Schedule for May 2015 Graduation
Thursday, May 74:00 p.m. Practice, Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium
All graduates are required to attend practice. Candidates for graduation are asked to locate their seats by 4:00 p.m. The chairs will be marked accordingly.
Friday, May 88:00 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 910:15 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 109:30 a.m. Assemble for marching, Hagan Hall (Nursing building).
10:00 a.m. Commencement, Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium
Cap & gown required of all candidates.
Graduation Ceremonies - General Information
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. We require that all participants in the services behave with appropriate dignity. This year’s ceremonies will take place May 8-10, 2015.
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.
Provided there is no balance on the student account and the graduate has completed the exit counseling, diplomas will be mailed four to six weeks after graduation. Graduates should update their address at the Records office prior to graduation.
Shuttle services to the gymnasium from satellite parking areas will be available during the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies.
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.
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.
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.
Order regalia at www.cbgrad.com. If you have any questions, please contact Jason Kowarsch (jasonk[at]swau.edu) or go by his office in the Findley Administration building.