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

This year's ceremonies will take place in May, 2014. We require that all participants in the services behave with appropriate dignity.

Graduation

For Family, Friends and Guests

 

The graduation ceremonies at Southwestern Adventist University are both formal academic ceremonies and religious services. We want to honor the candidates for graduation on this joyous occasion, but even more we want to honor God. We require that all participants in the services behave with appropriate dignity. This year’s ceremonies will take place on May 8-10, 2015.

Calendar of Events for May 2015 Graduation

All programs begin promptly at the designated times. Please plan to arrive early as seating may be limited in some of the venues.

Thursday, May 7

4:00 p.m. Practice, Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium

 
All graduates are required to attend practice.
 

Friday, May 8

8:00 p.m. Senior Consecration, Keene SDA Church
Church attire is required
 
9:30 p.m. Reception, Meadows Gallery, Chan Shun Centennial Library
For candidates and their families
 

Sabbath, May 9

10:15 a.m. Sabbath School, Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium
11:00 a.m. Assemble for marching, Hagan Hall (Nursing building)
11:30 a.m. Baccalaureate Service, Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium
Cap & gown required of all candidates
 

Sunday, May 10

9:30 a.m. Assemble for marching, Hagan Hall (Nursing building)
10:00 a.m. Commencement, Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium
Cap & gown required of all candidates
 
A reception for the candidates for graduation and their guests will follow on the lawn between the Committee of 100 Cafeteria and Pechero Hall.

Common Courtesy

Confetti, air horns, and silly string must not be used in the Leiske-Pultar Gym or the Keene Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Guests are not to bring placards or signs to the ceremonies.

Under no circumstances are guests to stand on seats, thus blocking views of the ceremony.

Fire regulations forbid anyone to congregate or sit on the stairs or in the aisles.

Only the official photographer and other photographers employed by the University may take photographs in the roped-off area at the front of the auditorium.

Video tripods cannot block aisles.

Dress and Decorum

All University policies regarding dress are in effect for these weekend services. Southwestern requires that graduates not wear jewelry or carry anything other than a diploma case while participating in these programs. Graduates are expected to wear shoes. (No one will be allowed to march in flip-flops or barefoot.) No messages or pictures may be attached to graduation regalia, though flowers are acceptable. We also expect graduates to refrain from disrupting the processional or the distribution of diplomas with personal demonstrations.

Parking/Shuttle Service

Shuttle services to the gymnasium from satellite parking areas will be available during the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies.

Photos

To ensure that all students have a good photograph of the moment when they receive their diploma, the University has arranged for a professional photographer to take pictures. A few days after graduation, one free 5x7 watermarked print will be sent to each graduate. Additional photos may be ordered at that time.

Special Needs

Guests with special needs may telephone Silvia Collins in the Academic Administration office at (817) 202-6211 or email her at silviac(at)swau.edu. An accessible section with a good view is reserved for guests in wheelchairs along with one attendant.

Tickets

To ensure that family members have priority seating for Commencement, we are issuing six “First Access” passes to each graduate. These passes give entrance to the gym from 9:00 to 9:30 (Seats cannot be saved for guests arriving later). At 9:30 “First Access” passes will no longer be honored. Guests without access passes may be admitted at 9:30, as long as seats are available. Guests arriving after 10:00 will be admitted only at designated breaks in the program, as long as seats are still available. Overflow seating will be available in Wharton Auditorium.

Contact Information

For questions regarding any of this information, guests may call Susan Grady at (817) 202-6202 or Silvia Collins at (817) 202-6211.