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Commencement Ceremony - Greenbelt, MD

Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 2 pm

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

 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.



9:00 am - Practice - required for all graduates
11:00 - Alumni Induction and Awards Ceremony & Luncheon (RSVP required)
1:15 pm - line up in for Processional
2:00  - Processional begins


Alumni Induction\Awards Ceremony and Luncheon (RSVP required)
Following graduation practice, you are invited to join your fellow alums, your academic department, and your alma mater for the Alumni Induction Luncheon and Awards Ceremony. During this time, graduates will be inducted into the LBC Alumni Association, and welcomed into their respective Academic Alumni Network by their Department Chair. Graduates will also receive honors and if applicable, certain awards will be given to chosen graduates. This luncheon is exclusively for the graduate and one guest.

RSVP for Ceremony & Luncheon

 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?
  • RSVP’d for the Alumni /Awards Luncheon?
  • 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

John Jenkins Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr. has been preaching the gospel since he became a licensed minister in 1973 at just 15 years old. From an early age, he developed a love for the Lord and felt a call to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. He holds an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Southern California School of Ministry in Inglewood, California and currently serves as the pastor of First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Landover, Maryland. The church’s weekly services are livestreamed and reach thousands of viewers each week. In addition to Jenkins’ responsibilities as a pastor, he is also the founder of founded SHABACH! Ministries, a non-profit that offers social services and spiritual resources to the community. He is married to Trina, and together, they have six children and one granddaughter.

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 Thursday, May 11 or sooner.

What time is rehearsal?

Rehearsal is at 9 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 2 pm, but students need to report for line-up at 1 pm. The Processional will begin at 1:45 pm. Guests will be allowed into the sanctuary at 12 noon.

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 Alumni Breakfast or the rehearsal, as applicable. 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.


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