Commencement 2022

Please allow yourself plenty of time to arrive on campus for commencement ceremonies. Traffic on interstates and side roads could be heavy due to several other scheduled events in the Nashville area on May 7.

For students and their families, Commencement is an exciting time on Trevecca’s campus; a milestone moment and an occasion not soon forgotten. For the greater Trevecca community, Commencement is a vital part of the life of the University and a celebration we look forward to each spring.

Trevecca Nazarene University is planning an in-person graduation celebration this spring! Ceremonies are open seating and will be held outside on The Quad adjacent to McClurkan Hall for all programs, weather permitting. Below is the schedule for the 2021-2022 Commencement Convocations. We are proud of our graduates and cannot wait to celebrate with you!

All Commencement ceremonies will be live-streamed at streaming.trevecca.edu.

Spring Commencement Convocation 2022

Commencement is an exciting time on Trevecca’s campus. Below is the schedule for the 2021-2022 Commencement Convocations. Ceremonies are open seating and will be held outside on The Quad adjacent to McClurkan Hall for all programs, weather permitting. We are proud of our graduates!

Friday, May 6, 2022
10 a.m.
Woodmont Baptist Church
Nursing Pinning Ceremony
Friday, May 6, 2022
5:30 p.m.
Tarter Student Activity Center (TSAC)
Phi Delta Lambda Honors Dinner and Induction Ceremony, by invitation only

(PDL Inductees represent the top 15% of the graduating class)

Saturday, May 7, 2022
9 a.m.

The Quad Adjacent to McClurkan Hall
Associate degrees, Traditional and Non-Traditional
Baccalaureate degrees, Traditional and Non-Traditional

Immediately following Commencement

The Alumni Association Tent at Hart Street at the roundabout
There will be a photo wall for taking pictures and a gift for graduates

Saturday, May 7, 2022
2 p.m.

The Quad Adjacent to McClurkan Hall
Doctor of Education
Doctor of Philosophy
Specialist in Education
Master of Arts

  • Church and Community
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Religion
  • Theology and Biblical Studies
  • Worship and Leadership

Master of Arts in Teaching
Master of Business Administration
Master of Library and Information Science
Master of Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy
Master of Organizational Leadership
Master of Public Administration
Master of Science

  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Care Leadership and Innovation
  • Instructional Design & Technology
  • Management
Immediately following Commencement The Alumni Association Tent at Hart Street at the roundabout
There will be a photo wall for taking pictures and a gift for graduates

Summer Commencement Convocation 2022

Friday, August 5, 2022
3 p.m.
Boone Convocation Center
Master of Science in Medicine
Physician Assistant Commencement Convocation & White Coat Ceremony

Additional Information

In the event of rain during the time of any of the individual ceremonies, only the event affected by weather will be moved inside. The university will post an announcement on Trevecca's website up to one hour before the ceremony, should we need to revert to the rain plan. Please see the Inclement Weather tab for full details.

Doctoral Students (EdD & PhD)
Please return your regalia (the gown and the tam) at the conclusion of the 2 p.m. Convocation on Saturday, May 7, to the designated area near the Campus Store. The Campus store is located on the main level of the Jernigan Student Center.

