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Commencement Application

All students must complete their Graduation Application. The deadline for May 2020 Dcotor of Ministry applications is October 1. 2019; all other students have until February 1, 2020.


Saturday, May 16, 2020
9 a.m. 
College Avenue Baptist Church Gymnasium

All commencement participants, including graduating students, faculty and program personnel, should be present for lineup. Bring your regalia. You will carry your hood. After the ceremony, graduates will recess out of the sanctuary and back to the gymnasium for the reception.


Your regalia (cap, gown and any other applicable items) will be ordered on a separate website through our regalia provider. Ordering instructions are sent to your Bethel email after you have applied. You may keep your regalia after the ceremony.

Master's degrees: $32

Doctoral degrees $42

Press your gown with a cool iron before commencement. Your cap is to be worn level, not tilted to the side or to the back, with the tassel on the right side for undergraduate students and on the left side for graduate students. Bethel-approved honor cords, medallions, and nursing pins are the only ornamentation to be worn on top of your gown. Corsages, boutineers, leis, heritage stoles, jewelry, or other ornamentation may NOT be worn over your gown during the ceremony.

Recommended attire is dark formal dress clothes for under your gown.

Diploma Requirements

Your diploma will bear your legal name (your name on the date of commencement). There are no exceptions. If you plan to change your name shortly before commencement, contact the Office of the Registrar. 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 Registrar will post your degree to your transcript and mail your diploma to your permanent address. Allow 4 weeks for mailing after your degree is posted.

Obligations include:

  • Final Tuition Payments
  • Campus Store Charges
  • Library Charges
  • Parking Fines
  • Loan Exit Counseling (if applicable): About 1 month before you graduate, the Office of Financial Aid will send you details about your borrowing history, repayment options, and specific exit instructions. In the meantime, you can visit the National Student Loan Data System, which will provide you with information on your federal student loans.

Senior Reflections

Two students will be selected to represent their graduating class by giving a short reflection during the ceremony. 

Graduation Announcements

Formal commencement announcement cards are available for purchase from the Bethel University Campus Store.

Ceremony Photos

The seminary will contract with a professional photographer for the ceremony. Shortly after graduation, the photographer will email you proofs and ordering information.


Contact caps-sem-gs-commencement@bethel.edu