Washington, D.C. Graduation

Graduation and Commencement Details

This commencement ceremony serves students who have completed academic requirements by the Dec or May graduation cycles. Here, you’ll find all the information you’ll need to prepare for your commencement ceremony. Share this link with your family and loved ones who may have questions about where to go and what time the festivities begin.

If you have any questions about which ceremony location or date to attend, please contact the Registrar’s Office.


Saturday, May 8, 2021

Commencement Service Held:
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Good Shepherd Chapel, 901 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA
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Did You Apply for Graduation?

If you are planning on graduating in May, you must submit the Graduation Application by the deadline.
January 15

Apply Now!

Have You Ordered Your Graduation Regalia?

Any one planning on participating in the May Commencement Ceremony must order your regalia by the deadline.
March 15

Apply Now!

Quick Links

These are the media services available for streaming on graduation day and the video/photos will be uploaded a few working days after the event.

Ceremony Live-stream Link
Commencement Video Uploaded
Graduation Photo to Download

Graduation Events

Graduates, please take note of these details for the events of graduation.

Rehearsal: 11:30 a.m.
Line up: 12:30 p.m.
Processional: 12:45 p.m.
Ceremony 1:00 p.m.

CHECKLIST – Am I ready for the Commencement Ceremony?

Before Ceremony Date – Have I…

  • Confirmed my participation in the ceremony, degree and regalia details via email?
  • Picked up my regalia [cap and gown]? (usually one week prior to ceremony)
  • Tried on gown for sizing and steamed it?
  • Packed dress clothes for the ceremony?
  • Packed Bible to carry with me in the ceremony?
  • Returned all books to the library?
  • Taken care of holds on campus, e.g. chapel fines, library fines, tuition payment, etc.?

If you have any questions about graduation or holds, please email graduationreg@lbc.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

Are tickets required for the commencement ceremony guests?

Yes, 2 tickets per graduate will be given out on the day of the ceremony.

When and where do I pick up my cap and gown?

Regalia will be distributed prior to the ceremony on May 8.

What time is rehearsal?

Rehearsal is at 11:30 am is MANDATORY. Beyond preparing for the ceremony, this will be a time for announcements and other activities that will make your entire day of celebration go smoothly.

Am I required to attend rehearsal?

Yes. The rehearsal is required.

What time is the ceremony?

The ceremony starts at 1:00 p.m., but students need to report to line up at 12:30 p.m. The Processional will begin at 12:45 p.m. Doors will open for guests at 12:30 p.m.

What should I wear to the ceremony?

Women should wear a dress or a skirt and blouse, and men should wear a dress shirt and tie. It is a formal occasion, so no sandals or flip-flops.

What is the GPA requirement for honors? When do I receive the honors?

Honors stoles will be given out at the awards event. The GPA range is: 3.50-3.74 for Cum Laude (red stole), 3.75-3.89 for Magna Cum Laude (white stole) or 3.90-4.00 for Summa Cum Laude (gold stole).

Will I keep my cap and gown? What do I need to return?

Only the rented robe needs to be returned after the ceremony. All other items given out during the day are yours to keep. When you pick up your packet of regalia, it should include your robe, your cap, a tassel with the graduation year, and where appropriate, the hood that marks your study area and degree level. Hoods are given for bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees.

Holds prevent me from receiving my actual diploma - How do I take care of a hold?

If you owe a fine at the library, if you have an academic requirement still to meet, or if you have a financial obligation related to tuition or fees, a hold is placed on your account. Holds prevent your diploma and transcripts from being released. To find out about any holds or to otherwise address them, please contact the Solution Center at 717.560.8254 or by email. The Solution Center is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday.

When will I get my diploma?

If you have no holds on your account, diplomas will be sent to you electronically on the day of graduation and then a hard copy will be mailed to you within a couple of weeks of the ceremony.

Which ceremony should I attend? Where? When?

The graduation cycles for all locations occur every December, Spring/May, and August.

WHERE – You would attend the ceremony that takes place at the hub for your studies. For example, if you were an Online Accelerated student, your “hub” is Lancaster, PA. If you are a graduate level student who lives in Philadelphia, you would actually attend the Lancaster, PA ceremony because the ceremony in Philadelphia is for undergraduate degrees. If you took all of your studies through the Washington, D.C. location, you would attend the Washington, D.C. ceremony. If you have any questions about which ceremony location or date to attend, please contact the Registrar’s Office.

WHEN – Typically, you would attend the ceremony that coincides with or follows your actual academic completion date, i.e. after your last academic requirements are met. In some cases, if completion is imminent, students may walk in the preceding ceremony and receive their diploma by mail once all is complete. Here is an outline:

  • Lancaster – May graduates walk in May. August and December grads walk in December.
  • Washington, D.C. – May graduates walk in May. August graduates may walk in preceding or following May ceremony. December graduates would walk in following May ceremony.
  • Philadelphia – June graduates walk in June. August graduates may walk in preceding or following May ceremony. December graduates would walk in following June ceremony.

If you have any questions about which ceremony location or date to attend, please contact the Registrar’s Office.

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