  • The Commencement Convocation will be held on Trevecca's campus on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. for Associate and Baccalaureate degree candidates and at 2:00 p.m. for Masters, Specialist, and Doctoral degree candidates. Thousands of people will visit the campus for this event; consequently, parking will be at a premium. Graduates and their guests should arrive early in order to find parking places. In the event of rain, indoor seating is limited to those who have a ticket. See Inclement Weather for complete details.
  • All Commencement ceremonies will be live-streamed at streaming.trevecca.edu
  • Alumni Association Tent
    Graduates are invited to stop by the Alumni Association Tent on Hart Street at the roundabout immediately following the Commencement Convocation. There will be a photo wall for taking pictures and a gift for graduates.
  • Nursing Pinning Ceremony
    Friday, May 6, 2022. The time and place are TBD.
  • Phi Delta Lambda Honors Dinner and Induction Ceremony (by invitation only)
    Friday, May 6, at 5:30 p.m. in Tarter Student Activity Center (TSAC). PDL is the national honor society of the colleges and universities of the Church of the Nazarene. Undergraduates, both traditional and nontraditional, are eligible for induction during the year they graduate. Inductees will have a minimum cumulative 3.8 GPA. Membership will not exceed 15% of the total number of graduates. Graduates being inducted will receive official notification by email in April.
  • Honor cords
    Honor cords are provided by the university for all undergraduate candidates with a 3.5 GPA or higher and are distributed with the academic regalia. Latin Honors of Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude will be read at the commencement ceremony and printed on the diploma, as calculated through the fall semester.
  • Seating for Guests with Wheelchairs
    A section for seating guests with wheelchairs will be reserved for both ceremonies on Saturday. To accommodate each person with a wheelchair, this area will be limited to that person and one person to assist them. Students who have guests with this accommodation should notify the Office of University Engagement (615-248-1355 or universityengagement@trevecca.edu) with the name of the two guests to be seated in this area. Accessible        parking is available with your ADA placard or license plate but is limited. The spaces are available first come, first served.
  • Graduation Photos
    Individual pictures of the graduates will be taken by Gradlmages® during the ceremony. Visit https://www.gradimages.com/Registration to register and receive 20% off a purchase of $50 or more. Add your friends' and families' email addresses and they will also save 20% on photos and receive a link to view your photos. Proofs will be sent as soon as they're available after the event.
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Saturday, May 7, 2022, at 9 a.m.

  • Graduates should wear their academic regalia* to campus for their ceremony. All Associate and Baccalaureate degree candidates, both traditional and non-traditional, should assemble at 8:20 a.m. on Saturday, May 7. Student marshals will line up graduates facing the quad, on the sidewalk at the top of the stairs leading down to the bell tower. Associate candidates, traditional and nontraditional, will line up first, in two lines directly behind the student marshals on the sidewalk connecting the Adams Building and the Reed Memorial Tower, facing the tower. Baccalaureate candidates, traditional and nontraditional, will line up behind the Associate graduates in two lines and continue on the sidewalk alongside the Martin Building, facing the circle in front of the Adams Building. There is no order to the line once graduates are in their group.
  • Faculty marshals will check to see that graduates are lined up properly and to ensure each graduate has the name card* with his/her name printed on it. The name cards were distributed with the academic packet. Please complete the name card on the back and bring the card to the Commencement Convocation. Graduates will hand the card to Dr. Lena Welch at the podium, who will call their name at the time of awarding of the degree.
  • The march will begin at 8:50 a.m.. Administrators and faculty will lead, marching through the line of graduate candidates. The line will proceed through the Reed Bell Tower, across Hart Street, and onto The Quad.
  • After marching in, graduates will remain standing as a group until after the invocation.
  • All men will leave their caps on except during the invocation and the benediction.
  • Graduation is a formal ceremony and academic regalia must be worn as distributed by the university.
  • Do not wear anything on the outside of the academic regalia, such as a corsage, sticker, button, etc.
  • Associate and Baccalaureate candidates should wear the tassel over their right temple and move it to the left after receiving their diploma cover, when exiting the platform.
  • Following the benediction, graduates exit immediately behind the faculty. Student marshals will direct each row, beginning with those at the front.
  • Graduates are invited to stop by the Alumni Association Tent on Hart Street at the roundabout immediately after the Commencement Convocation. There will be a photo wall for taking pictures and a gift for graduates.
  • The University has arranged for a Gradlmages® to take photos of each graduate during the ceremony. Register now at: https://www.gradimages.com/Registration to take advantage of a 20% discount for you, your family, and friends. Your proofs will be sent to you as soon as they are available after the ceremony.

*Graduates who chose to have their regalia shipped to campus will pick up their regalia, NAME CARD, Commencement Handbook, four (4) rain plan tickets, and honor cords (if applicable) at the Mailroom, located in Waggoner Library Monday, April 25 – Friday, May 6, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Graduates will receive an email notification that they have a package to pick up when their regalia comes in. Please pick up your items before graduation day. 

