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 statue of our founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, for a Candlelight Wreath Laying Ceremony. In the event of rain, the wreath laying ceremony will be held at the Bethune Performing Arts Center.

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.

Please review the Fall Commencement Checklist to ensure you are properly prepared for commencement. 

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 

The Bethune-Cookman University Performing Arts Center (PAC)
698 West International Speedway
Bethune-Cookman University Campus


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

7:00 P.M. The Service of Consecration
The Bethune-Cookman University Performing Arts Center
Bethune-Cookman University Campus

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


Friday, December 15, 2017

Faculty Marshals - 10:00 am
Students - 11:00 am 
Location: Performing Arts Center  

The Commencement Rehearsal
The Bethune-Cookman University Performing Arts Center
Bethune-Cookman University Campus


Saturday, December 16, 2017

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