Online Undergraduate programs Commencement

Information and Procedures


Saturday, December 5, 2020 Commencement Day

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2:00 p.m. in the Bill George Arena. (Limited attendance) More details

Preparation Schedule

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

  • 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.comuntil November 17th for Online students.  
    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, October 16, 2020
Evidence of enrollment for any outstanding requirements must be e-mailed to Tiffany Lopez at by this date.

Friday, October 16, 2020
Last day to take CLEP exams and DANTES exams and be eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony.

Friday, January 15, 2021
Before a student is to be considered a December 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 December 2020 graduate, we must receive documentation of completed work by January 15, 2021.
  • Diplomas will be mailed by February 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 - 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.



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 December 2020 graduate, documentation of all work completed must be received in the Registrar's Office by January 15, 2021. Diplomas will be mailed by February 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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