Spring Commencement 2017

Bethune-Cookman University is a church-affiliated institution founded by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune on the principles of her faith in God. The Service of Consecration is a sacred worship experience of consecration when we ask God to anoint and bless all graduates. At the end of the Service of Consecration, the platform guests, faculty, and candidates will march to the statue of our founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, for a Candlelight Wreath Laying Ceremony. In the event of rain, the wreath laying ceremony will be held inside the Bethune Performing Arts Center.

Commencement is a formal ceremony to celebrate the candidates' commissioning into a new mission (undertaking) of life. Bethune-Cookman University develops graduates who are honorable, democratic citizens capable of making worthwhile contributions to society. The University expects its graduates to uphold the highest moral and ethical standards set forth by our founder Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune by practicing self-discipline throughout the graduation activities. Only those students who have completed all requirements for graduation from Bethune-Cookman University may participate.

Please review the Graduation checklist to ensure you are properly prepared for commencement. 

Spring Commencement Speaker  - TBA

2017 Spring Commencement Calendar

FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017

11:00 a.m.  Rehearsal for The Service of Consecration
Location: Candidates meet in the Band Room (Music Building)

MONDAY, MAY 8, 2017

5:00 p.m.  Candidates Meet in the Bandroom for Line-Up (Music Building)
7:00 p.m.  The Service of Consecration
Location: Gertrude Hotchkiss Heyn, Chapel, White Hall
The Candlelight Wreath Laying Ceremony
(Immediately following the Service of Consecration)

TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2017

Rehearsal for the Commencement Ceremony
9:00 A.M. - Deans
9:30 A.M. - Faculty Marshals and Volunteers 
10:00 A.M. - Candidates
Location: The Ocean Center Daytona Beach
101 North Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
4:00 P.M. The President’s Reception in Honor of Graduates
Location:  Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center
7:00 p.m.  The School of Nursing Pinning Convocation
Location: Gertrude Hotchkiss Heyn, Chapel, White Hall


12:00 NOON The Commencement Ceremony
Candidates are to arrive at the Ocean Center at 9:00 a.m.
Location: The Ocean Center Daytona Beach
101 North Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
Doors will open to the General Public at 10:00 a.m. Please note that seating will not be available until the doors to the Arena open at 11:00 a.m.