Ceremony Schedules & Details

Auditorium doors will open for guests one hour before each ceremony. Auditorium doors will close 10 minutes before the ceremony begins to clear the lobby and aisles to prepare for the academic procession (graduates and faculty marching in). The doors will reopen after the processional, national anthem and invocation (approximately 30 minutes). Late-arriving guests will be seated immediately following the invocation.

  • Ceremony for:

    College of Graduate Nursing (CGN)

    Nursing (MSN)
    Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
    Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP)
    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

    College of Optometry (CO)

    Optometry (OD)

  • Date

    Thursday, May 14, 2020

  • Time

    9:30 a.m
    Graduate Arrival: 8:00 a.m.
    Guest Seating Begins: 8:30 a.m.
    Doors Close: 9:20 a.m.

  • Location

    Pasadena Civic Auditorium (PCA)
    300 E. Green St. Pasadena CA, 91101-2399
    (626) 793-2122

Keynote Speaker

Paul Leon

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Commencement Countdown
2020/05/14 09:30:00
All Graduates Must

Complete the graduate participation form. Due February 1, 2020.

This form will allow you to reserve tickets, family hooder passes, and invitations, and to order your cap & gown.

Graduate Participation Form

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A Moment of Honor
What is Family Hooding

Western University of Health Sciences proudly offers our graduates the opportunity to have two adult family members/friends join them on stage to bestow them with the academic hood signifying their degree. At that special moment, you, the family hooder, will be honoring your graduate for their years of hard work. At the same time, by your presence on stage, you will be recognized for the contributions you’ve made along the way. It will truly be a moment of honor.

BEFORE THE CEREMONY:
  • Review the instructional video online (see below) or watch and practice hooding in Room 101 at the Conference Center (next to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium) on the day of the ceremony.
  • Your graduate will give you your Family Hooder Pass (only two per graduate), which will also serve as your admission ticket.
  • Only two family hooders will be permitted on stage.
  • For safety and liability purposes, Family Hooders must be at least 12 years of age. Family Hooders between 12-17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult, and the adult chaperone will count as one of the Family Hooders. No exceptions will be granted.
  • You will need to show your Hooder Pass to be admitted to the Family Hooder Seating area, known as the Loge.
  • The Loge section is at the top of a long flight of stairs. If you have difficulty ascending and descending stairs please have your graduate indicate this on the Graduate Participation Form. Should you need assistance the day of, please inform a commencement assistant and they will be happy to assist you.
  • Please leave any personal belongings with a family member in the general seating area or securely in your car before taking your seat in the loge; you will not be able to take your purse, camera or flowers/leis on stage with you. You must have your hands free to hood your graduate. WesternU and the Pasadena Civic Auditorium will not be held liable for any unattended, lost or stolen personal items.

 

