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 Olewine Dining 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 Olewine Dining 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 the first week of April, graduates will receive an email from Eventbrite with their 6 ceremony tickets. Please email events@lbc.edu with questions about your tickets. All guests must have a ticket regardless of age, except for infants in carriers that will not occupy a seat. Live streaming is provided on campus for guests without a ticket.

 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?
  • Received my 6 tickets for the Commencement Ceremony?
    • In the first week of April, graduates will receive an email from Eventbrite with their 6 ceremony tickets. Please email events@lbc.edu with questions about your tickets.
  • 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

diploma-frame

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

Graduation Invitations  Order Here »

Meet Our Commencement Speaker

Steve Wilson, Regional Director of Donor Relations for Compassion International

LBC | Capital is pleased to welcome Steve Wilson as our commencement speaker and to present him with an honorary doctorate degree today. Wilson serves as the Regional Director of Donor Relations for Compassion International, an organization that advocates for children in impoverished countries all over the world by connecting them with sponsors – or, as they say, “Releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name.”

In the past, Wilson worked at AT&T as the Director of AT&T Broadband Network Solutions West Region and at Digital Equipment Corporation as Director of Finance and Accounting Business Systems Consulting Group and Senior Auditor for Financial, Operational, and CEO Special Request Audits.

Wilson holds two bachelor’s degrees from Northwest Nazarene University and University of Colorado, along with a graduate certificate in Complex Business Strategies from Babson College. Wilson first became connected to LBC | Capital through the college’s ongoing relationship with Compassion and the Pastor’s Discipleship Network in Uganda, which is headed up a former Compassion child and current student in LBC | Capital’s doctoral program.

Currently, Wilson resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife, Janice. He has two grown children, Austin and Megan. He also has been a board member of Trinity Church of the Nazarene for 12 years. “My greatest joy is in knowing Jesus, and sharing life with my wonderful family, incredible friends and ministry colleagues,” said Wilson. “I especially cherish having the privilege to serve at a ministry where witnessing children escape the chains of poverty, and become all that God intended them to be, brings a measure of joy and satisfaction indescribable and unparalleled. It’s where you know in the deepest regions of your heart and soul that what is being accomplished truly matters, and child at risk is being rescued. In such pursuits, the world can become a better place, and is becoming a better place, one child at a time.”


Frequently Asked Questions

Hide All

Show All

How will I receive my tickets for commencement?

In the first week of April, graduates will receive an email from Eventbrite with their 6 ceremony tickets. Please email events@lbc.edu with questions about your tickets.

How many tickets may I request?

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.

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.


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.