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 Graduation 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.

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.

Diplomas

Provided there is no balance on the student account and the graduate has completed the exit counseling, diplomas will be mailed shortly after graduation. Graduates should update their address at the Records office prior to graduation.

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

Tickets are not required for the Baccalaureate ceremony; overflow seating will be available at the Keene SDA Church at 114 South Fairview.  Commencement will be a ticketed event only. People without tickets to Commencement will be directed to overflow seating in the Keene SDA Church.

Regalia

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.

Schedule for May 2015 Graduation

Thursday, May 7

4:00 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 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, Keene SDA Church
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.