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Commencement Information

Schedule of Events

Commencement Rehearsal: Friday, May 1, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in Dinwiddie Chapel

Baccalaureate: Friday, May 1, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. (line up in Dinwiddie Chapel at 5:30 p.m.)

Commencement: Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. (Graduates line up in Dinwiddie Chapel at 9:00 a.m.)

Graduation is a time full of friends, family, fun and - if you're not careful - stress! But before you go panicking out about all the deadlines and requirements, let us shoulder some of the load.

The Commencement Website is your resource for all things graduation. Along the navigation section to your left, you will find everything you need for a memorable graduation -- from information on participation in Graduate Salute to diploma information.

Can't find what you're looking for? Let us know by sending an email through the contact page.

It's important to note a few pieces of important information on the welcome page:

Speaker: Assad Meymandi, MD, PhD, DLFAPA (Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association) - link to full news release found here.

Attendance:  There is no limit to the number of guests you may invite to either Baccalaureate or Commencement. However, seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. In an effort to be equitable, "reserved seat" signs on the chairs are not permitted. Thank you for your cooperation.

Diploma Options: Students have a choice whether they want a diploma from Peace College or William Peace University or both. Additionally, a student may order graduation announcements and/or their class ring with the same option. 

In order to participate in graduation exercises, you must:

  • Submit a Graduation Application to the Office of the Registrar by February 15
  • Complete all admission requirements
  • Complete all graduation requirements for your major as stipulated in the catalog in effect at the time of your matriculation, or the one you declared, if you opted to change catalogs
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all your coursework
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in your major
  • Provide payment in full of all tuition, fees, fines, etc., including the graduation fee of $150.
  • [Day Students Only] Complete the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) in January. Several sessions are available for your convenience. School of Professional Studies students do not need to complete the CLA.
  • Complete a graduation audit and submit all documents and graduation application to the Registrar by February 15.

Prior to Baccalaureate, students should select an honoree (family member, friend, mentor or significant other) for the hooding ceremony during the Baccalaureate service. When considering honoree selection, a student should think of an individual who has played a significant role in him/her becoming a graduate. Please note that while a faculty member may be someone that many will want to consider asking, they will have a significant role in the ceremony and may be unable to be an individual graduate's honoree. If a student has any questions about selecting an honoree, please consult with Dawn Dillon [Director of First-Year Experience]. This individual will sit with the student during the Friday evening Baccalaureate service and will officially hood the student in preparation for the Commencement Ceremony. Further instructions will be given at Commencement rehearsal.

The Office of the Registrar calculates all GPAs and confirms that graduation requirements have been met. It is the student's responsibility to complete all degree requirements; graduation is contingent upon successful completion of all requirements.

Diploma Information:  Each student will receive a scroll as they cross the stage. Inside will be information about the mailing of their diploma. This will not be your actual diploma. Prior to the mailing of diplomas, the following process will take place:

  • The Office of the Registrar will review all degree candidate information and then order the diplomas
  • The Office of Student Accounts will verify that your account is cleared
  • Diplomas will be received and reviewed for accuracy by the Office of the Registrar
  • Diplomas will be mailed directly to the address you have provided to the University

Please note that this process takes approximately 8-10 weeks.


If you have any questions about Commencement, contact:
Sheri Keasler