This commencement ceremony serves students who have completed academic requirements by the Dec or May graduation cycles. If you have any questions about which ceremony location or date to attend, please contact the Registrar’s Office. 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 are planning on graduating in May, you must submit the Graduation Application by the deadline of February 1.
Any one planning on participating in the May Commencement Ceremony must order your regalia by the deadline of March 28.
A rain or shine event
Tickets will be distributed at the mandatory rehearsal on Saturday, Sept 26 at 5:30 p.m. Each student will receive 6 ceremony tickets.
No extra tickets will be made available through Lancaster Bible Colllege | Capital Seminary & Graduate. If you want additional tickets, please check with your fellow graduates to see if they have any unused tickets from the six (6) tickets each graduate was given.
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 will be steamers available that day, but the lines to use them are long. Ideally, you can pick up your robe by the night before or sooner.
Rehearsal is at 5:30 p.m. and is required. Beyond preparing for the ceremony, this will be a time for announcements and other activities that will make your celebration go smoothly.
Yes. The rehearsal is also a time for announcements and other activities that will make your celebration go smoothly.
The ceremony starts at 7 p.m., but students need to report for line-up at 6:30 p.m.
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.
Honors stoles will be given out at 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).
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.
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 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday.
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.
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 DC location, you would attend the Washington DC 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:
If you have any questions about which ceremony location or date to attend, please contact the Registrar’s Office.