Graduate School Commencement

Details & Procedures

Saturday, December 18, 2021 - Commencement Day

Saturday, December 18, 10 a.m. at the Bill George Arena. 

COVID protocols will be sent out at a later date.



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



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.

Preparation Schedule

  • Regalia orders can be placed at the JBU Bookstore or at the following website: You can place your regalia orders from September 27th – October 24th.  Orders will arrive a few weeks before commencement day.
  • To order invitations or class rings, please contact the JBU bookstore.
    For questions, please contact the Bookstore directly at 479.524.7195. 

*The cost of regalia is NOT included in the graduation fee as some students do not participate in the commencement ceremony. 

Friday, January 7, 2022
Before a student is to be considered a December 2021 graduate, official evidence of transfer credit from an outside college or university must be received on or before this date.

  • To be considered an official December 2021 graduate, we must receive documentation of completed work by January 7, 2022.
  • Diplomas will be mailed by February 15, 2022. Please check with the Business Office to make sure your account is in good standing as this may prevent your diploma/official transcript from being released.
  • Official transcripts - Official transcripts can be requested online at


There will be no commencement rehearsal. Students are to familiarize themselves with the below.

  • All graduates are to report to the Recreation Gym on the morning of Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 9:00am for instructions and processional lineup. Please leave valuables such as purses, cell phones, keys, etc. with friends or family. 
  • Undergraduate students will wear their tassel on their right side and will move it to the left side during the ceremony when Dr. Pollard confers their degree with the words "and all rights, privileges and obligations." Master's students wear their tassels on the left side of their cap throughout the ceremony. Men will remove their caps for the singing of the National Anthem, Invocation, Commencement Address, singing of the Alma Mater, and Benediction. Women will wear their caps at all times. Men will wear their caps during the processional, receiving their diploma on stage, and recessional.
  • Students will stand for the Processional, National Anthem, Invocation, Conferring of Degrees, Alma Mater, and Benediction. Students will be seated during the special music and commencement address. Student/staff marshals will assist students during the processional, ceremony and recessional.
  • When the Master of Ceremony requests the designated group of graduates to come to the platform, the first row will lead and the remaining rows will be seated. Students will approach the platform by division/program and hand their student card (the student card will be provided when you check in) to their division chair/program director. One student will stand at the top of the stairs, the remaining students will wait at the bottom of the stairs - moving up one at a time once a name is read. Each row will approach the platform when there are three (3) students on the floor at the base of the steps (from the previous row). After the student's name, degree, and applicable honors are read, the student will proceed across the platform and receive their diploma (cover) from Dr. Pollard.
  • After receiving the diploma (cover), exit the stage, stop for a picture, and then return to your row and be seated.
  • To be considered an official December 2022 graduate, documentation of all work completed must be received in the Registrar's Office by January 7, 2022. Diplomas will be mailed by February 15, 2022. Please contact the Business Office to confirm that your account is in good standing as this may prevent your diploma/official transcript from being released.


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