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Undergraduate Student Information

Commencement Form

All graduating students must submit their commencement application to participate in commencement.

Regalia

Your regalia (cap, gown, and honors cords if applicable) will be ordered for you and is yours to keep. Before commencement day, pick up your cap, gown, and honors cords (if applicable) in the Campus Store during store hours. Please bring your student ID. If you have questions about your regalia, contact Brenda Edinger at b-edinger@bethel.edu in the Campus Store.

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. 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 and dark dress shoes.

Commencement Lineup

There is no rehearsal for the commencement ceremony. Instead, you will receive important instructions at graduate lineup. Please arrive at the RC Gym at least 45 minutes prior to your ceremony wearing your regalia. A valuables check for purses, phones, etc. will be available. You will be assigned to a specific row and place in line. Shortly before the ceremony start time marshals will lead you from the RC Gym into Benson Great Hall. If you think you are unable to walk this route, email Alyssa Hessler at a-hessler@bethel.edu to arrange accommodations.

You will be seated with others in your major in the center section on the main floor of Benson Great Hall. At the end of the ceremony, marshals will dismiss the platform personnel, faculty, and then graduates. Guests will be dismissed after the graduates and directed to meet you in the Brushaber Commons for the reception.

Diploma and Academic 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 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.
  • On-Campus Housing Cancellation: If you live in Bethel Housing, contact Residence Life to cancel your lease.

Photography and Videography

Photography and videography are permitted in Benson Great Hall for brief timeframes. Guests should quickly return to their seat after taking photos of their graduate to free up the aisle for other guests. Tripods are not allowed; monopods are permitted. A professional photographer will take individual photos of graduates as they receive their diploma cover on stage during the ceremony. To order your photo, visit www.pictureplace.com, click Find My Photos on the right side and search for event name "Bethel" or call 651.426.0232. A videographer will record each ceremony, a free download of the video is available on Bethel iTunesU within a few weeks of the ceremony.

Announcements

Formal commencement announcement cards are available for purchase in the Campus Store.

Questions?

Email Alyssa Hessler at a-hessler@bethel.edu