Bob Jones University confers degrees in May and August with only one commencement ceremony in May each year. Commencement activities are scheduled Thursday and Friday, May 8 and 9, 2014.
All prospective graduates not in residence II Semester are encouraged to participate in commencement and will receive information about commencement around mid-March. This will include a questionnaire about one’s participation to be returned to the Records Office by April 15.
Eligible prospective graduates who are in residence II Semester and are receiving their degrees in May are to participate.
Students completing degree requirements during the summer for an August degree conferral may be eligible to participate in our annual May commencement procession and should review the Procession Concession eligibility requirements. August degrees will be conferred August 29, 2014, the Friday prior to the official opening of school for the fall term.
Prospective Graduates for May or August
Prospective graduates who expect to complete all of their degree requirements by December, May or August of the current academic year must fill out a Diploma Order card with the Records Office. Students must use their full legal name.
Note: January 31 is the last day to cancel a diploma order without paying the graduation fee. Diploma changes must be made at the Records Office. Students whose conferral date is changed after February 1 will be charged a $40 reorder fee.
Women Only: Any woman who is married prior to the end of the last semester (or summer session) of her coursework for degree conferral must use her married name on her diploma. Anyone who marries between the end of her last semester (or summer session) of enrollment and degree conferral may use either her maiden name or her married name. When the married name is used, the maiden name must also be included as part of the graduate’s complete name.
Each prospective graduate will receive a Graduation Status Checklist indicating the completion or anticipated completion of degree requirements. Prospective graduates finishing in December and/or not in residence II Semester will receive one in November and an updated copy in March. All prospective graduates finishing in May or August will receive a copy in March.
Graduation fees will be billed to the student’s account and should be paid by April 15 in the Business Office, whether or not the candidate participates in commencement.
Associate Degrees — $100
Bachelor’s Degrees — $100
Master’s and Specialist Degrees — $100
Doctoral Degrees — $115
Incompletes: Students who have an outstanding incomplete in any course, including independent learning courses in progress but not completed, will not be eligible to participate in the commencement procession.
Transfer Work: All coursework taken in residence or by distance learning at another institution must be approved in advance by submitting a Transfer Work Request form at the Records Office.
For commencement, the administration does not have a special speaker but prefers to give members from the graduating class (associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates) the opportunity to share with family and visitors how the Lord has worked in their hearts during their college years. Every prospective graduate is encouraged to submit a testimony (100 words) for selection by April 1 to the Records Office.
All degree requirements must be successfully completed prior to May 9, 2014. For the purpose of marching, grades for any coursework taken from another institution must be reported to the Records Office by 5 p.m. on the Monday prior to commencement. We will accept a phone call from the school indicating satisfactory completion of the course; however, an official transcript must be received before the diploma can be released. Note: Some institutions take 3 to 4 weeks to process and report grades.
BJU wants all students finishing degree requirements to have the opportunity to participate in commencement. Since the University conducts only one commencement each year (May), some students may have completed applicable residency requirements or will complete in BJU summer session but may not have completed all of their course or checkpoint requirements by the deadline for participation in this program. Many students finishing requirements for their degree during the summer will qualify to participate before completing all degree requirements. To be considered for a Procession Concession, the student must meet the following academic criteria and be planning to complete all outstanding degree requirements prior to the August degree conferral date. Summer degrees are conferred the Friday prior to the official opening of school for the fall term.
Transfer Work Request and/or Procession Concession Application for August degree conferral must be completed at the Records Office by Friday, April 25.
Associate Degree Candidates
- Has a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
- Has completed applicable residency requirement or will complete it in the BJU summer session
- Lacks 6 or fewer hours scheduled through BJUOnline classes or another approved institution
Baccalaureate Degree Candidates:
- Has a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
- Has completed applicable residency requirement or will complete it in the BJU summer session
- Lacks 11 or fewer hours scheduled through BJUOnline classes or another approved institution
- May lack Praxis II
Master’s or Specialist’s Degree Candidates:
- Has a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (2.6 MDiv)
- Has completed applicable residency requirement
- Lacks hours scheduled through BJU or another approved institution in residence or via online class
- May lack Praxis II, MA Religion Comprehensive Exam or Portfolio (MDiv or Educational Leadership)
The following do not fulfill procession concession qualifications: independent study courses, readings courses, independent learning work (correspondence), language proficiencies or thesis/dissertation.
Before the Ceremony
The rehearsal for commencement is Friday, May 9, at 9:45 a.m. and commencement is Friday, May 9, at 2 p.m. in Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium. Eligible prospective graduates participating in commencement should plan to stay until rehearsal dismissal before 11:30 a.m. We ask that they make arrangements for work, picking up relatives, etc., so that they can attend the entire rehearsal. Regular class attire is appropriate. All out-of-town prospective graduates participating in commencement should return to Greenville no later than Thursday evening.
Each prospective graduate participating in commencement will be given five complimentary tickets at the end of the commencement rehearsal.
Seat/Marching Line Assignments: Students in residence II Semester will receive assignments in their post office boxes early on the morning of commencement day. Students should check their P.O. boxes before going to the University Awards Program. Students not in residence or with CVA/campus mail stop pick up their assignments at the Programs & Productions box office in the lobby of the amphitorium beginning at 9:15 a.m. on commencement day.
For commencement, prospective graduates should arrive in academic regalia by 1:30 p.m. in front of the Alumni Building.