*Graduates who chose to have their regalia shipped to home will need to pick up the NAME CARD, Commencement Handbook, four (4) rain plan tickets, and honor cords (if applicable) at the Mailroom, located in Waggoner Library beginning Monday, April 25 – Friday, May 6, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Please make every effort to pick up your items before graduation day.

Awarding of Degrees

In the awarding of degrees, the following procedure will be followed:

  • The University Provost will ask the candidates to stand. All graduates will stand together and remain standing until the President and University Provost finish their comments.
  • The Provost will read a brief statement to the President who will respond and confer the degrees. We invite parents, family members, and friends to stand as their graduate's name is called and the diploma cover is received. Graduates may wish to alert their guests to be ready to stand.
  • The first two rows of associate and baccalaureate degree candidates will remain standing and proceed to the platform, led by a student marshal. Everyone else is seated. As each row comes to the aisle, the marshal will then ask the next row to stand as a group and move to the aisle and proceed to the platform.
  • As the candidate approaches the top of the ramp leading to the stage, he/she will give their completed name card* from the packet to Dr. Lena Welch, standing at the podium. The student will quietly speak their name to Dr. Welch, who will then announce the student's name.
  • Each graduate will wait at the top of the ramp until his/her name and honors have been read and then walk across the stage and receive their diploma folder. Graduates will pause for a moment when receiving the diploma folder from the President to have a picture taken by Gradlmages®. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees will also give congratulations.
  • Graduates will descend by the opposite ramp, have a photo taken, and then return to their original row. They will remain standing until the complete row of graduates has returned and then be seated together, as a row.

* It is important that graduates complete the name card on the back and they bring the card to the Commencement Convocation.

Additional Information for Graduates

  • Summer graduates must be within 6 hours of graduation by the end of the spring semester in order to be eligible to participate in commencement. In addition, the summer graduate must have a feasible plan for completing all graduation requirements by August 15. Summer graduates are expected to follow their plan for program completion. All courses are to be taken in summer school at Trevecca unless there is advance approval through the Office of Academic Records.
  • Traditional undergraduate students who had student loans need to schedule an exit meeting with The Office of Financial Aid. Please email financialservices@trevecca.edu or call 615-248-1242 to schedule an appointment.
  • Diplomas will be mailed. Academic Records will have one month after the conferral date to award the degrees. For May conferrals, diplomas will be mailed the first week of June, providing there are no holds on the student account. For August conferrals, diplomas will be mailed the second week of September providing there are no holds on the student account. Please make sure to communicate this information with parent(s)/guardian(s) as well.
  • A Final decision about implementation of the rain plan will be made as soon as possible prior to the time of each ceremony. However, that decision may not happen until two hours prior to any of the ceremonies. In case of rain during the time of any of the individual ceremonies, only the event affected by weather will be moved inside. Seating for indoor ceremonies will be limited to 4 guests per graduate. Graduates should locate the rain plan tickets included in their graduation/regalia packet, which will be needed for guest entry to the ceremony. Please refer to the Commencement Inclement Weather tab for complete details about the rain plan.

Saturday, May 7, 2022, at 2 p.m.

