Regent University Commencement Information

Congratulations, Graduates, on Your Important Accomplishment!

Watch the 2017 Commencement video

If you have additional questions, please contact the Registrar’s Office. We look forward to helping you celebrate this significant milestone.

Commencement is an annual tradition to celebrate students eligible for graduation from Regent University’s College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business & Leadership, School of Communication & the Arts, School of Law, School of Divinity, School of Education, School of Psychology & Counseling, and Robertson School of Government.

Each year, more than 8,000 guests arrive on campus to join in the celebration featuring special remarks from Regent Founder, Chancellor and CEO Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson, an address from a distinguished University Commencement guest, selected student leaders and the Alumnus of the Year.

2017 Speaker

Corné J. Bekker, D. Litt. et Phil.

Dr. Corné Bekker, Regent University's Commencement 2017 speaker.

Dr. Corné Bekker joined Regent University in 2005. He previously served as the associate dean for academics of Rhema Bible College in Johannesburg, South Africa, and now serves as the School of Divinity’s dean and chair for biblical studies and Christian ministry in the College of Arts & Sciences. Beforehand, he taught on the doctoral level at the School of Business & Leadership, and is actively involved in research on the use of biblical hermeneutics and spirituality to explore Ecclesial leadership.

Dr. Bekker is an ordained minister and has traveled in Africa, Europe, the East and North America to present at churches, ministries, seminars and academic conferences on the subject of Christian spirituality and leadership formation. He has been an invited speaker at universities, seminaries and Bible colleges in the U.S. and abroad.

Additionally, Dr. Bekker served in South Africa on the board of the South African Council for Theological Education, was nominated to the Standards Generating Body for Theology and Ministry of the South African Qualifications Authority, and served on the Consultative Forum of the South African Council of Churches. He also served as the director for Regent University’s Quality Enhancement Plan and was the 2010 recipient of the Chancellor’s Award. He resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with his wife and son.

Graduation Info

Commencement ceremonies for 2017 will take place Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Take note of the following steps to prepare for participation in graduation:

  1. Fulfill your degree/certificate requirements.

    Ensure that you are on track to complete your degree requirements as anticipated. You may want to check in with your academic advisor if you have questions or concerns.Please review the Degree Clearance section in this tab for more information on the process. For information regarding your specific paperwork, please contact your staff advisor or your school’s academic/student services manager.

2. Submit your Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office.

Deadline dates to submit graduation applications are as follows:

September 15 for fall graduation
December 1 for spring and summer graduation.

3. A $25 late fee will be assessed on all first-time applications submitted past the deadline.

Students who are not approved to graduate for either the degree or certificate in the semester stated on the application must file another application in a subsequent semester. Certificate applications are accepted year round; however, students earning a certificate only do not participate in the Commencement ceremony.

4. Pay the appropriate graduation fee in the Business Office or online via Genisys.

This fee is assessed only one time per degree/certificate earned. The fee applies regardless of when all graduation requirements are completed.

  • $70 – JD, LL.M., Ed.S. and all Doctorate
  • $60 – All Other Degrees
  • $30 – Certificates

5. Complete Student Loan Exit Counseling.

Federal regulations state that students who have borrowed federal student loans (Stafford, PLUS, Perkins) are required to participate in a Student Loan Exit Interview. You must complete your Student Loan Exit Counseling before you can receive your final official transcript and diploma.  You can also attend an on-campus exit counseling group session at the end of the semester. If you have questions, please contact Central Financial Aid at 757.352.4125 or finaid@regent.edu

6. Order regalia.

All graduates must purchase and wear regalia from Oak Hall. The Oak Hall website is no longer open for regalia orders. For approved graduates who did not order online, extra regalia will be available for purchase during the pick-up dates and times listed below (step 8). We will not “reserve” regalia for those who did not order from the Oak Hall website. Please note that graduates may not alter or decorate their regalia, including caps. During the Commencement ceremony, dual/joint degree students should wear only the hood of the degree with which they are sitting, though both tassels may be worn.

