Traditional Undergraduate Commencement

Information & Procedures

Saturday, May 22, 2021 - Commencement Day   

Saturday, May 22, 2021, 10 a.m. at the Siloam Springs High School Stadium (700 N Progress Ave, Siloam Springs, AR 72761) located approximately 3 miles from JBU in Siloam Springs. There will be no restriction on the number of family members attending.  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. Details about the rain plan can be found at

Mask Requireme
nts for Graduates

Outdoor ceremony – graduates will be required to wear masks during check-in and in the staging area.  When leaving the staging area, masks can be removed for the processional and ceremony as social distancing will be observed.

Indoor ceremony (rain plan) – masks will be required for the entire ceremony.

Check -In for Graduates

Will begin at 9am at location 2 (see map below)


Thursday, May 6, 2021

Per policy, graduating seniors must meet their chapel requirement by the date of the last chapel group, May 6.  Contact the Office of Christian Formation, 479.524.7213, if you have questions.

  • 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 – 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 Transcript Page, then click on the Transcript Request form. You may print this form and fax or mail it to our office.


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

  • All graduates are to report to the Siloam Springs High School Football Field on the morning of Saturday, May 22, 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 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.