Commencement Ceremony - Greenbelt, MD

Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 10 am

This ceremony serves Greenbelt students who have completed academic requirements in May, students who finished the previous December, and students who will finish by the end of August. If you have any questions about which ceremony location or date to attend, please contact the Registrar's Office.


The deadline to apply for the May graduation cycle is February 15. A $50 late fee will be charged for applications received after this deadline.


Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church
610 Rhode Island Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20002

 Click to watch the live broadcast of the ceremony on May 12.

Parking at the Church: There is parking near the church, but if you would prefer using the Metro, the church is located directly across the street from the Rhode Island Avenue Station on the Red Line.



8:15 am - Practice - required for all graduates
9:15 - line up for Processional
10:00  - Processional begins

Additional Event:

Alumni Induction & Award's Ceremony Luncheon
May 10 @ 11 am, at the Museum of the Bible

This is an open invitation to the Graduate and 1 guest. Watch your email for more details from Dr. Black.

Register Here

 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 ironed 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 contact the Solution Center at 717.560.8254 or by email. The Solution Center is open from 8 am-5 pm Monday-Thursday and 8 am-4 pm on Friday.

Graduation Items for Purchase


Diploma Frames through Bookends Bookstore or by emailing

Graduation Invitations  Order Here»

Meet Our Commencement Speaker

Reverend Dr. A. Michael Black, Site Director and Dean of the Greenbelt Location

Reverend Dr. A. Michael Black serves as the Dean and Site Director for Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary and Graduate School at the Greenbelt, Maryland location. His calling in life became crystallized when he delivered his first sermon at Bethesda Baptist Church in July, 1982. Rev. Black was officially licensed to preach the gospel on January 9, 1983 under Reverend Dr. John D. Bussey and was ordained on November 10, 1984.

Rev. Black recognized his need to be thoroughly equipped to further his calling. He continued his training at Washington Bible College in Lanham, Maryland and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Pastoral Ministry. He continued his studies at Palmer Theological Seminary (Formerly Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated with a Master of Theological Studies in Christian Faith and Public Policy. Rev. Black has done doctoral studies at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DE in the Leadership Excellence Program. He was honored with an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree in April 2005.

Before coming to be site director of the LBC | Capital Greenbelt location, Rev. Black served as a pastor to various churches. In addition, he has served in multiple leadership roles including as President of the Missionary Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Washington, DC and Vicinity, Adjunct Professor at Washington Bible College, Member of the Board of Directors for the Baptist Convention of Washington, DC and Vicinity, and Dean of the Baptist Educational Congress of Washington, DC and Vicinity.

Reverend Black is married to Angli (Sampson), has 3 children -Michael, Letitia, and Joshua, and is a proud grandfather. In all of his work and ministry, he endeavors to be true to his favorite verse of scripture; “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58 NKJV).

Frequently Asked Questions

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Are tickets required for the commencement ceremony guests?

No. There is ample seating at this facility.

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

Your regalia may be picked up at the reception desk in TLC II beginning the week before the ceremony. If you are not able to pick it up early, we will have it available for you at the rehearsal. There are usually ironing stations set up to use that day, but the lines to use them are long. Ideally, you can pick up your robe by 7 pm on the Thursday before graduation or sooner.

What time is rehearsal?

Rehearsal is at 8:15 am and is required. 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 also a time for announcements and other activities that will make your entire day of celebration go smoothly. Also, be advised that guests are asked not to spend the day with you, as the rehearsal, the briefing and luncheon is limited to the graduates and designated LBC staff. 

What time is the ceremony?

The ceremony starts at 10 pm, but students need to report for line-up at 9:15 pm. The Processional will begin at 9:45 pm. Guests will be allowed into the sanctuary an hour before the service.

Where can I find the live video stream link for the ceremony?

The live video stream link for the ceremony is accessible HERE on the day of the ceremony and will be archived on at after the ceremony as well as LBC's Youtube channel.

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 am-5 pm Monday-Thursday, 8 am-4 pm on Friday.

When will I get my diploma?

If you have met all academic requirements and have no holds on your account, you will be able to pick up your diploma directly after the ceremony, as you turn in your robe. Otherwise, diplomas will be shipped to you at the address given in your Application for Graduation, once the holds are cleared.

Which ceremony should I attend? Where? When?

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

WHERE – You would attend the ceremony that takes place at the hub for your studies. For example, if you are an AUD or graduate level student residing in the Washington, DC metro area, your “hub” is Greenbelt, MD. If you have any questions about which ceremony location or date to attend, please contact your advisor or 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. Ceremony assignments for Greenbelt students are as follows:

  • May graduates walk in May.
  • August graduates may walk in preceding or following May ceremony.
  • December graduates would walk in following May ceremony or ask special permission to walk in the December ceremony in Lancaster.

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

Lancaster Bible College|Capital Seminary & Graduate School is an equal opportunity institution that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex (except where sex is a bona fide occupational qualification), ancestry, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, admission to and enrollment with the College.