You may also order announcements, rings, diploma frames and other graduation related items online from Herff Jones. (Please use the Mozilla Firefox browser to order from Herff Jones.)

7. RSVP for participation in Commencement and Commissioning.

All students who have submitted a graduation application must RSVP for Commencement. The RSVP deadline has passed and students are no longer able to RSVP for Commencement 2017 via Genisys. To RSVP, please complete the RSVP Form and, if applicable, the Special Accommodations Form. Send the RSVP Form to the Registrar’s Office ASAP. Please note that we cannot guarantee seating near your school’s graduates for anyone submitting an RSVP after April 15.

You must RSVP for your commissioning service separately. Commissioning dates and times are determined by the individual schools.

8. Pick up your regalia.Regalia must be picked up on campus at the Student Center. (Regalia cannot be mailed out on an individual basis.) You must present a picture ID to pick up your regalia. Regalia will only be released to someone other than the graduate if the graduate has submitted prior written consent to the Registrar’s Office. Emailed consent must be sent from the graduate’s Regent email account.

Pick-up dates, times, and location are as follows:
Tuesday, May 2, 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Fountain View Room, Student Center
Wednesday, May 3, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Fountain View Room, Student Center
Thursday, May 4, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Fountain View Room, Student Center
Friday, May 5, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Fountain View Room, Student Center

Regalia may also be picked up the morning of Commencement, beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the Fountain View Room; however, you are strongly encouraged to pick up your regalia in advance.

9. Attend Commissioning and Commencement.

Commencement 2017 will be held on the Regent University campus in Virginia Beach on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The processional begins promptly at 9:15 a.m., so make sure you arrive to line up no later than 8:15 a.m. (fully dressed in your regalia, including hood and cap). Graduate line-up takes place on the sidewalk in front of the Administration Building and extends down the sidewalk to the Library. Report directly to your row assignment (given to you with your regalia). In the past, the processional has ended at approximately noon.

Graduates may not carry handbags or other personal items, banners, placards, etc. A small camera is permissible. Graduates may not alter or decorate their regalia, including caps. Graduates are expected to stay throughout the entire ceremony.

Be aware that you will not return to your original seat after crossing the stage. Prospective graduates should regularly check their Regent email account in 2017 for email communications regarding Commencement. Please be sure that you have migrated your Regent email account to Regent Apps.

Flowers and t-shirts listing graduate names will be available for purchase on site at Commencement through the Student Activities Board. You can pre-order your graduate’s favorite color arrangement or t-shirt size. Questions can be directed to Student Services.

Use #regentgrad17 between now and Commencement day for the chance to have your photo or tweet displayed on the big screen at Commencement.Each school will conduct individual commissioning activities prior to Commencement.

Please complete your graduation application.

Application Deadlines
September 15 for fall graduation
December 1 for spring and summer graduation
Deadlines are for submission of the application, not payment of the graduation fee.

A $25 late fee will be assessed on all first-time applications submitted past the deadline.

fee payment 

Please wait 2 to 3 business days submitting your application, then pay the fee either in Genisys or in person at the Business Office. The following will prevent Regent from releasing transcripts or ordering a diploma/certificate:

A $25 late fee will be assessed on all first-time graduation applications submitted past the deadline. 

degree clearance process

For questions regarding degree clearance, please contact your advisor. Once your advisor has completed your preliminary degree clearance audit, s/he will send your paperwork to your school for approval and notify you via email. After your school reviews your paperwork, it is sent to the Registrar’s Office. If all your requirements are complete, the Registrar’s Office will post your degree and you will receive an automatic email notification at your Regent email account to let you know that it has been posted. You will also be able to see your degree awarded on your unofficial transcript in Genisys.

Timeframe

Degrees are usually posted within 7 business days of receipt from the schools. The Registrar’s Office is aware that many students have deadlines for job applications, licensure, raises, etc. and we work to process degree paperwork as quickly as possible.

