Location: Regent University Chapel (#6 on the map)
Date & Time: Friday, May 5, 2017, 4:30 pm
Guest Seating: Doors will open into the chapel at 3:30 pm
Congratulations! You have made it to graduation! We are excited that you have decided to join us for our Commissioning Service and look forward to meeting your families and friends.
Commissioning is a sacred service dedicated to worship, prayer and anointing. Commissioning means “to grant authority,” “to entrust,” or “to appoint or assign a task or function.” This special ceremony commissions our graduates to take their training into the world and make a difference for Christ.
Please note: Graduates must RSVP; seating for guests must be reserved during the Commissioning RSVP process.
The service was live streamed.
Neither Regent nor Oak Hall will ship regalia to graduates. Graduates must present their picture ID to pick up their regalia (caps, gowns, and tassels) in the Fountain View Room of the Regent Ordinary (#5 on the map).
The Registrar’s staff will only release regalia to someone other than the graduate if they have received prior written consent from the graduate at firstname.lastname@example.org. Graduates must send this written consent from their Regent email account.
Regalia will be available during the following times:
Graduates not attending the Commissioning Service may pick up their regalia the morning of Commencement, beginning at 8 am; however, they are strongly encouraged to pick up their regalia in advance.
Graduates must wear all regalia for the service, including their caps, gowns, and any University-provided Honors regalia. Gentlemen should wear button-down dress shirts and ties with dark trousers and dress shoes. Ladies should wear a dress, a skirt or dress pants and comfortable dress shoes. Please note that this service will involve extensive standing, walking across brick pathways, and walking upstairs. Absolutely no sneakers, jeans, or t-shirts are permitted. Please be advised that men will need to remove their caps during prayer.
As a Regent University College of Arts and Sciences graduate, we trust that your participation at the Commissioning Service will reflect the dignity, decorum, and gracious order, which a ceremony of this nature requires. You will be guided in correct protocol throughout the ceremony by listening to directions from the Master of Ceremonies at the service, and by following the specific directions of the ushers and staff at all times. Please view this video prior to arriving for the event. Further, please refrain from any of the following disruptive/disrespectful behavior:
Graduates will not be permitted to carry anything, including purses, bags, umbrellas, or cameras into the ceremony. Graduates should leave all belongings in their vehicles or with their guests. There is no place to store belongings prior to or during the service. Regent University is not responsible for lost or stolen belongings.
Graduates do not need tickets; however, due to limited seating, graduates must reserve seats/tickets for their guests. Each graduate can reserve up to three seats/tickets. Graduates can request extra seats/tickets through the registration form. Reservations for guest seating will be held under the graduate’s name at the entrance to the Chapel’s sanctuary. Physical tickets are not necessary.
Graduates can order commencement announcements and class rings through Herff Jones. For information on ordering a diploma frame, go to the Regent Bookstore website and scroll to the bottom, then click on “Design Your Diploma Frame.” The diplomas for Bachelor’s programs are 11″x14″. The A.A. and A.S. diplomas are 8.5″x11″. All diplomas are printed in portrait (vertical) orientation.
Regent is easily accessible from both the Norfolk International Airport and the Greyhound Bus Terminal, both just 15 minutes away.
If traveling to Virginia Beach by air, you may take advantage of Norfolk International Airport (ORF), which offers convenient connections to most major U.S. airports. You may also choose to fly in to Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, located just 35 miles from campus.
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Commencement 2017 is scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2017.