  • Graduates should wear their academic regalia* to campus for their ceremony. All Masters, Specialist, and Doctoral degree candidates should assemble at 1:20 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. Faculty marshals will line up graduates facing the quad, on the sidewalk at the top of the stairs leading down to the bell tower. Doctoral candidates will line up first, in two lines directly behind the student marshals on the sidewalk connecting the Adams Building and the Reed Memorial Tower, facing the tower. PhD candidates should be at the front in the right line. Masters and Specialist degree candidates will line up in two rows behind the Doctoral graduates and continue on the sidewalk alongside the Martin Building, facing the circle in front of the Adams Building. There is no order to the line once graduates are in their group.
  • Faculty marshals will check to see that graduates are lined up properly and to ensure that each graduate has the name card* with his/her name printed on it. The name cards were distributed with the academic packet. Please complete the name card on the back and bring the card to the Commencement Convocation. Graduates will hand the card to Dr. Jonathan Bartling, at the podium, who will call their name at the time of awarding of the degree.
  • The march will begin at 1:50 p.m. Administrators and faculty will lead, marching through the line of graduate candidates. The line will proceed through the Reed Bell Tower, across Hart Street, and onto The Quad.
  • After marching in, graduates will remain standing as a group until after the invocation
    • All men will leave their caps on except during the invocation and the benediction.
    • Graduation is a formal ceremony and academic regalia must be worn as distributed by the university.
    • Do not wear anything on the outside of the academic regalia such as a corsage, sticker, button, etc.
    • Masters and doctoral candidates should wear the tassel over the left
    • Masters’ and specialist candidates will wear their hoods to the ceremony.
    • Doctoral candidates will receive instructions about their hoods from their advisers and program leaders.
  • Following the benediction, graduates will exit immediately behind the faculty. Marshals will direct each row, beginning with those at the front.
  • Graduates are invited to stop by the Alumni Association Tent on Hart Street at the roundabout immediately after the Commencement Convocation. There will be a photo wall for taking pictures and a gift for graduates.
    • The University has arranged for a Gradlmages® to take photos of each graduate during the ceremony. Register now at: https://www.gradimages.com/Registration to take advantage of a 20% discount for you, your family, and friends. Your proofs will be sent to you as soon as they are available after the ceremony.

*Graduates who chose to have their regalia shipped to campus will pick up their regalia, NAME CARD, Commencement Handbook, four (4) rain plan tickets, and honor cords (if applicable) at the Mailroom, located in Waggoner Library Monday, April 25 – Friday, May 6, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Graduates will receive an email notification that they have a package to pick up when their regalia comes in. Please pick up your items before graduation day. 

 *Graduates who chose to have their regalia shipped to home will need to pick up the NAME CARD, Commencement Handbook, four (4) rain plan tickets, and honor cords (if applicable) at the Mailroom, located in Waggoner Library beginning Monday, April 25 – Friday, May 6, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Please make every effort to pick up your items before graduation day.

Doctoral Students (EdD & PhD)
Please return your regalia, the gown and the tam, at the conclusion of the 2 p.m. Convocation on Saturday, May 7, to the designated area outside the Campus Store, on the main level of the Jernigan Student Center.

Awarding of Degrees

In the awarding of degrees, the following procedure will be followed:

  • The University Provost will ask the candidates to stand. Everyone stands together and remains standing until the President and University Provost finish their comments.
  • The Provost will read a brief statement to the President who will respond and confer the degrees. The Provost will invite parents, family members, and friends to stand as their graduate's name is called and the diploma cover is received. Graduates may wish to alert them prior to Commencement.
  • The first two rows of master’s degree candidates will remain standing and proceed to the platform, led by a faculty marshal. Everyone else is seated. As each row comes to the aisle, the marshal will ask the next row to stand as a group and move to the aisle and proceed to the platform. Degrees will be awarded by section. Masters degrees will be awarded first followed by Specialist degrees. Doctoral degrees will be awarded last.
  • As the candidate approaches the top of the ramp leading to the stage, he/she will give their completed name card* from the packet to Dr. Bartling, standing at the podium. The student will quietly speak their name to the reader, who will then announce the student's name.
  • Each graduate will wait at the top of the ramp until his/her name and honors have been read and then walk across the stage and receive their diploma folder. Graduates will pause for a moment when receiving the diploma folder from the President to have a picture taken by Gradlmages®. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees will also give congratulations.
  • Doctoral candidates will be hooded after their name is called, prior to receiving the diploma folder.
  • Graduates will descend by the opposite ramp, have a photo taken, and then return to their original row. They will remain standing until the complete row of graduates has returned, and then be seated together as a row.

*It is important that graduates complete the name card on the back and they bring the card to the Commencement Convocation. 

