Fall 2020 Commencement

Graduate and Online Undergraduate

Your commencement ceremony will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5.

Depending on final RSVP numbers everyone may be in the Bill George Arena or we may have to divide graduates and their families between two venues. Regardless, the time and number of attendees you are permitted (4) will not change. 

It is VERY IMPORTANT that you now officially RSVP for commencement NO LATER than Nov. 6!


If you do not RSVP, you will not receive tickets and will not have a spot reserved for commencement.

Regalia orders can be placed at the JBU Bookstore or at the following website: https://johnbrown.shopoakhalli.com until November 17. 

Here are some things you need to know:

  • This will most likely be a multi-venue event with graduates divided among BGA, BPAC and the Cathedral based on program. Your guests and program faculty will be assigned to the same venue as you.

  • The ceremony will be streamed to each venue with some live and some prerecorded content. President Pollard and other administration will be live in each venue for the awarding of degrees, and you will get to watch each graduate process and walk across the stage. 

  • Each graduate will be limited to four family members in attendance due to occupancy and physical distancing requirements of the ADH. We will be issuing tickets to each graduate that will be required for entry into commencement. We will mail tickets to the mailing address you provide in your RSVPThere will be no exceptions to this policy.

  • We will stream the ceremony on YouTube so that extended family, friends and other students can watch and celebrate your accomplishments.

Please note that this plan is based on current guidelines established by the Arkansas Department of Health. If ADH restrictions are significantly altered before Dec. 5, we will update you on how commencement is affected.

Again, because of the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, we would recommend that guests check airline and hotel refund policies as they make arrangements.