Graduate, Online Undergraduate Commencement

Information & Procedures


If the weather cooperates and commencement is at the Siloam Springs High School football stadium, there will not be a restriction on the number of family members attending. You can invite as many family members as you want to the outside ceremony. We believe the stadium capacity and outside venue alleviate much of the safety concerns. (Attendance is still restricted to family members, and we ask for family units to distance themselves appropriately from other family units.) We ask that attendees wear a mask into the stadium until they find their seats, and then they can remove their mask. We will make a weather call a day or two before commencement and only move the ceremony from the stadium if there is a prediction of heavy rain and lightning. 

If weather necessitates a move to JBU’s Bill George Arena, each graduate is limited to 6 family members (up from the previous four). You will receive your tickets in the next couple of weeks via USPS. (If they do not arrive by May 18, please email Please note that with six family members in attendance, physical distancing will be closer to three feet. We will require masks at all times for the audience if we have to move inside. If attendees are uncomfortable with this arrangement, they are welcome to watch the Livestream on YouTube.

More details about where to check-in, mask requirements, etc., will come from the registrar’s office in the coming weeks.


If any of your family members have particular accessibility needs, please email Jarrod Heathcote


JBU is changing our policy and allowing graduates to add positive, celebratory personalization to the top of their mortarboard as long as it follows these guidelines. If you have questions after reading the guidelines, please email If you arrive at commencement with a cap outside the guidelines, we will give you a blank replacement cap for the ceremony.


The Office of Alumni & Parent Engagement has a small gift for you following the ceremony. Please stop by the tables as you complete the recessional to pick up your gift.