The University’s Campus Store is the source for official Bob Jones University graduation announcements/invitations. Prospective graduates who will participate in our annual commencement may order graduation announcements/invitations through the Campus Store during the Graduating Student Expo or online at www.herffjones.com.
Graduating Student Expo (Riley Reception Room, Campus Store)
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 — 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 — 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Prospective graduates who do not meet the deadline for placing orders may inform family and friends of graduation through one of the following means:
- Individual handwritten announcement/invitation.
- Individual computer-generated announcement/invitation—not mass-produced by a commercial supplier.
Note that only official announcements/invitations obtained through the Campus Store or the Herff Jones website may feature the university crest or logo or indicate that the request or announcement is from the president, faculty and/or graduating class of the University. These are not to be added to handwritten or computer-generated invitations/announcements. These announcements may include the name (and degree) of a prospective graduate; therefore, name cards are not necessary.
Regalia will be distributed in the mezzanine of the amphitorium. (Enter through the Rupp Room tower entrance across from the Student Center.) Women should wear the dress shoes they plan to wear for commencement to receive the correct gown length.
Greenville Area Prospective Graduates
Thursday, May 1 — 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Friday, May 2 — 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Out-of-Town Prospective Graduates
Friday, May 9 — 8:45 to 9:30 a.m.
Friday, May 9 — Immediately after the commencement rehearsal until 12:30 p.m.
- Men: Wear white dress shirts, dark (black, charcoal gray or navy) dress pants, dark ties, black socks and black dress shoes.
- Ladies: Wear white or dark (black or navy) dresses or dark skirts with white blouses and black dress shoes. Dresses are not to be longer than one’s gown (gown hems are eight inches off the floor). Please do not wear dangling earrings, bracelets or necklaces that call attention. Hair may be worn at shoulder length or somewhat longer if styled off the face.
Please plan ahead and make arrangements to borrow clothing or shoes, if necessary. The University reserves the right to restrict any prospective graduate from participation in commencement whose personal appearance or deportment does not uphold university standards.
The only other items to be worn with the regalia costume are:
- Medallions: Undergraduate candidates who receive medallions as a BJU award recipient or an alumni legatee recipient are to wear these medallions for commencement.
- Honors Ribbons: Qualifying baccalaureate candidates will be notified concerning honors earned as well as when and where to pick up ribbons on Thursday afternoon. Students in residence II Semester, Thursday afternoon before commencement day, via campus mail; others, Friday morning of commencement day, with seat and marching line assignment.
After the Ceremony
Following commencement, please return regalia (cap, gown and hood) to the amphitorium mezzanine. Enter the tower door directly across from the Student Center. After you turn in your regalia, continue through the line until you pick up your Diploma Release Ticket (both May and August graduates); then proceed on to the diploma stations in the amphitorium lobby. All regalia must be returned by 6 p.m. on commencement day.
For your diploma to be released, your account must be cleared by the Business Office; and/or if you have received federal financial aid during your degree, you must have completed the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) Exit Counseling to complete your Load Exit Counseling requirements at www.nslds.ed.gov/nslds_SA/SaEcWelcome.do prior to your May or August conferral date.
|Conferral Month||Commencement Participation|
once regalia have been returned
|Absentia and/or August|
|Greenville area, pick up 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays (Records Office)||Outside Greenville area, mailed|
|May||Pick up after commencement until 6 p.m. (amphitorium lobby)||Beginning May 12|
|August||Turn in diploma case after commencement until 6 p.m. (amphitorium lobby)||Beginning August 29|
Each prospective graduate participating in commencement will be given five complimentary tickets at the end of the commencement rehearsal. Additional tickets are available only from other students who do not need all of their tickets. Tickets are not to be sold.
Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium will open at 1 p.m. (main entrance and tower doors opposite the Student Center and Unusual Films). Guests should arrive on campus in plenty of time to secure parking and to get to the amphitorium. Tickets are valid until 1:30 p.m. at the main entrance and guarantee seating on the main floor or reserved sections of the balcony. All guests and students without tickets will use the tower doors opposite the Student Center and Unusual Films for seating in the balcony. Individuals with children (infant to 5 years of age) may view the closed-circuit program in Levinson Hall in the Student Center.
Visitors and students should be seated by 1:45 p.m. The academic procession will move into the amphitorium at 1:55 p.m. The program will last about 2 hours and 15 minutes. Once the program has begun, no one will be admitted or readmitted in the amphitorium. Those who must leave during the program will be admitted to Levinson Hall to view the remainder of the program.
BJU.edu is offering live coverage of commencement for friends and family that are unable to join us on campus at bju.edu/live. Learn more in April at go.bju.edu/bjugrad. The week following commencement, the program will be posted on bju.edu and YouTube.com.
Wheelchair Accommodations: Guests using a wheelchair enter the tower doors at Aisle 3 (opposite Student Center) or Aisle 11 (opposite Unusual Films) and may be accompanied by another individual. No tickets will be needed for a person in a wheelchair or the one person who will be seated in a chair next to him. Tower doors will open at 12:50 p.m. for these individuals.
Hearing Impaired: Guests needing sign language interpretation enter the tower door at Aisle 3 (opposite Student Center) and will be seated on Aisle 1 Rows MM or NN. Guests may be accompanied by another individual. Note: Special tickets must be secured by the prospective graduate during the graduation rehearsal.
For prospective graduates who want to stay in a residence hall, contact the Welcome Center between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays to make a reservation (864-370-1800, ext. 4208). The cost per day includes three consecutive meals in the dining common. One must supply his own linens.