Graduation Class Information
Candidates for graduation are strongly encouraged to attend all class meetings. For more information, contact the graduating class advisor, Ms. Davita Bonner at 481-2143, or visit the website http://www.cookman.edu/academics/graduation/index.html.
Academic convocations are solemn and sacred affairs; therefore, all attendees should remain until the ceremonies are over. The attire that is worn and the behavior of participants must lend dignity to these occasions. Candidates for graduation will be required to wear appropriate regalia to participate in both ceremonies (Excerpt from the Ceremony Etiquette for Academic Convocations, 9/2007).
The Service of Consecration for Graduates is a sacred worship experience of consecration. It is a time when we ask God to anoint and bless our graduates. Bethune-Cookman University is a church-affiliated institution and was founded by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune on her principles of faith in God. All candidates for graduation (master's and bachelor degrees) should assemble one hour prior to the ceremony in the lobby of the Gross Science Building Annex wearing academic regalia (caps and gowns). The candidates will march into the Gertrude Hotchkiss Heyn Chapel (White Hall) at the direction of the University Marshal.
Faculty members must wear academic regalia, arrive, and sit in the designated area one half hour before the ceremony.
Candidates should be mindful of the dress code: Ladies - black or dark dresses, and black dress shoes; Men-white shirt, black or dark blue tie, black or dark pants, and black dress shoes. The University does not permit decorations to be worn on the academic regalia. Candidates are requested to inform guests attending the service that they should be seated 15 minutes before the event begins. Guests should not leave the auditorium until the entire ceremony is over. Leaving causes disruption and noise which disturbs others. The doors will be closed if we reach seating capacity in the auditorium.
At the end of the Service of Consecration, the platform guests, faculty, and candidates will march to the gravesite of our founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, for a Candlelight Wreath Laying Ceremony. In the event of rain, the wreath laying ceremony will be held inside the Heyn Chapel.
Commencement is a formal ceremony to celebrate the candidates' commissioning into a new mission (undertaking) of life. Only those candidates who have completed ALL requirements (including clearing financial obligations) for graduation at Bethune-Cookman University may participate. Bethune-Cookman University seeks to develop graduates who are honorable, democratic citizens capable of making worthwhile contributions to society. The University expects its graduates to uphold the highest moral and ethical standards set forth by our founder Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune by practicing self-discipline throughout the graduation activities. Graduating students are still accountable for their behavior.
Parking will be provided at several locations near and around campus. The University will provide shuttle service from parking lots to the Bethune Performing Arts Center.