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Spring 2019 Commencement

Spring Commencement

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 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.  

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.


Friday, May 3, 2018

Senior Class Annual Tree Planting Ceremony
Time: 12:00 P.M.  
Location: Dr. Ann Taylor Green General Studies Building

Rehearsal Schedule 

Service of Consecration (rehearsal)
Time: Monday, May 6, 2019, at 5:00 P.M.
Location: Band Room 

Commencement (rehearsal)
Time: Friday, May 10, 2019, at 11:00 A.M.
Location: Performing Arts Center (PAC)

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 

Service of Consecration
Time: 7:00 P.M. (Line formation begins in the band room)
Location: Gertrude Hotchkiss Heyn Chapel, White Hall

Speaker: Reverend Dr. Darian Mitchell, Bethune-Cookman University Graduate

Candlelight Wreath Laying Ceremony
(Immediately following the Service of Consecration)

Thursday, May 9, 2019 

Nursing Pinning Ceremony
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Location: Gertrude Hotchkiss Heyn Chapel, White Hall

Friday, May 10, 2019

President’s Day Party Honoring Graduating Seniors
Time: 2:00 - 6:00 P.M.  
Location: Holmes Building Entrance / Lobby 

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Commencement Ceremony (First)
Time: 9:00 A.M. 
Location: Performing Arts Center (PAC) - Graduating Schools: 

  • Rufus L. and Janice M. Wilson College of Liberal Arts
  • School of Nursing

Speaker: Atty. Benjamin Crump

Commencement Ceremony (Second)
Time: 3:00 P.M. 
Location: Performing Arts Center (PAC) - Graduating Schools:

  • School of Graduate Studies                                            
  • Joe and Barbara Petrock College of Health Sciences
  • La-Doris McClaney School of Performing Arts and Communications
  • Bishop Cornelius and Dorothye Henderson School of Religion
  • College of Business and Entrepreneurship
  • College of Education
  • College of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Bob Billingslea School of Hospitality Management

Speaker: Ms. Johanna LeBlanc, M.S., J.D., L.L.M., Bethune-Cookman University Graduate

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