Prepare for Graduation

Graduation Form

All graduating students must submit a graduation form by April 30 (but no earlier than March 21). This form provides important information, such as the correct pronunciation of your name at the ceremony.

Online Loan Exit Counseling

If you borrowed a federal loan while attending Bethel, you must complete online loan exit counseling before you graduate. In early May, the Office of Financial Aid will send you details about your borrowing history, repayment options, and specific exit instructions.

Regalia (Commencement Apparel)

Your regalia will be ordered for you. Before commencement day, pick up your gown, cap, and tassel in the Campus Store during regalia pickup hours. Bring your student ID. If you qualify for honor cords, you will receive them then. Your gown, cap, tassel, and cords are yours to keep. If you have questions about regalia, email Brenda Edinger at

Press your gown with a cool iron before commencement. Recommended clothing to wear under regalia include a dress shirt and tie with dark slacks and dark shoes for men, and dress clothing and dark shoes for women. Your cap is to be worn level, not tilted to the side or to the back, with the tassel on the right side. Bethel-approved honor cords, medallions, and nursing pins are the only ornamentation that may be worn on top of your gown. Corsages, heritage stoles, jewelry, or other ornamentation may NOT be worn over your gown during the ceremony; you may wear these at the reception, however.

Diploma Requirements

You will receive a diploma cover at commencement. You will NOT receive your actual diploma. When you have met all academic requirements and other obligations to the university, the Office of the Registrar will post your degree to your transcript and mail your diploma to your permanent address. Allow 4 weeks for your diploma to arrive once your degree has been posted.

Obligations include final payments or arrangements for tuition and fees, Campus Store charges, library charges and loans, parking fines, Stafford loan exit requirements, etc. Plan now to fulfill these obligations.

Your diploma will bear your legal name (your name on the date of commencement); there are no exceptions. If you have questions about diploma requirements, if you plan to change your name shortly before commencement, or if your permanent address has changed, email

Graduation  Announcement

A news release announcing your graduation will be sent to your hometown newspaper. Your hometown newspaper is identified by the ZIP code of your permanent address. If you do not want a news release sent, or if you would like a news release sent to a different newspaper, submit a request with the Office of Communications and Marketing.


Please direct your guests to guest information. If you have questions, please email Anna Kaihoi at