Fall Commencement

Bethune-Cookman University is a church-affiliated institution founded by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune on the principles of her faith in God. The Service of Consecration is a sacred worship experience of consecration when we ask God to anoint and bless all graduates. At the end of the Service of Consecration, the platform guests, faculty, and candidates will march to the grave site of our founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, for a Candlelight Wreath Laying Ceremony.

Commencement is a formal ceremony to celebrate the candidates' commissioning into a new mission (undertaking) of life. Bethune-Cookman University develops graduates who are honorable, democratic citizens capable of making worthwhile contributions to society. The University expects its graduates to uphold the highest moral and ethical standards set forth by our founder Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune by practicing self-discipline throughout the graduation activities. Only those students who have completed all requirements for graduation from Bethune-Cookman University may participate.

2017 Fall Commencement Calendar

Monday, December 11, 2017

Rehearsal for the Service of Consecration
Faculty Marshals - 4:30 pm
Students - 5:00 pm 
Location: Band Room 


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

7:00 P.M. The Service of Consecration
Location: Gertrude Hotchkiss Heyn Memorial Chapel

The Candlelight Wreath Laying Ceremony
Immediately following the Service of Consecration
In the Centennial Gardens


Friday, December 15, 2017

The Commencement Rehearsal
Faculty Marshals - 10:00 am
Students - 11:00 am 
Location: The Bethune-Cookman University Performing Arts Center Bethune-Cookman University Campus  


Saturday, December 16, 2017

10:00 A.M. The Commencement Ceremony
Location: The Bethune-Cookman University Performing Arts Center Bethune-Cookman University Campus