Commencement Ceremony - Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 10 am-12 pm

This ceremony serves (undergraduate) students who have completed academic requirements in June, students who finished the previous December, and students will finish by the end of August. Graduate-level students attend the Lancaster, PA ceremony. 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 Spring graduation cycle is February 15. A $50 late fee will be charged for applications received after this deadline.


Christian Stronghold Baptist Church
4701 Lancaster Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131


 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 library fines, tuition payment, etc.?

Graduation Items for Purchase


Diploma Frames through Bookends Bookstore or by emailing

Graduation Invitations  >> Order Here

Meet Our Commencement Speaker

Pastor W. Lonnie Herndon is the Senior Pastor of Compassion Ministries which consist of both The Church of Christian Compassion in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and The First Baptist Church of Oakeola in Glenolden, Pennsylvania. Pastor  Herndon’s partner in ministry and marriage is Kim Herndon a devoted mother to their daughter Kimberly.  Pastor Herndon has become known both nationally and internationally  through television and radio broadcasts. He is committed to being a change agent not only in the church, but also in the community as he is the founder of the Community of Compassion, CDC Corporation which provides various programs to enrich the lives of those in the community.  Likewise, as a strong community activist he is a member of  many boards throughout the city of Philadelphia. In addition, Pastor Herndon is the founder and overseer of The  Compassion Covenant Fellowship of Churches consisting of over 30  churches in the Philadelphia and surrounding areas, which he provides spiritual guidance wisdom and accountability to other senior pastors.  He gives all the Glory to God and he knows that without the Lord nothing that he has done and is doing could have been accomplished. He is the embodiment of 1 Timothy 3:1-7.

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.