Students earning a degree will have a complimentary degree-posted transcript sent to the address on file with Regent. This transcript is intended for your records and will not be sent to someone other than the graduate.

Diplomas and certificates are ordered from the printer at the end of each month (bi-monthly during high volume times) and generally arrive within 6 to 8 weeks. You will receive an email when the diploma and/or certificate is mailed so that you have a better idea of when to expect delivery.

Graduation policy

For important information concerning graduation requirements, please note the Regent University Graduation Policy, as described in the university catalog.

  • Graduation Date: The official date of graduation or certificate completion is based on the completion of degree/certificate requirements for each student and is determined by the semester in which the student completes all degree program requirements. The official graduation date is NOT based on when the student participates in commencement.
  • Degree Conferral Dates: There is one official university conferral date per semester. Students who complete their degree requirements (dissertations, theses, and portfolios must be Accepted via ProQuest) anytime within a semester will be given the official degree clearance date for that semester. Degrees are posted on or after the official university degree date for the semester. Please refer to the academic calendar for specific dates. The official degree conferral dates for 2017 are: May 6 for spring graduates, August 12 for summer graduates, and December 16 for fall graduates.
  • Issuance of Diplomas/Certificates: Diplomas and certificates will be issued only after all graduation requirements have been met. This includes clearing any outstanding balance, library fine and/or parking fine.
  • New Graduation Application: If a student is not cleared in the term for which the graduation application is filed, a new graduation application must be submitted for the subsequent term in which all requirements are met. The graduation fee, however, is only paid once.
  • F-1 Student Visa Holders: If you are an on-campus F-1 student visa holder, you must submit the F-1 Student Program Completion Form to the Office of International Student Services (OISS) at least 45 days prior to your graduation date. For more information, contact the director of International Student Services at 352-4130.

Effective with the December 2007 graduating class, baccalaureate degrees with honors are conferred in accordance with the following cumulative grade point averages on work attempted at Regent University. GPAs are NOT rounded up:

Summa Cum Laude: 4.00 cumulative GPA

Magna Cum Laude: 3.95-3.99 cumulative GPA

Cum Laude: 3.85-3.94 cumulative GPA

The cum laude designations apply only to undergraduate candidates who have completed 50% or more of their coursework (a minimum of 60 institutional credits) at Regent University. Candidates for Latin Honors will be designated in the Commencement and Commissioning programs according to final grades submitted by March 15. Official designations will be determined after all courses have been completed and grades submitted for the degree. These designations will be noted on the awardees’ official academic transcripts and diplomas.

Please review the Degree Clearance section above for information on requirements and timelines for the issuance of diplomas or certificates and complimentary copies.

  • Graduates must report any errors on their diploma within thirty days of receiving the diploma. If errors are not reported within this timeframe, graduates will be charged a replacement fee (see below).
  • If your diploma has been lost or damaged, you may order a replacement diploma by submitting a Diploma Replacement Form to the Registrar’s Office. The fee is $30 for diplomas issued after July 1, 2006 and $50 for replacement of a diploma issued prior to July 2006.
  • Fees may be paid online through the Business Office website by selecting “Transcript Payment” under “Miscellaneous Payments” or by check or money order payable to:Regent University
    Registrar’s Office, SC 218
    1000 Regent University Drive
    Virginia Beach, VA 23464

Commissioning

Regent University’s Commissioning ceremonies are sacred rituals where students are invited to reflect and worship among their peers and accept a special charge from faculty members. As graduates prepare to leave school and enter the world, family members and close friends are welcome to join this cherished and significant tradition.

Undergraduate

The College of Arts and Sciences 2017 Commissioning Service will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in the University Chapel. For more information and registration, please contact Marion Hibbler at 757-352-4701.

Graduate

The School of Education 2017 Commissioning Service will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the University Chapel. Reception to follow in the Chapel Lobby. For more information and registration, please contact Gloria Ross at 757-352-4260.