DURING THE CEREMONY:
  • It is important that you sit in the section indicated on your hooder pass. This ensures that you will be directed to go to the lobby at the appropriate time.
  • Commencement assistants will alphabetize and escort you through the auditorium to the stage.
  • You will be directed onto the stage just prior to the calling of your graduate’s name.
  • An assistant will hand you a hood, you will then place it on your graduate’s shoulders.
    • A faculty member or trustee will hood the graduate should a family member not be present.
  • After the hooding, you will pose briefly with your graduate for a photograph and then exit the stage.
  • Your graduate will return to their seat and you will return to your seat in the Loge.
Tickets Are Required
General Admission Tickets
  • Tickets are required for all ceremonies except College of Veterinary Medicine, and seating is open and unassigned.
  • Children age two and older require a general admission ticket.
  • Tickets are free of charge and may not be purchased or sold. Contact the Office of Special Events if you have tickets you don’t need.
Family Hooder Passes
  • Two family hooder passes will be issued to each graduate, and will serve as an admission ticket (when required) and provide access to the family hooder seating area.
  • For safety and liability purposes, Family Hooders must be at least 12 years of age.
  • Family Hooders between 12-18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult, and the adult will count as one of the Family Hooders. No exceptions will be granted.
  • Family hooder passes cannot be exchanged for general admission tickets
Number of Tickets and Passes
  • Graduates must request tickets using the Graduate Participation Form.
  • Each graduate is guaranteed the number of tickets indicated below and can request additional general admission tickets on the Graduate Participation Form:
    • All Colleges (except College of Veterinary Medicine)
      • Two (2) Family Hooder Passes + Six (6) General Admission Tickets for a total of Eight (8)
    • College of Veterinary Medicine
      • Two (2) Family Hooder Passes (General Admission Tickets are not required)
Important Details
For safety reasons, please observe the following restrictions.
  • No signs, balloons, air-horns, strollers, bright camera lights or tripods permitted in the auditorium.
  • Graduates and family hooders please leave all “carry-along” items (purses, cell phones, electronic devices, books, flowers, etc.) with family members or securely in your car. Graduates should not carry anything during the processional and family hooders will not be permitted to take personal belongings on stage.
Flower Leis
  • Prior to the ceremony, you may drop off a lei at the Will Call Station for delivery to your graduate.
Doors Close 10 Minutes Before Each Ceremony
  • Auditorium doors will open for guests one hour before each ceremony.
  • Auditorium doors will close 10 minutes before the ceremony begins to clear the lobby and aisles to prepare for the academic procession (graduates and faculty marching in).
  • The doors will reopen after the processional, national anthem and invocation (approximately 30 minutes).
  • Late arriving guests will be seated immediately following the invocation.
Graduates Running Late
  • Please remember that commencement is mandatory for all graduates! If you are afraid you’re going to miss the start of the ceremony, take a deep breath, then call or text the emergency number and leave your name, program and what we can expect.
  • Emergency phone number for graduates. Call or text: (909) xxx-xxxx.  Please note, this phone is only monitored May 13, 14 and 15, 2020.
End of Ceremony
  • Each ceremony will last approximately 2-3 hours. When making lunch/dinner reservations, allow for ample time for the class photo, diploma pick-up, and photos with guests following the ceremony.
  • If you have completed all degree requirements, your diploma will be available for pick-up in Hall C (behind the Pasadena Civic Auditorium), after the class photo. You may also pick up your diploma on campus at the Office of the Registrar in the University Student Affairs Annex, second floor of the Harris Family Center for Disability and Health Policy (CDHP).
  • Please remember that commencement is mandatory for all graduates! If you are afraid you’re going to miss the start of the ceremony, take a deep breath, then call or text the emergency number and leave your name, program and what we can expect.
Near the Ceremony
SHERATON PASADENA HOTEL

303 Cordova Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
1-626-449-4000

Special Rate with Group Code:
Western University Friends and Family Block

Rates:

$249.00 per night Single/Double
$264.00 per night Triple
$279.00 per night for Quad

Rooms Available: May 12 – May 16, 2020
Reserve By: April 12, 2020
Check-in: 3:00 p.m. | Check-out: 12:00 noon

Distance from Ceremony: 0 miles
Distance from Campus: 29 miles

Hilton Pasadena

168 S. Los Robles Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101
1-626-577-1000

Special Rate with Group Code:
WesternU – Detail Group 2020 – Guest Block

Rates:

$189.00 per night Single/Double
$199.00 per night Triple
$209.00 per night for Quad

Rooms Available: May 12 – May 15, 2020
Reserve By: April 21, 2020
Check-in: 3:00 pm | Check-out: 12:00 noon

Distance from Ceremony: 1/2 mile
Distance from Campus: 27 miles

The Westin Pasadena

191 N. Los Robles
Pasadena, CA 91101
1-866-837-4181

Special Rate with Group Code:
Western University of Health Sciences Room Block 2020

Rates:

$199.00 per night Traditional Double
$199.00 per night Traditional King

Rooms Available: May 9 – May 19, 2020
Reserve By: April 21, 2020
Check-in: 3:00 p.m. | Check-out: 12:00 noon

Distance from Ceremony: 1/2 mile
Distance from Campus: 27 miles

Courtyard by Marriott Pasadena Hotel

180 North Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
1-626-403-7600

Special Rate with Group Code:
Western University of Health Sciences

Rates:

