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Commencement

May 2019 Commencement Ceremony: Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Baker Chapel
Information for Family Members and Guests

Commencement Ceremony: The Ceremony will be Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m in Baker Chapel in the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center.

Arrival Time: The doors will open at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for guests to begin taking their seats.

Parking: Limited parking is available at the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center. Guests should follow event parking signs to park in the lot adjacent to the University Apartments.   

Overflow room/baby room information: Once the seating in the auditorium fills up their will be three overflow rooms available with a live stream of the ceremony playing in each room. Edwards in the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center and Mabee Recital Hall in the Jenna Guest Music Building will be set up as standard overflow seating areas. Anderson in the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center will be available for any families with babies or young children.

Ordering photos: Graduation photos will be taken by Daily photography. Students will receive an order form during graduation practice on Friday that they can fill out and turn in to the photographers on Saturday.

Overflow room/baby room information: Due to fire code restrictions, seating is limited in Baker Chapel.  Three overflow rooms will be available with a live stream of the ceremony in each room. Edwards Conference Center in the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center and Mabee Recital Hall in the Jenna Guest Music Building will be set up as standard overflow seating areas.  Anderson Chapel in the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center will be available for any families with babies or young children.

Handicap Accessible Seating: Due to fire code restrictions, no wheelchairs or walkers may block aisles or exits in Baker Chapel.  Seating for wheelchairs is available on a limited basis. If you anticipate needing seating for your group that includes space for a wheelchair, please email eprevost@etbu.edu for additional details. 

Information for Graduates

Rehearsal time: Mandatory graduation rehearsal to be announced in Baker Chapel.

Commencement Ceremony: The ceremony will be Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Baker Chapel in the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center.

Graduate arrival time: Graduates will need to meet in Mabee Recital Hall in the Jenna Guest Music Building by no later than 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to check in with their Graduate Marshals. Doors will open for guests at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Ordering photos: Graduation photos will be taken by Daily photography. Students will receive an order form during graduation practice on Friday that they can fill out and turn in to the photographers on Saturday.

Appropriate dress for graduates: Students will need to be sure they have the appropriate ETBU issued navy blue regalia for the ceremony, and should come dressed in business casual attire underneath. Men will be required to wear slacks; no jeans or shorts will be allowed. The dress code also includes dress shoes, so no tennis shoes, converse, or flip flops will be permitted. For students wishing to decorate their cap, all decorations must be flat and only covering the flat top part of the cap. Nothing should be protruding from or hanging off of anyone’s cap. Students will be asked to remove any decorations that are deemed inappropriate or do not follow these guidelines.  Also, only ETBU issued cords and stoles will be permitted to be worn during the ceremony.