Online Undergraduate programs Commencement

Information and Procedures

A Message from Dr. Pollard:

It deeply saddens me to tell you that we must postpone our Spring 2020 commencement ceremony until this fall. We know this is very disappointing for our graduates, their families and their friends. We will have an online celebration of your accomplishments on May 9, but it will not be a virtual commencement ceremony. It is important to note that your degree will be conferred as usual in May (or when your degree requirements are completed) so any plans for graduate school and jobs will not be affected by a postponement of the graduation ceremony. We will have more details about the May online celebration and the postponed fall commencement coming soon.

 

Saturday, May 9, 2020 Commencement Day

Bill George Arena

  • 12:00 PM - Doors open to Bill George Arena. There is no reserved seating.
  • 1:00 PM - All graduating students are to report to the Recreation Gymnasium in the Walton Lifetime Health Complex for instructions and processional line-up. Family and guests are not allowed in the Recreation Gymnasium.  Please leave valuables such as purses, cell phones, keys, etc. with friends or family. The Recreation Gym is not monitored or secured during the ceremony.
  • 2:00 PM - Commencement for all Graduate School and Online Undergraduate Program graduating students in the Bill George Arena.

Reception for graduates, family and guests immediately following Commencement in Simmons Great Hall.


Preparation Schedule

February 20, 2020
There will be a Graduation Fair at the JBU Rogers Center from 4:00 to 6:00pm. There will be information on class rings and information on invitation and other graduation items.

February 3 – March 31, 2020 

  • Regalia (cap/gown and/or masters hood), invitations or rings can be purchased through the bookstore.  The last day to order regalia online is March 3, 2020. Orders can be placed at the following website: https://johnbrown.shopoakhalli.com.  Orders placed after March 3, 2020 will need to be made at the JBU bookstore or by calling the bookstore at 479.524.7195. 
  • Any orders placed after March 31 will incur a $10 late fee. For question please contact the Bookstore directly at 479.524.7195. 

Friday, March 13, 2020
Evidence of enrollment for any outstanding requirements must be e-mailed to Tiffany Lopez at tlopez@jbu.edu by this date.

Friday, March 13, 2020
Last day to take CLEP exams and DANTES exams and be eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony.

Friday, May 22, 2020
Before a student is to be considered a May 2020 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 2020 graduate, we must receive documentation of completed work by May 22, 2020.
  • Diplomas will be mailed by July 15, 2020. 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 - Federal Privacy Laws state that we must require a signature from the student before we can release any document with your grades on it. If you need to order official or unofficial transcripts, please visit the Registrar Home Page, then click on the Transcript Request form.  All instructions can be found on the bottom of the form.

 

Procedures

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

  • All Graduates are to report to the Recreation Gymnasium in the Walton Lifetime Health Complex on the morning of Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 1:00 PM for instructions and processional lineup. Family and guests are not allowed in the Recreation Gymnasium. Please leave valuables such as purses, cell phones, keys, etc. with friends or family. The Recreation Gymnasium is not monitored or secured during the ceremony.
  • 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. . . receiving the diploma with their left hand and shaking hands with their right hand (right hand above left).
  • 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 2020 graduate, documentation of all work completed must be received in the Registrar's Office by May 22, 2020. Diplomas will be mailed by July 15, 2020. 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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