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Graduation 2016 Important Information

Commencement ceremonies for 2016 will take place Saturday, May 7, 2016.

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

  1. Fulfill your degree/certificate requirements.
    • Check with your academic advisor to see if your Approved Degree Program (ADP) is complete.
  2. Submit your Graduation Application opens in new browser window 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

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

    Certificate applications opens in new browser window are accepted year round. 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.
  3. 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 - Law, Ed.S. and all Doctorate
    • $60 - All Other Degrees
    • $30 - Certificates
  4. 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. Complete your Student Loan Exit Counseling opens in new browser window.

    If you have questions, please contact Central Financial Aid at 757.352.4125 or
  5. Order regalia. All graduates must purchase and wear regalia from Oak Hall. Regalia orders for the 2015 Commencement ceremony will be accepted in early 2016. Check back for more information.
  6. RSVP for participation in commencement and commissioning. All students who have submitted a graduation application must RSVP for commencement. The Registrar's Office will begin accepting 2016 Commencement RSVPs in early 2016. An email with RSVP instructions will be sent to all prospective graduates once the Registrar's Office begins accepting RSVPs. Check back at a later date for more information.

    You must RSVP for your commissioning service separately. Commissioning dates and times are determined by the individual schools.
  7. 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.
  8. Attend Commissioning and Commencement. Commencement 2016 will be held on the Regent University campus in Virginia Beach on Saturday, May 7, 2016. The processional begins promptly at 9:15 a.m., so make sure you arrive to line up no later than 8:30 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. Report directly to your row assignment (given to you with your regalia). Graduates may not carry handbags or other personal items, banners, placards, etc. A small camera is permissible. Be aware that you will not return to your original seat after crossing the stage. Immediately after Commencement, there will be an outdoor cookies and punch reception for graduates and guests. Prospective graduates should regularly check their Regent email account in 2016 for email communications regarding Commencement. Please be sure that you have migrated your Regent email account to Regent Apps opens in new browser window.

    All graduates will have their pictures taken at Commencement with the opportunity to view and purchase images following the ceremony. Grad Images will be taking your picture as you cross the stage and before you return to your seat.

    Flowers and t-shirts listing graduate names will be available for purchase on site at Commencement through the Student Activities Board. More information will be provided at a later date.

    Each school will conduct individual commissioning activities prior to Commencement.

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