use Attendee Code: 2572

While you're in Anaheim

Hotels with discounted rates

Southern California 2023 Ceremony hotel options with discounted rates (first come, first serve, limited amount of rooms available within each block, rate does not include tax and any other fees).

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