Online Undergraduate programs Commencement

Information and Procedures



Saturday, May 7, 2022 Commencement Day

Saturday, May 7, 2022, 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.

Preparation Schedule

January 18th – March 20th, 2022

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

Friday, March 4, 2022
Evidence of enrollment for any outstanding requirements must be e-mailed to Tiffany Lopez at by this date.

Friday, March 4, 2022
Last day to take CLEP exams and DANTES exams and be eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony.

Friday, May 20, 2022
Before a student is to be considered a May 2022 graduate, official evidence of a any transfer credit from an outside college or university must be received on or before this date.

  • To be considered an official May 2022 graduate, we must receive documentation of completed work by May 20, 2022.
  • Diplomas will be mailed by July 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 - All transcript requests are now processed through the National Student Clearinghouse.  If you need to order official transcripts, please visit the Registrar Transcript Page


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.

  • All graduates are to report to the Recreation Gym on the morning of May 7, 2022 at 9 a.m. for instructions and processional lineup. Please leave valuables such as purses, cell phones, keys, etc. with friends or family. 
  • 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 2022 graduate, documentation of all work completed must be received in the Registrar's Office by May 20, 2022. Diplomas will be mailed by July 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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