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Undergraduate Student Information


Your regalia (cap, gown, and honors cords if applicable) will be available in the Campus Store beginning Monday before Commencement during store hours. No need to pre-order and it is yours to keep. Please bring your student ID. Additional questions about your regalia can be directed to the Campus Store at campus-store@bethel.edu.

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, boutonnieres, leis, heritage stoles, jewelry, or other ornamentation may NOT be worn over your gown during the ceremony.

Students may choose to wear a heritage stole at commencement to celebrate their cultural heritage (e.g. African, Latinx, Native American, Asian). Stoles must be no wider than 5 inches and no longer than 72 inches from end to end. The heritage stoles should not include words or numbers. Bethel does not provide heritage stoles; students can order them from a number of vendors.

Veteran’s and active duty military may also where stoles. Stoles must be no wider than 5 inches and no longer than 72 inches from end to end. Veterans’/active duty stoles may include the name of the branch of service and the official symbol of their branch of service. No additional words, numbers, badges or patches may be included. Bethel does not provide veterans’ stoles; students can order them from a number of vendors.

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 Jodie Bunish at j-bunish@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. The videos will be available on demand within a few weeks of the ceremony.


Formal commencement announcement cards are available for purchase in-person or onlinin the Campus StoreThey are sold in packages of 10 for $19.99.


Email cas-commencement@bethel.edu with any questions.