College of Arts & Sciences Commissioning Service 2017


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.

Information for Graduates

Time (pm) Event
3:30 Graduates check-in at Welcome Center Lobby, the building next to the Regent University Chapel (#6 on the map)
4:30 Commissioning Service

Deadline for RSVP

April 15

Steps to RSVP for Commencement & Commissioning

  • Login to Genisys, and click the Student Services & Financial Aid tab at the top of the page.
  • Select the Commencement & Commissioning RSVPs link.
  • If you have applied to graduate in Fall 2016, Spring 2017, or Summer 2017, you will be directed to the May 2017 Commencement RSVP page.  If you have not applied, you will not be permitted to RSVP through Genisys.
    • If you completed all academic graduation requirements in Summer 2016 but did not participate in the May 2016 commencement ceremony, please complete this form.
  • Select Yes if you plan to participate in the Commencement (only) on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Select No if you will not participate in the Saturday Commencement.
  • If attending Commencement, please also indicate if Special Accommodations are required (for graduates only).
  • Click Submit to proceed to the Commissioning RSVP.


Deadline for regalia orders

Graduates must order regalia online through Oak Hall by April 7. Graduates should not contact the Registrar’s Office or the College of Arts and Sciences to order regalia.

Picking Up Regalia

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 Graduates must send this written consent from their Regent email account.

Regalia will be available during the following times:

  • Tuesday, May 2nd, 1:00pm-7:00pm
  • Wednesday, May 3rd, 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Thursday, May 4th, 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Friday, May 5th, 8:00am – 5:00pm

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.

Proper Attire (Under Regalia)

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.

Ceremony Decorum

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:

  • Talking or cheering at inappropriate times
  • Changing seats or needlessly moving
  • Using cell phones or other mobile technology for any reason
  • Any other activities that would infringe upon other graduates’ enjoyment of the ceremony

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.

The registration form offers a field to indicate whether the graduates or their guests need special accommodations for seating. Please contact with questions.

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.

Directions, Hotel & Parking

To Event Parking – From Interstate 64 (East or West) 

Address: 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA, 23464

  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 event signage will guide you to your final destination.

Other Travel Options

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.


Located on Regent University’s Campus ( )
5641 Indian River Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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.


  • 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


  • 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.

Commencement 2017

Commencement 2017 is scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2017.