Traditional Undergraduate Commencement

Information & Procedures

Saturday, December 18, 2021 - Commencement Day   

COVID protocols will be sent out at a later date.

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Deadline for graduating seniors to complete chapel requirements, which must be met to participate in commencement.  Contact the Office of Christian Formation, 479.524.7213, if you have questions.

September 27th – October 24th, 2021

Regalia orders can be placed at the JBU Bookstore or at the following website: https://johnbrown.shopoakhalli.com. Orders will arrive a few weeks before commencement day.  

There will be a graduation fair on October 25th and 26th from 10:00am to 3:00pm in front of the JBU bookstore. There will be information about class rings, invitations, other graduation items. You can also place orders online at https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1002725/John-Brown-University/

Please contact the Bookstore directly at 479.524.7195 if you have questions about ordering graduation regalia.  For questions about invitations and class rings, please contact Jostens at 1-800-854-7464.

  • 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 – All transcript requests are now processed through the National Student Clearinghouse.  If you need to order official transcripts, please visit the Registrar Transcript Page

Procedures

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."
  • 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 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 December 2021 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.