It is important that graduates read this prepared information in its entirety before May 5.

Baccalaureate Worship Service
May 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Convocation Center Boone Business Building

  • Graduates should wear their academic regalia and begin assembling for the line of march at 7:00 p.m. in the classroom hallway of the Boone Business Building. There is no order of march; however, graduates will form two equal lines behind the student marshals, facing toward the front of the building.
  • Do not wear anything on the outside of the academic regalia, such as a corsage, sticker, button, etc.
  • The line of march will begin at 7:25 p.m. Those at the end of the line should shift, if necessary, in order to make certain that the lines are equal in length. Graduates must remain in their line because each row will enter the Convocation Center through a different classroom.
  • For seating graduates in the Convocation Center, marshals will count the number of students in each row.
  • After marching in for the service, graduates should remain standing as a group. They will be seated with the congregation at the end of the prayer.
  • All men will remove caps during the call to worship, and leave them off until the recessional. Women will keep their caps on throughout the service.
  • Graduates should wear tassels on the right side of the cap.
  • Following the benediction, graduates exit immediately after the platform participants and faculty. They will be directed by the student marshals standing at each row, beginning with those at the front. Faculty and graduates will remain in line and will encircle the audience around the exterior walls of the Convocation Center. Once graduates are in place, they will turn and face the congregation. At the conclusion of the recessional, audience and recessional participants will be dismissed.

Commencement Convocation
May 6, at 9:00 a.m.
Quad Adjacent to McClurkan Hall

  • All graduates should assemble at 8:20 a.m. on Saturday, May 6. Student marshals will line up facing the quad, on the sidewalk at the top of the stairs leading down to the bell tower. Doctoral candidates will line up in two lines directly behind the student marshals on the sidewalk connecting the Adams Building and the Reed Memorial Tower, facing the tower. Traditional undergraduates, including associate degree, will line up in two rows on the sidewalk alongside the Martin Building, facing the circle in front of the Adams Building. Degree completion graduates will line up in two rows on the sidewalk in front of the Adams Building, facing the circle. Master’s and specialist degree candidates will line up on the sidewalks in front of the Center for Leadership, Calling, and Service (Bud Robinson Hall).  There is no order to the line once graduates are in their group.
  • In the event of rain on May 6, Commencement Convocations will be held at 9:00 a.m. in the following venues:
    • Traditional Undergraduate, Graduate Religion, and Christian Ministry – Moore Gymnasium
      • Line up in the lower level hallway of Moore Gymnasium
    • Graduate Education (MEd, MAT), EdD (Education), EdS, and MOL - Trevecca Community Church Gymnasium
      •  Line up in the hallway adjacent to the church gymnasium
    • MHR, General Studies, CIT, HIT, HCA, and Graduate Business (MSM, MBA, MSIT) - Convocation Center, Boone Business Building
      • Line up in the classroom hallways of the Boone Business Building
    • Physician Assistant, Graduate Counseling and PhD (Counseling) - Trevecca Community Church Sanctuary
      • Line up in the hallway adjacent to the sanctuary (alongside the church offices)
  • An announcement will be posted on Trevecca's website ( on the morning of May 6, if we need to revert to this rain plan. We will attempt to get the message out as early as possible on Saturday morning. In addition, up-to-date information will be made available via the official university Facebook and Twitter pages at and @Trevecca.
  • The tickets for reserved seating, enclosed with the regalia, will be used only in the event that the rain plan must be implemented.
  • University administrators and faculty will check to see that graduates are lined up properly and to be sure that each graduate has a card with his/her name printed on it. These cards have been distributed in the packet with the academic regalia. It is important that the card is completed on the back and brought to the commencement program and held onto. It will be used to call the graduate's name at the time of awarding of the degree.
  • The march will begin at 8:50 a.m.
  • 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.
  • Graduates should wear tassels on the right side of cap until after diplomas have been awarded.
  • Do not wear anything on the outside of the academic regalia, such as a corsage, sticker, button, etc.
  • After the benediction, graduates exit immediately after the faculty. Student marshals will direct each row, beginning with those at the front.
  • An alumni reception for seniors and their families will be held in the Hardy Alumni Center immediately following the Commencement Ceremony.
  • The University has arranged for a GradImages® to take photos of each graduate during the ceremony. Visit, and click on "Pre-Event Email Registration." Enter your email and up to 6 emails of loved ones who would like to view your photos. Get $5 off orders of $25 by pre-registering. After graduation, order online at, or call (800) 261-2576.
  • The University has also arranged with GradMemory for a DVD to be made of the commencement convocation. DVD’s can be ordered online after graduation at

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 each graduate's name is called when the diploma is received. Graduates may wish to alert them prior to Commencement. 
  • Only the first two rows of associate and baccalaureate degree candidates of the section designated by the University Provost 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 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. After all associate and baccalaureate degree graduates have gone to the platform, the marshals will return to the first row of the masters’ degree and EdS students and direct these candidates to the platform. 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. Lena Welch, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, standing at the podium. Dr. Welch will read the student’s name. If a graduate is concerned about the pronunciation of his/her name at the Commencement Convocation, please contact Dr. Lena Welch (615) 248-1393.
  • 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 GradImages®. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees will also give congratulations.
  • Graduates will descend by the opposite ramp, have a photo taken, and return to their original row. They will remain standing until the complete row of graduates has returned and then be seated together.
  • May graduates, who have fulfilled all requirements for graduation and are clear with the University (including finances), should see Academic Records personnel on the Jernigan porch (or designated area in the event of rain) to receive their diploma immediately after graduation.

Additional Information for Graduates

  • Regalia is provided, at university expense, for each graduate who attends the ceremony.
  • Graduation Invitations/Announcements – Invitations can be purchased at
  • Final exams for traditional undergraduate students are scheduled for May 1 - 3. Seniors are not permitted to take exams early.
  • Undergraduate students who plan to be 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 on May 6.  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, which is on file in the Office of Academic Records. All courses are to be taken in summer school at Trevecca unless there is approval in advance to do otherwise through the Registrar.
  • Caps and Gowns for Graduating Seniors - All students will need to pick up their caps and gowns from the University at the Tree of Life Campus Bookstore, located on the lower level of the Jernigan Student Center. The hours for pick-up are: Monday, May 1 through Thursday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Included with the regalia there will be: a Commencement Handbook with all the information concerning specific instructions on arrival times, clothing, and rain plans; tickets for graduate guests (tickets for reserved seating will be used only in the event that the rain plan must be implemented); and a color-coded card with the graduate's name printed on it. It is important that students hold onto this card and bring it to the Commencement. This card will be used to call names when receiving a diploma.
  • Students who have had Perkins loans must have an exit interview before regalia will be released. Contact Diane Whetstone in the Accounting Office (248-1315) for on-line instructions. Students who have had Stafford loans must interview with personnel in the Financial Aid Office. Appointments should be made as soon as possible by calling 248-1242.
  • Spring graduates who are clear with the university can pick up their diploma immediately following the ceremony.