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Students are responsible to meet all graduation requirements based on their academic catalog. Degrees are awarded within one month of completion of the last degree requirement. You will be notified via email once your degree has been awarded.


Once your degree is awarded and you have no financial holds on your account, your diploma will be sent via postal mail to the address we have on file. Please notify us with any address changes after graduation by filling out the change of data form.

Undergrad (CAS) Students

Graduation Policies

Please view the catalog for all graduation policies and requirements. For questions regarding graduation requirements students should contact their Academic Advisor. For further questions contact the Assistant Registrar

Apply to Graduate

You must apply to graduate in order to walk in the commencement ceremony and graduate from Bethel, which you should do one year prior to your graduation term by following these instructions:

  1. Clear your graduation holds. 
  2. Print and review your Degree Evaluation (Understanding your Degree Evaluation). If you would like additional help understanding your Degree Evaluation, please feel free to stop by the Office of the Registrar (Townhouse M100) and one of our staff or students will walk you through the process with you. No appointment necessary.
  3. Meet with your advisor to go over Degree Evaluation and your Graduation Application (pdf). Follow the instructions on the form.
  4. Meet with the Assistant Registrar in the Office of the Registrar to be cleared for graduation.

            *Please bring:
                1. Graduation Application (pdf) (completed and signed)
                2. Degree Evaluation (filled in)
                3. Any needed Petitions 

Once you complete the process listed above, you will be put on the graduation list and can begin receiving graduation ceremony information from the Commencement Liaison in the Academic Affairs Office.


All information about commencement will be sent to your Bethel email from the Commencement Liaison. You can also review other undergraduate commencement activities on the Event Services commencement site.

Adult Undergrad and Graduate Students

Graduation Policies

Please view the catalog (Adult Undergraduate or Graduate Studies) for all graduation policies and requirements.

For questions regarding graduation requirements students should contact the Office of Student Success at or 651-635-8800.

Apply to Graduate

All CAPS and GS students who wish to commence on must complete the Commencement Application to be placed on the commencement list. 


Not sure if you're eligible to commence? Contact your Student Success Advisor.

Contact Holly Pierson at or review the commencement website with questions regarding commencement events.


Graduation Policies

Students are responsible for meeting the graduation requirements set forth in the catalog at the time of their matriculation. Students who take extended leaves of absence of four or more consecutive terms are subject to the graduation requirements set forth in the catalog at the time of their reinstatement unless written permission was obtained from the Office of the Registrar before the extended leave. 

For questions regarding graduation requirements contact the Seminary Office of the Registrar at your home campus. St. Paul:, San Diego:

Apply to Graduate

Students must sumbit an application to graduate during the fall semester of the academic year in which they anticipate graduation. Any student who fails to submit an application by February 1, will not be listed for graduation that year. St. Paul and Online students complete an online application. San Diego students complete an application available in the registrar's office.


Commencement is held in the spring of each year. Participation in graduation ceremonies is expected. Students planning to graduate in absentia should indicate their plan on the graduation application. Any changes in plans to attend commencement made after the submission of the application should be communicated to