School of Law Commissioning Service 2017


Location: University Chapel

Date & Time: Friday, May 5, 2017, 8:30-11 am.

Guest Seating: 7:45 am

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.

To commission someone is “to entrust, or to give authority” or “to appoint or assign to a task or function.” Within the context of our graduation, Commissioning is a sacred and holy time of worship, consecration, reflection, prayer and anointing.

The service was live streamed.

Information for Graduates


The Ceremony will begin promptly at 8:30 am. Graduates are to arrive at the chapel no later than 7:30 am. A class photo will be taken at 7:45 am.


The University is asking graduates to RSVP for Commencement and Commissioning via Genisys no later than Saturday, April 15th. Please follow the following instructions:

  1. Log in to Genisys through the MyRegent Portal
  2. Select the “Student Services & Financial Aid” tab
  3. Click “Commencement & Commissioning RSVPs
  4. Follow the prompts to let us know whether you will participate in one or both events. (Please Note: Only students who have submitted a graduation application will be able to RSVP. Alumni who graduated prior to Fall 2016 or students who no longer have access to Genisys may RSVP by completing the RSVP Form included in the email they received from the Registrar’s Office and sending it to the Registrar’s Office. Emails from students cannot be accepted as RSVPs unless accompanied by the signed RSVP Form).
  5. Please also indicate if Special Accommodations are required for each event (for graduates only).
  6. Click Submit to complete both the Commencement and Commissioning RSVP processes.

Due to the space availability in the chapel, each graduate will be limited to 5 guests. Please contact Mary Bunch ( if you need additional seating.

For your planning purposes please note:

  • JD, LL.M., and M.A. graduates may participate in the ceremony.
  • If you have a guest that needs handicapped seating or requires a sign language interpreter, please contact Mary Bunch,, so arrangements can be made.
  • If you are a graduate and need special accommodations, please contact Mary Bunch,

All graduates must purchase and wear regalia from Oak Hall. Regalia orders will be accepted until Friday, April 7, 2017. All graduates are required to wear the designated Oak Hall “Green Weaver” souvenir cap and gown. All regalia will be delivered to Regent and will be distributed on campus prior to Commencement. University-approved honor cords/stoles are the only additional embellishment permitted to be worn at the ceremony. Check the Commencement FAQs to confirm whether or not your organization is sanctioned by Regent to wear cords. Regalia must be picked up on campus at the Student Center with a picture ID. (Regalia cannot be mailed out on an individual basis.) Regalia will only be released to someone other than the graduate if the graduate has submitted prior written consent to the Registrar’s Office via email. Emailed consent must be sent from the graduate’s Regent email account.

Please dress appropriately for Law Commissioning, no shorts, flip flops, etc. You will pick up your black regalia robe, hood, cap, and tassel when you pick up your regalia from the Registrar’s office. Visit the University Graduation 2017 Important Information page for pickup times/locations. Wear your robe and bring your hood with you to the ceremony. Staff members will assist you with folding your hood appropriately. You will process in carrying your hood and during the hooding portion of the ceremony you will present it on stage to the faculty hooder.

Caps and tassels will not be used during the Commissioning Ceremony, but you will need them for the Saturday Commencement/Graduation.

Handicapped seating within the Chapel will be the front section to the right (the wing area). If you enter through the parking lot behind the Chapel, it is on the same side of the building as the posted handicapped parking signs. Guests may access the bathrooms by going through the door marked as the Groom’s Room. Bathrooms are also located in the lobby of the Chapel building.

Directions, Hotel & Parking

From Interstate 64 (East or West)

Take Indian River Road East, exit 286B, turn right at Centerville Turnpike, then right onto CBN Center Drive. The Communication & Performing Arts Center parking lot is on your left.

Limited visitor parking is available throughout campus.

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, take advantage of Norfolk International Airport (ORF), which offers convenient connections to most major U.S. airports.

Regent University is located in the Hampton Roads area in the city of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Street Address: 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA, 23464

Founders Inn and Spa

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.

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.

Please encourage your guests to carpool and arrive on time. Ceremonies will be occurring throughout the day and although ours is early in the morning, arriving late may create a hardship in finding a parking spot. Please tell your guests that they should not park in numbered or reserved areas, including the CBN parking lots.

Commencement 2017

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