Fall Commencement 2016

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 inside 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.

FALL 2016 COMMENCEMENT CALENDAR

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2016

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

Rehearsal for the Service of Consecration
Time: 5:00 P.M. 
Location: Gertrude Hotchkiss Heyn Chapel, White Hall

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2016

Service of Consecration
Time: 7:00 P.M. Location: Gertrude Hotchkiss Heyn Chapel, White Hall
Location for line-up - TBA

Candlelight Wreath Laying Ceremony

(Immediately following the Service of Consecration)

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2016

President’s Reception in Honor of Graduates
Time: 4:00 P.M. 
Location: Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center

Nursing Pinning Ceremony
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Location: Gertrude Hotchkiss Heyn Chapel, White Hall

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2016

Rehearsal for the Commencement Ceremony
Time: 11:00 A.M. 
Location: Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2016

Commencement Ceremony
Time: 10:00 A.M. 
Location: Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center