Honoring God at Graduation

The graduation ceremonies at Southwestern Adventist University are both formal academic ceremonies and religious services. We want to honor the graduates on this joyous occasion, but even more we want to honor God.

A Family Event

Commencement Services are a time for celebration and commemoration by graduates, as well as their friends and families.

Overjoyed

Faculty and staff members rejoice in the success of their students, and are eager to wish them well during graduation ceremonies.

Appropriate Dignity

We require that all participants in the services behave with appropriate dignity.

Graduation

For Faculty, Staff, Emeriti

Faculty and staff should have their regalia already. If you  are missing anything, please contact Jason Kowarsch.

Schedule for May 2016 Graduation

Friday, May 6

10:00 a.m. Practice, Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium
 
All graduates are required to attend practice. Candidates for graduation are asked to locate their seats by 10:00 a.m. The chairs will be marked accordingly.

8:00 p.m. Senior Consecration, Keene SDA Church
Church attire – Faculty do not march

Sabbath, May 7

10:15 a.m. Sabbath School, Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium
Faculty do not march.
 
11:00 a.m. Assemble for marching, Mabee Center
11:30 a.m. Baccalaureate Service, Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium
Faculty march in full regalia.

Sunday, May 8

9:30 a.m. Assemble for marching, Mabee Center
10:00 a.m. Commencement, Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium
Faculty march in full regalia


  1. March double file down the center aisle following the processional* order.
  2. Men remove caps for each prayer; replace after prayer.
  3. At the close of the program, follow recessional* order. Stay in line and march all the way up to the area between the cafeteria and Pechero Hall for the reception.
  4. Return regalia to the Records office by 5 p.m. May 14. There will be a charge for unreturned regalia.
  5. Tickets are required for faculty or staff not marching.

* Order of Processional and Recessional

Processional

  • Grand Marshal
  • Platform Personnel
  • Trustees/Emeriti
  • Faculty
  • Class Sponsors
  • Class Officers
  • Honors Students
  • Class
  • Grand Marshal

Recessional

  • Grand Marshal
  • Platform Personnel
  • Trustees/Emeriti
  • Faculty
  • Class Officers
  • Honors Students
  • Class
  • Class Sponsors
  • Grand Marshal