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Inauguration of James A. Gash - Pepperdine University

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of an inauguration at a university?

A presidential inauguration is a milestone event in the life of an academic institution, building momentum for the University and positioning it for success as it embarks upon the next chapter in its story. With every presidential inauguration, Pepperdine strives to celebrate the University's heritage and reaffirm the uniqueness of its mission, honor the traditions of the academy and the University's commitment to learning, and affirm the importance of Pepperdine to its communities and engage each of them in meaningful ways. In addition, the University uses the extraordinary occasion to unite our global Waves family for a moment of renewal; create a sense of pride in our students, alumni, faculty, and staff; and bring together academic, government, and professional leaders in a truly distinctive moment.

Who may attend the inauguration ceremony

All members of the Pepperdine community are invited to attend the ceremony on our Malibu campus or view the ceremony via Livestream. Registration to attend the ceremony is requested.

What is the date, time, and location of the inauguration ceremony?

The inauguration ceremony will be held on September 25, 2019, at 10 AM in Alumni Park on the Malibu campus.

What groups will be represented in the procession?

In a storied tradition in higher education, the academic procession will include delegates from other universities from around the world. In addition, the academic procession will include elements from Founder's Day, with faculty from all five schools invited to march, as well as those representing various University boards, councils, and committees.

Are there any costs to attend any inauguration events?

No. There are no costs to attend any of the inauguration events.

Do I need a ticket to attend inauguration events?

For inauguration events that require registration, an electronic ticket will be issued via email to registrants two days before the event. Guests should come to the event prepared to show the electronic ticket.

Will campus offices be closed during the inauguration?

Campus offices will remain open during regular business hours throughout the inauguration, including during the ceremony. Employees who wish to attend the inauguration ceremony may make arrangements with their supervisor to do so.

Will shuttle service be provided?

Shuttle service will be provided from the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus and the Calabasas Campus for the inauguration ceremony and luncheon. Shuttles will depart West Los Angeles at 8:15 AM and Calabasas at 8:30 AM. For those who will attend the ceremony only, a returning shuttle for both campuses will depart Malibu at noon.  For those who plan to attend the inauguration luncheon, a second returning shuttle will depart for both campuses at 1:45 PM. Sign up for either shuttle on the Inauguration General Information page.

Will hourly employees who attend the inauguration ceremony be paid?

Yes. Hourly employees who attend the inauguration with their supervisor's consent will be paid for the duration of the inauguration ceremony.

Who is invited to the luncheon following the ceremony?

All guests who attend the ceremony are invited to attend the inauguration luncheon, which will immediately follow the ceremony in Alumni Park at no cost. Registration to attend the inauguration luncheon is requested.

Will the inauguration luncheon have food available for those with dietary restrictions?

Yes, vegetarian and gluten free options will be made available to our guests with special dietary restrictions.

What accessibility arrangements have been made?

Transportation will be available to guests with specific accessibility needs. Seating for physically challenged guests, including an area that is wheelchair accessible will be made available during the inauguration.

What is the recommended dress for the inauguration ceremony?

Business attire is recommended. Seating for both the ceremony and the luncheon will be tented.

Is there special guest seating at the inauguration ceremony?

Seating will be made available on a first come, first served basis. Alumni Park will be open for seating beginning at 8:30 AM.

Will the ceremony be streamed online?

Yes. The ceremony will be streamed via Livestream. Viewing will begin approximately 10 minutes before the ceremony begins.