Commencement Frequently Asked Questions
Ceremonies and Logistics
- When are the commencement and commissioning ceremonies?
- How long does commencement last?
- Where will commencement be held?
- Where do I park?
- Where are the restrooms located?
- How will I know if the commencement ceremony has been moved to the alternate site?
- How do I RSVP for commencement and my commissioning ceremony?
- I am a graduate with a special need. Do I need to request accommodations?
- When and where is my school's commissioning service?
- May I wear my own cap and gown for the graduation ceremonies?
- May I wear my honor society insignia?
- When and how should I order my regalia?
- Will my regalia be shipped to me?
- What should I wear under my regalia?
- What are Regent University's colors?
- How many guests may I invite?
- Will there be overflow seating?
- My grandparents are coming to commencement, and they can't take the heat. What kind of arrangements will be made for them?
- Will there be an interpreter for deaf guests?
- My family member has a special need. What information do I need to tell them?
- My guests are bringing children. What information do I need to tell them?
- Where/how can I reserve hotel rooms for my family?
- How can I make lunch reservations for my guests at the Founders Inn buffet?
Diplomas and Miscellaneous
- How do I order announcements and my diploma frame?
- What are the dimensions of my diploma?
- Will I receive my diploma at commencement?
- I have other diploma-related questions. Where should I look?
- What is Regent's hashtag for Commencement?
- What is the best way to stay in touch with the university after graduation?
Commencement is Saturday, May 7, 2016, 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.
Each school will conduct individual commissioning activities prior to Commencement.
We anticipate that the ceremony will last until approximately 12:00 p.m.
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. Persons with disabilities displaying a Handicapped license plate or hangtag may park in the Communication North or Divinity lots. The library lot will be 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.
If severe weather is anticipated, call the Regent Hotline at 757.352.4777 for a recorded message or go to the Regent website. Guests at The Founders Inn and Spa will be given a written notice at their doors.
All students who have submitted a graduation application must RSVP for commencement. The Registrar's Office will begin accepting 2017 Commencement RSVPs in early 2017. 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.
If you are a graduate with a special need, please 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. Commencement parking for persons with disabilities and those with limited mobility will be available at the Communication North or Divinity parking lots, and anyone with a handicap hang tag, decal, or license plate will be allowed entrance by the parking attendant.
The Registrar's Office does not handle commissioning services nor do they accept RSVPs for commissioning services. Also, please note: you must RSVP for commissioning and commencement separately. To find out about your school's commissioning services, click here .
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.
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 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. We will not "reserve" regalia for those who did not order from the Oak Hall website. Payment for regalia may be made by check (made out to Oak Hall) or cash.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
For commencement, there is no limit; however, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis so guests should arrive early. Tickets will only be issued for the inclement weather location in the event that the ceremony is relocated due to severe weather. 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 Divinity Chapel. Signs will be present in the lobbies of both buildings.
My grandparents are coming to commencement, and they can't take the heat. What kind of arrangements will be made for them?
Elderly guests may prefer to view the ceremony indoors via closed-circuit TV in Robertson Hall or the Divinity 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. Commencement parking for persons with disabilities and those with limited mobility will be available at the Divinity Building lot (Lot "N"), the Communications North lot (Lot "K") and the lower area of the Communications lot (Lot "L"). Anyone with a handicap hang tag, decal, or license plate will be allowed entrance by the parking attendant. Students who have a guest with a handicap hang tag, decal, or license plate may also pick up a handicap parking pass during regalia distribution.
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. Guests may also watch the ceremony on closed-circuit TV Robertson Hall or the Divinity 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. Read more about The Founders Inn here. 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. Details TBA.
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.
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 email@example.com or 757.352.4122.