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Fall 2019 Commencement

Fall Commencement

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.

The Service of Consecration is rooted deep in the history of Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU). According to available records, our founder and namesake, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, created the Service of Consecration as a sacred time of recommitment in the 1930’s. Today, the Service of Consecration is a sacred worship experience for our graduates; a worship service designed to give graduating seniors the opportunity to recommit their lives and be consecrated for future service to God. It is time we ask God to anoint and bless our graduates. At the conclusion of the Service of Consecration, the platform guests, faculty, and candidates will march to the gravesite 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 indoors.   

FALL 2019 COMMENCEMENT CALENDAR

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2019

5:00 P.M. Rehearsal for the Service of Consecration
Location: Gertrude Hotchkiss Heyn Chapel, White Hall
Location for line-up – Band Room (Music Building)

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2019

5:00 P.M. Senior Class Annual Tree Planting Ceremony
Location: Dr. Ann Taylor Green General Studies Building
Location for line-up – Band Room (Music Building)
7:00 P.M. Service of Consecration
Location: Gertrude Hotchkiss Heyn Chapel, White Hall
Location for line-up – Band Room (Music Building)
Candlelight Wreath Laying Ceremony
(Immediately following the Service of Consecration)

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2019

7:00 P.M.  Nursing Pinning Ceremony
Location: Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center –
President’s Banquet Room

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2019

11:00 A.M. Rehearsal for the Commencement Ceremony
Location: Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center
4:00 P.M. President’s Reception in Honor of Graduates
Location: Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2019

10:00 A.M. Commencement Ceremony
Location: Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center
Location for line-up – Fine Arts Building – 8 am
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