The School of Communication & the Arts 2017 Commissioning Service will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in the Communication Building, Main Theater. For more information, please contact Rae Wilmot at 757-352-4002.

The School of Communication & the Arts 2017 Doctoral Dedication will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the Communication Building, Screening Room A. Reception to follow in the Dean’s Suite, COM 240. For more information, please contact Rae Wilmot at 757-352-4002.

The School of Divinity 2017 Commissioning Service will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in the University Chapel. A reception will be held before the service in the Chapel Lobby. For more information and registration, please contact Patricia Hammersley at 757-352-4401.

The School of Psychology and Counseling 2017 Commissioning Service will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the University Chapel. Reception to follow in the Library Atrium. For more information and registration, please contact Lynnette Harris at 757-352-4255.

The School of Law 2017 Commissioning Service will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. in the University Chapel. For more information and registration, please contact Mary Bunch at 757-352-4040.

The Robertson School of Government 2017 Commissioning Service will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in the Moot Court Room. Reception to follow in the Library Atrium. For more information and registration, please contact Anita Reed at 757-352-4302.

The School of Business and Leadership 2017 Commissioning Service will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the Communication Building, Main Theater. Reception to follow in the Library Atrium. For more information and registration, please contact Ethel White at 757-352-4530.

Directions & Hotel

We look forward to hosting you at our beautiful Regent University campus. To assist you in your travels, please follow Google Maps for general directions to campus. As you exit the interstate at Indian River Road, the instructions below will guide you to commencement parking:

From Interstate 64 (East or West)

  1. Take exit 286B from Interstate 64 at Indian River Road. The far right-hand lane immediately merges into Regent University Drive. Do NOT take this road.
  2. Continue on Indian River Road for approximately 0.3 miles. At the first stop light, on the right, is the entrance to The Founders Inn and Spa. You will stay on Indian River Road, continuing past this entrance.
  3. Continue on Indian River Road .3 miles to the second light. Turn right onto Centerville Turnpike.
  4. Continue on Centerville Turnpike approximately .3 miles to the first light. Turn right onto CBN Center Drive, where you will immediately see a guard station.
  5. Continue on CBN Center Drive a very short distance, passing the guard station on your left. At the stop sign immediately beyond the guard station, turn left into Visitor Parking (Lot “L” on the campus map).
  6. Additional signs and hosts will be available to guide you to your final destination.

Shuttle Buses: These will run continually from each parking lot to the library plaza from 8:30 am to approximately 1:30 pm. Please look for the color-coded shuttle sign in each parking lot, and the drivers will be happy to escort you and your guests to the public seating area.

Note: Please plan approximately 10 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the ceremony site near the Library. Also, in your travel plans, please factor in time for additional commencement traffic as you near the Regent campus as well as long lines for parking as all vehicles will be directed to enter Regent from the Centerville Turnpike entrance.

Founders Inn and Spa

Located on Regent University’s Campus (www.foundersinn.com )
5641 Indian River Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia
757.366.5700
1.800.926.4466

The Founders Inn and Spa’s blend of old world beauty and colonial era charm is reflected in the newly renovated comfortable, yet dignified, ambiance of every guest room. The timeless Founders Inn and Spa pampers guests with the comforts of home, concierge attention and hi-tech conveniences. Select guest rooms with fireplaces and views of the serene lake and lovely Colonial garden are especially unforgettable.

Guest Services Include:

  • Concierge
  • Laundry/dry cleaning service
  • Valet parking
  • Fully Equipped state-of-the-art Fitness Center
  • Full-service Flowering Almond Spa
  • Full-service Business Center
  • Wireless and hardwired Internet access
  • Movie night every Friday (subject to cancellation without notice)
  • Shuttle service (call 757.424.5511 for further details)
  • Children 8 & under eat free in Swan Terrace restaurant with a paying adult

The Founders Inn and Spa is pleased to offer:

  • Federal per diem rates year round to all DoD and Federal Government travelers
  • Military and government meeting packages are also available, contact the Sales Department at 757.366.5716 for more information.

