Graduation Application

Graduation for the 2019-2020 Academic Year will occur on May 16, 2020. Students desiring to graduate in May 2020 must submit a Graduation Application and Fee by December 13, 2019, to the Student Accounts Office. Students must submit completed forms to the Registrar Assistant after making payment. Graduation Applications submitted after the due date will be assessed an $85 Late Fee. No Graduation Applications will be accepted after January 31, 2020.

Graduation applications are available in the Registrar’s Office or can be downloaded on the Student Forms page.

Federal Student Loans Exit Counseling

If you have ever received a federal student loan, you are required to complete Exit Counseling on the NSLDS website. After completing the exit counseling, please schedule an appointment with the Director of Financial Aid.

Final Grades

Professors are required to submit final grades for graduating students by May 1. Please touch base with your professors at the beginning of the semester concerning due dates for your coursework.

Graduate Survey

Each candidate for graduation will receive an email during the Spring semester concerning the Graduate Survey. Please take the time to complete the survey by May 1.

Graduation Fair

Graduation Fair will take place Monday, March 9, 10:00AM – 1:00PM, in the Coffee Shop. You will have an opportunity to order announcements, custom diploma frames, and class rings.

Important Due Dates During Spring Semester

Mission Practicum Account Paid in Full May 1 Martha Batts
Complete Graduate Survey May 1 Winston Hottman
Federal Student Loans Exit Counseling May 1 Jimmy Criswell
Housing Account Paid in Full May 1 Josiah Presley
Library Account Paid in Full May 1 Valeri Knighten
Return Criswell & TexShare Library Books May 1 Valeri Knighten
Student Account Paid in Full May 1 Donna Ward


Graduation FAQ

When will the ceremony be held?

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Where is the ceremony held?

The ceremony will take place in Ruth Chapel.

What time do graduates need to be at the college?

Arrive no later than 1:00 p.m.

Where do graduates need to go?

Go to Horner Hall.

What time does graduation begin?

The ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m.

How long is the ceremony?

Each commencement varies, but you should plan for an hour and a half ceremony.

Where do we park?

Parking is available in the College parking lot on Bird Street. Students will be notified of other approved parking locations at Dress Rehearsal. Please do not park in the Bank of America parking lot; cars will be towed.

What are the seating arrangements?

Auditorium seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis and begins at 1:00 p.m.  Graduates are not limited in the number of guests they can invite.

Is handicapped seating available?

Yes. Ushers will be able to guide guests to those seats.

Are there any dress requirements for dress rehearsal and commencement?

Yes. Dress shirt, tie, slacks, and dress shoes for men. Dress or a blouse with slacks/skirt and dress shoes for women. No flip-flops or tennis shoes.

Will there be a photographer to take pictures?

Yes. A photographer from Heirloom Portraits will be at rehearsal to take class photos and individual photos. He will also be at commencement to take photos, including one of you receiving your diploma from the President.

How do I order pictures?

Approximately one week after commencement, you will receive an email with the link to the photographer’s website where you can view and order photos.

When is dress rehearsal?

Friday, May 15, 2020

What time is dress rehearsal?

Graduates need to be in Horner Hall at 9:45 a.m. for check-in.  Rehearsal will be from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Do I have to attend dress rehearsal?

Yes. All graduates participating in commencement must be at rehearsal.

What happens at dress rehearsal?

You will receive information about the ceremony and walk through the program. You will receive your regalia and the class photo will be taken. You will also have the opportunity to have individual photos taken.

Where can I pick up my regalia?

You will receive your regalia at dress rehearsal.

Do I need to bring anything to dress rehearsal?

No. You do not need to bring anything, but you must be in compliance with the dress code.