Commencement Ceremony - Lancaster, PA

Friday, May 11, 2018 at 2 pm

This ceremony serves students who have completed academic requirements by the May graduation cycles. If you have any questions about which ceremony location or date to attend, please contact the Registrar's Office.

APPLY FOR GRADUATION

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.

LOCATION:

Good Shepherd Chapel
Lancaster Bible College
901 Eden Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601

 Click to watch the live broadcast of the ceremony on May 11.

 

ITINERARY: Friday, May 11

8:00 am - Alumni Induction/Awards Breakfast (RSVP required)
10:00 - Rehearsal (Required) in the Good Shepherd Chapel
After rehearsal - President's Reception in the Teague Learning Commons (RSVP required)
1:00 pm - All students dressed and ready for line-up in Good Shepherd Chapel
1:45  - Processional March begins
2:00 - Commencement Ceremony
3:30-4:30 - Pick up diploma. Turn in robe in Good Shepherd Chapel

EVENT REGISTRATION:

Alumni Induction Breakfast and Awards Ceremony
Your day will begin with an Alumni Induction Breakfast and Awards Ceremony in the Olewine Dining Commons. During this time, graduates will receive their honors and certain awards will be given to chosen graduates. Immediately following breakfast, the graduates will go to the chapel for practice. This breakfast is for graduates and their family members. The breakfast is free for the graduate and $5 per person for each guest; registration is necessary.

President’s Reception
President and Mrs. Teague will host a reception in the Teague Learning Commons to personally congratulate graduates and immediate family members on this milestone occasion on this milestone occasion. Light refreshments will be served. The event is complimentary but reservations are requested. Please direct questions to the Commencement@LBC.edu.

Register for the Breakfast and Reception


Ceremony Seating Tickets

In March, graduates will receive a personal invitation from the President’s Office. Following that, an email from the Registrar’s Office will be sent with instructions on how to order your tickets for the day’s events. All students may reserve up to eight (8) tickets. Extra tickets may be requested on a first come, first served basis after May 1.

Ceremony Seating Tickets

 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?
  • Reserved my tickets for the Commencement Ceremony (limit 6)?
  • RSVP’d for the Alumni Induction/Awards Breakfast?
  • RSVP’d for the President’s Reception?
  • 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

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Diploma Frames through Bookends Bookstore or by emailing bookstore@lbc.edu.

Graduation Invitations  Order Here »

Meet Our Commencement Speaker

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Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I order tickets for commencement?

Graduation tickets are limited to six tickets per graduate. Each graduate will receive an email invitation in March from the Registrar’s Office with instructions on how to order tickets. Additional tickets may be ordered on a first come, first served basis after May 1.

How many tickets may I request?

If extra tickets are needed, that request may be made after May 1 on a first come, first served basis via the Eventbrite link which will be provided to you.

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

Your regalia may be picked up at the Solution Center in the Esbenshade Lobby in Lancaster, PA 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 the night before or sooner.

What time is rehearsal?

Rehearsal is at 10 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.

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.

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 lbc.edu/graduation 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, for parking, 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 were an Online AUD 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 Greenbelt location, you would attend the Greenbelt 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.
  • Greenbelt – May graduates walk in May. August graduates may walk in preceding or following May ceremony. December graduates would walk in following May ceremony.
  • Memphis – 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 June 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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