Severe Weather

Severe Weather Plan: The Commencement Ceremony will not be moved for non-severe weather conditions. Graduates will be provided with disposable clear ponchos at the graduate line-up in case of heavy rain. In the rare event of dangerous weather, the Commencement Ceremony will be delayed or rescheduled.

Severe Weather Notification: If the ceremony is delayed or rescheduled due to dangerous weather, notification will be sent via Regent Alert and posted to the Regent University website. Guests should call the Regent Hotline at 757.352.4777 for a recorded message with full severe weather details. Guests at The Founders Inn and Spa will be given written notices at their doors.

FAQs

Ceremonies and Logistics

Commencement is Saturday, May 6, 2017, and the processional will begin promptly at 9:15 a.m. Graduates need to arrive no later than 8:15 a.m. for the line-up. Please allow for traffic in your travel time, as the roads leading to Regent are always congested on the day of Commencement. Graduates and guests should also allow ample time to go through security checkpoints that will be set up throughout the Regent campus. Graduates are expected to stay throughout the entire ceremony.

Each school will conduct individual commissioning activities prior to Commencement.

We anticipate that the ceremony will last until approximately 12:00 p.m. Graduates are expected to stay throughout the entire ceremony.

The ceremony will take place on the Library Plaza of the Regent campus.

The main parking area will be in the lot south of the Communication building on Centerville Turnpike (Lot L on the campus map). Guests are asked to enter the campus from the Centerville Turnpike entrance, where they will be directed to available parking areas. Shuttle buses will be available to transport guests from these sites to the shuttle stop closest to the Library Plaza. Parking is available for persons with disabilities displaying a handicap hang tag, decal, or license plate. Please let the parking attendent directing traffic know you need parking for persons with disabilities and you will be directed to the correct lot. The library lot is reserved for commencement staff only. Please follow the instructions of the parking attendants in all open Regent and Founders Inn lots. Regent Village residents are asked not to drive. Shuttles will run between the Village and the Library for your convenience.

Graduates ONLY may use the restrooms located on the first floor of the Classroom Building from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. Security will allow graduates access through the front center doors only. The CRB restrooms are the closest restrooms to the graduate line-up.

Restrooms for all other guests will be located in the Student Center and Robertson Hall. Please view the campus map for location details. There will also be temporary comfort stations on-campus.

Flowers and T-shirts with a listing of all graduate names will be available for sale at location G on the campus map located on the last page of your Commencement program.

The Regent Gift Shop will also be open:
M-Th: 10 am – 7 pm
F: 10 am – 5 pm
Sa: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

All students who have submitted a graduation application must RSVP for Commencement. The RSVP deadline has passed and students are no longer able to RSVP for Commencement 2017 via Genisys. To RSVP, please complete the RSVP Form and, if applicable, the Special Accommodations Form. Send the RSVP Form to the Registrar’s Office ASAP. Please note that we cannot guarantee seating near your school’s graduates for anyone submitting an RSVP after April 15.

You must RSVP for your commissioning service separately. Commissioning dates and times are determined by the individual schools.

If you are a graduate with a special need, you will be able to indicate your special accommodation needs on the RSVP in Genisys. Alumni who graduated prior to Fall 2016 and who have been approved to participate in Commencement 2017, or students who no longer have access to Genysis, must complete the Special Accommodations Form and return it to the Registrar’s Office as soon as possible. We may be unable to accommodate requests received less than three weeks prior to Commencement.

Attendants will be on hand at each parking area during commencement. Parking is available for persons with disabilities displaying a handicap hang tag, decal, or license plate. Please let the parking attendent directing traffic know you need parking for persons with disabilities and you will be directed to the correct lot.

Commissioning Services are handled by each school individually. To find out about your school’s commissioning services, click here.