Additional Information for Graduates

  • Summer graduates must be within 6 hours of graduation by the end of the spring semester in order to be eligible to participate in commencement. In addition, the summer graduate must have a feasible plan for completing all graduation requirements by August 15. Summer graduates are expected to follow their plan for program completion. All courses are to be taken in summer school at Trevecca unless there is advance approval through the Office of Academic Records.
  • Diplomas will be mailed. Academic Records will have one month after the conferral date to award the degrees. For May conferrals, diplomas will be mailed the first week of June, providing there are no holds on the student account. For August conferrals, diplomas will be mailed the second week of September, providing there are no holds on the student account. Please communicate this information with parent(s)/guardian(s) as well.
  • Final decision about implementation of the rain plan
    A decision about using the rain plan will be made as soon as possible prior to the time of each ceremony. However, that decision may not happen until two hours prior to any of the ceremonies. In case of rain during the time of any of the individual ceremonies, only the event affected by weather will be moved inside. Please see the Inclement Weather tab for complete details about the rain plan.

All Commencement Convocations will be held on The Quad unless there is a significant weather issue.

Final decision about implementation of the rain plan

A decision about the location of the ceremonies will be made as soon as possible. However, that decision may not happen until two hours prior to either of the ceremonies. In case of rain during the time of the individual ceremonies, only the event affected by weather will be moved inside. The university will post an announcement on Trevecca's website up to one hour before the ceremony should we need to revert to the rain plan. In addition, up-to-date information will be available via the official university Facebook page and Twitter page.

Should the Inclement Weather Plan be implemented, seating will be limited. Graduates should locate the rain plan tickets included in their graduation/regalia packet.

Graduates who chose to have their regalia shipped to campus will pick up their regalia, name card, Commencement Handbook, four (4) rain plan tickets, and honor cords (if applicable) at the Mailroom, located in Waggoner Library Monday, April 25 – Friday, May 6, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Graduates will receive an email notification that they have a package to pick up when their regalia comes in. Please pick up your items before graduation day.

Graduates who chose to have their regalia shipped to home: will need to pick up the name card, Commencement Handbook, (4) rain plan tickets, and honor cords (if applicable) at the Mailroom, located in Waggoner Library beginning Monday, April 25 – Friday, May 6, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Please make every effort to pick up your items before graduation day.

Locations of Indoor Ceremonies

Commencement convocations will be held at 9:00 a.m. for the following groups in the stated locations:

  • Associate and Baccalaureate degree candidates, Traditional – Moore Gymnasium
  • Associate and Baccalaureate degree candidates, Non-Traditional – Boone Convocation Center

Commencement convocations will be held at 2 p.m. for the following groups in the stated locations:

Boone Convocation Center

Master of Arts

  • Church and Community
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Religion
  • Theology and Biblical Studies
  • Worship and Leadership

Master of Business Administration
Master of Organizational Leadership
Master of Public Administration
Master of Science

  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Care Leadership and Innovation
  • Instructional Design & Technology
  • Management
Moore Gymnasium

Doctor of Education
Doctor of Philosophy
Specialist in Education
Master of Arts in Teaching
Master of Education
Master of Library and Information Science
Master of Arts

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master of Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy

Line-up Plans

Graduates will line up in the following locations:

  • Moore Gymnasium – Lower-Level Hallway of Moore Gymnasium
  • Convocation Center, Boone Business Building – Classroom Hallways of the Boone Business Building
  • Main Campus Entrance
    Enter the campus via the main entrance or the service entrance and park in the church parking lot, the North Drive AC lot, or the Benson parking lot (in front of Benson Hall).
  • Nance Lane
    Enter the campus via Nance Lane and personnel will direct you to parking lots within a short distance of The Quad (or Moore Gymnasium).
  • Accessible parking
    Available with your ADA placard or license plate but parking is limited in all lots. Those who desire accessible parking should arrive early enough to be directed to a reserved space. These spaces are first come, first served.
  • Other available parking
    Behind residence halls (Wise, Tennessee, Georgia) and along Nance Lane, behind the Jackson Center of Music and Worship Arts, and the Polk Avenue lot.

Parking areas are designated in orange on the map below.

If the inclement weather plan is used, it will be best for graduates and guests to park in those lots that are closest to the indoor ceremony they will attend.