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  • Registration: Graduates must register online for the ceremony by April 1st. To register, click on the button below. If you do not register by the deadline, you will not be able to participate in the ceremony.
  • Tickets: Each graduate will receive 2 guest tickets. You do not need a ticket for yourself. Additional tickets may be purchased ($25 per adult, $12 per child) online and picked up at the front desk. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Tickets must be picked up at the front desk at AIMC by noon the Thursday before graduation, or can be retrieved from Will Call the day of the ceremony.
  • Cap/Gown: Please indicate your measurements during the registration process. You will be notified when caps and gowns are ready for pick-up.
  • Ceremony: Check-in for graduates begins at 12:30pm. Grads should arrive at the venue no later than 1:00pm
  • Nominations: During registration you will be asked to nominate one faculty member and one fellow graduate to speak at the ceremony
  • Still have questions? Check out the graduation FAQ section or email the Director of Student Services



  • Faculty and staff who are not participating in the ceremony, but wish to attend should contact the Director of Student Services in order to obtain a complimentary ticket.
  • Regalia: Faculty planning to attend and participate in the ceremony will be sitting on stage and wearing traditional regalia at the ceremony. These faculty members need to submit their regalia/gown measurements to the Director of Student Services by April, 15th.
  • Tickets: Additional tickets may be purchased ($25 per adult, $12 per child) online and picked up at the front desk. Tickets will not be sold at the door.



  • Current students and alumni are welcome to attend the ceremony and reception, but must have a ticket to attend. Tickets may be purchased ($25 per adult, $12 per child) online and picked up at the front desk. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

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Yikes, I missed the registration deadline. What do I do?

Contact Robbyn Kawaguchi immediately to inform her that you missed the deadline, but still would like to participate. The registration deadline was set to meet vendor deadlines in regards to shipping and production times. If it is still possible to add you to the participant list, you will be responsible for any additional charges resulting from the late registration (i.e. additional/expedited shipping fees, printing adjustment charges, etc.)


I don't see a place to enter my cap size in the registration section

The caps that come with your gowns are “Sure-Fit,” which is intended to be one-size-fits-all. If your cap is too tight, you can gently snip the elastic on the back of your cap with a pair of scissors. We recommend securing your cap to your head with bobby pins.


I cannot make it to campus before the ceremony to pick up my gown and/or guest tickets. Can you mail them to me?

Unfortunately, gowns and tickets can not be mailed. However, you are more than welcome to have someone else pick them up for you. Any gowns or guest tickets not picked up by the Thursday before the ceremony will be brought to the ceremony site. You can then retrieve your cap/gown, and tickets the day-of.


Is there a limit to the number of guests I can have?

There is no limit, as long as you have a ticket for everyone age 5 and above. Additional tickets can be purchased from the graduation page on the website. Ticket availability is on a first come, first served basis


Is there a rehearsal?

There is no rehearsal. You will received basic procession/seating instructions via email and with your cap and gown. Please review these ahead of time. It is also important you arrive at the ceremony site between 12:30 and 1:00 so you are present for any additional instructions


How long is the graduation?

The ceremony starts at 1:30pm and typically lasts about an hour. The reception following the ceremony should wind down around 4:30 – 5:00 pm.


Will food and beverages be served?

Beverages and light appetizers will be served buffet-style at the reception.


What is the parking situation?

The hotel charges $18 for parking (for up to 3 hours). However, there is free parking across from the hotel, along Marina Blvd.


Do I need to return my cap and gown?

Your cap, gown, and hood do not need to be returned after the ceremony. They are yours to keep.


Will professional graduation photos be taken for purchase?

Graduates do not take individual professional portraits. We typically have volunteer photographers who capture the ceremony & reception, and who take a snapshot of each graduate as he/she receives their diploma. There is also a group photo taken after the ceremony. You can certainly ask one of the photographers to take an individual, family, or other group shot before the ceremony or during the reception. Digital copies of the photos taken by volunteer photographers are available to graduates free of charge. We occasionally may hire a professional photographer for marketing purposes.  Shots taken by the professional photographer may require a fee to purchase.


How do I find out who the student and faculty speakers are?

About a month before graduation, graduates will receive an email informing them who they selected to speak


I am not going to participate in the ceremony. Do I still have to pay the graduation fee?

The graduation fee is mandatory and covers all applicable costs related to program completion, including administrative fees, transcript processing, diplomas, and ceremony costs. The charge cannot be itemized, and does not simply apply to costs applied to the ceremony, but rather to all costs related to the degree completion. The graduation fee is listed on the enrollment agreement students sign upon admission.


I am enrolled in the 4 year dual degree DAIM program and receive a Masters and Doctorate degree. Do I participate in graduation twice?

No. Students who enroll in the 4 year dual degree DAIM program will participate in the graduation ceremony at the completion of their DAIM.  Once all masters-level requirements are met, they will be awarded a Masters Degree (as indicated on their transcript), but they do not participate in graduation until completion of their doctoral requirements.  For these students, masters diplomas are not automatically issued, but can be ordered for a $50 fee (plus shipping costs).



Questions about the graduation ceremony can be directed to Robbyn Kawaguchi


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"One of my favorite things about AIMC is the sense of community. We come together to support each other through challenges. Instead of a sense of competitiveness between students, there is a caring community that lifts everybody up. The faculty and staff are approachable and provide wonderful support during your graduate journey."

- Master’s Student
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