Regalia

No. All graduates must purchase and wear the standard regalia offered by a regalia company of the university’s choice (Oak Hall). In addition to regalia, men should wear a shirt and tie but no jacket and ladies should wear dresses or skirts and comfortable shoes (heels or flats). Comfortable shoes are essential for graduates as there will be significant periods of standing. Please be advised that men will need to remove their caps during prayer.

Please note that graduates may not alter or decorate their regalia, including caps. Graduates may not carry handbags or other personal items, banners, placards, etc. A small camera is permissible. Please keep in mind that you will not return to your initial seat after you cross the stage.

Undergraduate Latin honors recipients will be awarded an honor stole to wear with their regalia. Additionally, students who have served in elected positions for the Council of Graduate Students, Regent Undergraduate Council, or the College Student Leadership Board may wear the recognition cords provided by the University if they completed their term of office or left the position in good standing. These honor stoles and recognition cords are given during regalia distribution. Active duty military and veterans receive recognition cords from the Military Affairs Office. Members of the following university-sanctioned academic honor societies may wear their organization’s approved honor cord only – no additional pins, tassels, stoles, medallions or other insignia are permitted. Honor Society students are responsible for ordering their own cords.

Approved honor societies: Alpha Phi Sigma, Beta Phi, Chi Sigma Iota, Lambda Pi Eta, Phi Alpha Delta, Pi Alpha Alpha, Pi Sigma Alpha, Psi Chi, Sigma Tau Delta, Sigma Beta Delta

Graduates must wear the standard regalia from Oak Hall. The Oak Hall website is no longer open for regalia orders. For approved graduates who did not order online, extra regalia will be available for purchase during the pick-up dates and times listed below. We will not “reserve” regalia for those who did not order from the Oak Hall website. Graduates may not alter or decorate their regalia, including caps.

Pick-up dates, times, and location are as follows:

Tuesday, May 2, 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Fountain View Room, Student Center

Wednesday, May 3, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Fountain View Room, Student Center

Thursday, May 4, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Fountain View Room, Student Center

Friday, May 5, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Fountain View Room, Student Center

Regalia may also be picked up the morning of Commencement, beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the Fountain View Room; however, you are strongly encouraged to pick up your regalia in advance.

No. Regalia (caps, gowns, hoods and tassels) must be picked up at the Regent University campus. You must present a picture ID to pick up your regalia. Regalia will only be released to someone other than the graduate if the graduate has submitted prior written consent to the Registrar’s Office. Emailed consent must be sent from the graduate’s Regent email account.

Pick-up dates, times, and location are as follows:

Tuesday, May 2, 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Fountain View Room, Student Center

Wednesday, May 3, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Fountain View Room, Student Center

Thursday, May 4, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Fountain View Room, Student Center

Friday, May 5, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Fountain View Room, Student Center

Regalia may also be picked up the morning of Commencement, beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the Fountain View Room; however, you are strongly encouraged to pick up your regalia in advance.

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Graduates who have ordered regalia but are unable to pick up their regalia during distribution hours may designate someone to pick up their regalia on their behalf. In order to do so, please fax (757.352.4033) or drop off (SC 218) a signed permission letter to the Registrar’s Office. The letter must specify your name, your student ID or DOB, and the name of the individual being permitted to pick up your regalia. We will not accept typed or cursive font signatures. Alternately, you can send your consent via email from your Regent email account to registrar@regent.edu. Please be sure that you inform the individual picking up your regalia that s/he will be asked to present photo ID.

Men should wear a shirt and tie but no jacket and ladies should wear dresses or skirts. All graduates should wear comfortable shoes (heels or flats). Graduates spend a significant amount of time standing. Please be advised that men will need to remove their caps during prayer.

Graduates may not carry handbags or other personal items, banners, placards, etc. A small camera is permissible. Please keep in mind that you will not return to your initial seat after you cross the stage. Graduates will be shaking hands, receiving a scroll, and having a picture taken while crossing the stage, so we ask that you leave personal items with one of your guests.

