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Commencement, as countless previous graduations have reminded students, is the beginning of life in a bigger world. It’s an opportunity for parents to watch their children become responsible adults. It’s a chance for graduates to prove that they are ready for any challenges that the world has for them. And it gives Southwestern Adventist University the means to share its mandate of developing responsible Christian citizens with society. The greatest argument for the benefits of Christian education comes in our graduates.  Here’s to you, Class of 2018!

Family and friends - Welcome to our campus! The weekend schedule and live-streaming information is linked below. Commencement is a ticketed event. Please communicate with your graduate to get those tickets. 

The Baccalaureate Service on Sabbath will also be streamed in the Keene SDA Church sanctuary located at 114 S Fairview, Keene. Overflow for the Commencement Service on Sunday will be in Wharton Auditorium, Mabee Center, located across the street from the gym. 


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 4-6, 2018.

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.

Parking/Shuttle Service

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.

Special Needs

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


Sunday, May 6, Commencement service is a ticketed event, meaning that entrance to the program is by ticket only.  (Seats cannot be saved for guests arriving later.) Guests arriving after 10:00am will be admitted only at designated breaks in the program. Overflow seating is available in Wharton Auditorium.

Follow the campus signs for parking, overflow, and shuttle services. If you need assistance, find the folks with the black cowboy hats! We're here to help you enjoy the weekend and we're so glad you've joined us!


Staff Profile

Jason Kowarsch, MA

Records Office

Alison Hill, MA

Records Office
Assistant Director

Connie Jenkins, AS

Records Office
Assist to Registrar/Admissions Assistant