Traditional Undergraduate Commencement

Information & Procedures

Saturday, December 15, 2018 - Commencement Day    

  • 8:30am - Doors open to the Bill George Arena. There is no reserved seating.
  • 9:00 am – 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.
  • 10:00 am - Commencement for all graduating traditional undergraduate students in the Bill George Arena.


Preparation Schedule

Sunday, December 2, 2018
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.

February 15 – March 30, 2018
Dates to order graduation regalia at the bookstore. After March 30th, a $10 late fee will be incurred. For questions, please contact the bookstore directly at 479-524-7195.

October 23, 2018
There will be a graduation fair on October 23rd from 10:00am to 2:00pm in front of the JBU bookstore. There will be information about class rings, invitations, other graduation items. 

  • To be considered an official December 2018 graduate, we must receive documentation of completed work by January 11, 2019.
  • Diplomas will be mailed by February 15, 2019. 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.


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, December 15, 2018 at 9:00am 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.
  • 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 2018 graduate, documentation of all work completed must be received in the Registrar's Office by January 11, 2019. Diplomas will be mailed by February 15, 2019. 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.