$189.00 per night Double Queen
$189.00 per night Single King

Rooms Available: May 12 – May 16, 2020
Reserve By: April 22, 2020
Check-in: 4:00 p.m. | Check-out: 12:00 noon

Distance from Ceremony: 1 mile
Distance from Campus: 28 miles

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Pasadena

3500 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107
1-626-792-1363

Special Rate with Group Code:
Western University of Health Sciences

Rates:

$139.00 per night Standard Double
$149.00 per night King Suite

Rooms Available: May 12 – May 15, 2020
Reserve By: April 29, 2020
Check-in: 3:00 p.m. | Check-out: 12:00 noon

Distance from Ceremony: 4.5 miles
Distance from Campus: 24 miles

Plan Your Day
  • Local Restaurants

The Pasadena Civic Auditorium is located directly across E. Greet Street from the Paseo Colorado, a great place to shop and dine.

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of places to eat: Where to Eat in Pasadena.

Each ceremony will last approximately 2-3 hours. When making lunch/dinner reservations, allow for ample time for the class photo, diploma pick-up, and photos with guests following the ceremony.

  • Hotel Parking

If you are staying at one of the Pasadena hotels, check with them regarding parking rates, and ask if they are within walking distance of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

  • Nearby Parking Lots

There are two parking areas adjacent to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium:

Northwest corner of E. Green St. and Marengo Ave. ($9.00*)
Pasadena Convention Center Onsite Parking. Enter on Marengo or Euclid ($15.00*)

  • Valet Parking

Valet parking is available at the entrance to the Civic Auditorium on Green Street ($25.00*).

  • Overflow Parking

In the event that hotel, valet or nearby parking lots become full, overflow parking will be available at the Ameron Center Lot on the corner of Euclid and Cordova ($20.00*).

*Parking fees may be subject to change

Pasadena
Request Accommodations

To request accommodations in advance, a graduate may indicate their needs when they complete the Graduate Participation Form. Please note, only graduates have access to the form.

Should you need to speak to anyone regarding your request, the friendly staff at the Harris Family Center for Disability and Health Policy (CDHP) are available to assist you. Please contact:

LaDonna Cash, Administrative Associate | (909) 469-5492

WesternU’s commencement assistants will be on site and available to assist you with the following:

  • Wheelchair Assistance: Wheelchairs will be on site for those who may need them, and seating has been reserved for wheelchair access. Staff will be available to help you to your seat should you or your guests need assistance
  • Family Hooders Who Require Assistance: The section of the auditorium reserved for family hooders is at the top of a long flight of stairs. If you are unable to ascend or descend stairs easily, you can ask to be seated on the main floor
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing: Reserved seating has been set aside for anyone needing a sign language interpreter. Captioning and assistive listening devices can also be made available upon request
  • Blind/Visually Impaired: Seating arrangements can be made for anyone with a visual impairment
  • Service Animals: Pets and other animals are not permitted with the exception of service animals (i.e. dogs and miniature horses) defined by the ADA as animals that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Service animals are work animals, not pets.
  • Other Needs: If you need other disability related accommodations we will be happy to work with you
Request Campus Tour
  • The Office of University Recruitment and Strategic Enrollment Management at Western University of Health Sciences is pleased to announce that we will be offering campus tours to families and guests of graduates on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

    Tours will be offered at 10 am and 12 noon and will last approximately one hour. The campus tour experience will give you the opportunity to learn about the University's history, campus-wide educational experiences and see the facilities first-hand!

    To register for a campus tour, please fill out the form below.

    Western University of Health Sciences
    Office of University Recruitment and Strategic Enrollment Management
    recruitment@westernu.edu
    909-469-5330

Graduate Celebrations

All Military Students

Armed Forces Commissioning Ceremony & Recognition Dinner
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
6:00 p.m.
Pasadena Hilton
168 S. Los Robles Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101

Contact: David Benton

All Military Students

CO Commencement Dinner

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Convention Center
601 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

Contact: Tiffany Witherspoon