Online Undergraduate programs Commencement

Information and Procedures

 

Saturday, May 22, 2021 Commencement Day

Saturday, May 22, 2021, 4 p.m. at the Siloam Springs High School Stadium located approximately 3 miles from JBU in Siloam Springs. (In the event of heavy rain or lightning, commencement will be at Bill George Arena. We will make a weather call by the evening of Wednesday, May 19.) 

COMMENCEMENT TICKETS

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 events@jbu.edu) 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 in the coming weeks.

 

ACCESSIBILITY REQUESTS

If any of your family members have particular accessibility needs, please email Jarrod Heathcote at JHeathcote@jbu.edu.. 

 

GRADUATION CAP DECORATIONS

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 registrar@jbu.edu. If you arrive at commencement with a cap outside the guidelines, we will give you a blank replacement cap for the ceremony.

 

GRADUATION GIFT

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

February 9, 2021 – May 2, 2021

  • Regalia (cap/gown and/or masters hood), invitations or rings can be purchased through the bookstore.
  • Regalia orders can be placed at the JBU Bookstore or at the following website: https://johnbrown.shopoakhalli.com until May 2nd.
     
    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, March 19, 2021
Evidence of enrollment for any outstanding requirements must be e-mailed to Tiffany Lopez at tlopez@jbu.edu by this date.

Friday, March 19, 2021
Last day to take CLEP exams and DANTES exams and be eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony.

Friday, June 4, 2021
Before a student is to be considered a May 2021 graduate, official evidence of a transfer credit from an outside college or university must be received on or before this date.

  • To be considered an official May 2021 graduate, we must receive documentation of completed work by June 4, 2021.
  • Diplomas will be mailed by July 15, 2021. 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 www.jbu.edu/transcript.

Procedures

There will be no commencement rehearsal. Detailed procedures will be posted here as soon as the specific date and building location has been determined.  Check back soon.

  • Online 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."
  • 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 May 2021 graduate, documentation of all work completed must be received in the Registrar's Office by June 4, 2021. Diplomas will be mailed by July 15, 2021. 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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