Regent University’s colors are kelly green and royal blue.

Guests

For commencement, there is no limit; however, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis so guests should arrive early. Please contact your school for information on the number of guests you may invite to your commissioning service.

Guests will be able to view the ceremony via closed-circuit TV in Robertson Hall (family-friendly) or the Chapel. Signs will be present in the lobbies of both buildings.

Elderly guests may prefer to view the ceremony indoors via closed-circuit TV in Robertson Hall or the Chapel.

Yes. Regent provides an interpreter and special seating for deaf guests at the commencement ceremony. Seating for the deaf is located to the right of the graduate seating (when facing the stage) and will be labeled.

Attendants will be on hand at each parking area during commencement. Parking is available for persons with disabilities displaying a hang tag, decal, or license plate. Please let the parking attendant directing traffic know you need parking for persons with disabilities and you will be directed to the correct lot.

Shuttles will be available to transport graduates and guests who park in the main visitor parking lot (Lot “L” by the Communications building) and the Amerigroup parking lot to the shuttle stop closest to the ceremony.

 

Guests with disabilities or limited mobility may sit in any of the guest seating areas. All chairs are easily moved to accommodate wheelchairs and ushers will be moving through the seating areas to assist guests as needed; however, Regent is unable to provide wheelchairs for guests. Guests may also watch the ceremony on closed-circuit TV Robertson Hall or the Chapel.

After the Commencement ceremony, golf cart stations will be set up to help transport guests requiring special accommodations. The locations will be clearly labeled.

Regent welcomes families to commencement, and guests with children may sit in any of the guest seating areas. All chairs are easily moved and ushers will be moving through the seating areas to assist guests as needed. We do ask that guests be careful not to block the aisles with strollers.

Guests with children may also watch the ceremony on closed-circuit TV in Robertson Hall. In addition, Robertson Hall will have a family-friendly room for children who may need some space to move, as well as a room for mothers and infants. There will signs in the lobby to indicate where to go.

Reservations for The Founders Inn, located on the Regent University campus, may be made by calling 757.366.5700 or 1.800.926.4466. Additionally, a list of nearby hotels is available for the convenience of Regent graduates and their families.

The Swan Terrace at The Founders Inn usually offers a luncheon buffet for graduates and their families. The Regent Ordinary is typically open as well.

Please also visit Café Moka in the Student Center (#5 on the campus map), our on-campus specialty coffee shop, which serves handcrafted coffee and coffee-based beverages.

Diplomas and Miscellaneous

Commencement announcements, diploma frames, and class rings can be ordered through Herff Jones.

Doctoral and Juris Doctor diplomas are 15″x20″. The diplomas for bachelor’s and master’s programs, the Ed.S., the LL.M., and all certificate programs are 11″x14″. The A.A. diploma is 8.5″x11″. All diplomas are printed in portrait (vertical) orientation.

No. Degrees are posted after final grades are issued and verification of all graduation requirements has been completed. Students receive an automatic email notification when their degree is posted. Final transcripts are sent once your degree is posted, and diploma orders are submitted on the last business day of each month. Diplomas are sent directly to the graduate from the printer and typically take 4-6 weeks from the date of the order to arrive.

Please visit the Registrar’s Office website for more diploma information.

Use #regentgrad17 and you may have your photo, tweet, etc. displayed on the big screen prior to the ceremony. Search for #regentgrad17 across social media to see what others are posting.

You can reach the Alumni Relations office by phone at 757.352.4122 or by email. You can also stay connected by registering with the Regent online community.

All pending graduates currently have access to www.regentalumni.org. The community provides students and alumni with social networking tools, job listings, alumni directories, and other resources. To start taking advantage of these tools, please visit the website and follow the instructions for first time login. If you have any issues or need assistance please contact Michelle McGrath at mmcgrath@regent.edu or 757.352.4122.