Graduation Information: May Commencement

May Commencement Ceremonies

The two graduation ceremonies will be on Saturday, May 9 at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in Moody Coliseum.  

  1. 11:00 a.m. ceremony includes the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
  2. 3:00 p.m. ceremony includes the College of Biblical Studies (CBS); College of Business Administration (CBA); the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing (NURS) and College of Education and Human Services (CEHS) 


The rehearsals for master's and doctoral candidates will be held one hour before each ceremony (10:00 a.m. for the 11:00 a.m. ceremony; 2:00 p.m. for the 3:00 p.m. ceremony). Come dressed for commencement.  Guests should proceed directly to Moody Coliseum.


The Alumni Association is hosting receptions in honor of graduates and their families.  The receptions will be in the Mall Area in GATA Fountain area immediately following each commencement ceremony.


Caps, Gowns, and Hoods

Regalia for Master's candidates may be purchased from the The ACU Campus Store for $72 plus tax.  Regalia for Doctoral candidates may be purchased for $139.99 plus tax.  The cap, gown, and hood are yours to keep with this purchase. 

Pick up times in the The ACU Campus Store are May 6-10. If you are unable to pick up your regalia during these hours, please contact The ACU Campus Store at 325-674-2524 by May 1 to make other arrangements. 

Remember:  Check your regalia for tassel and hood color before coming to the rehearsal.

  • DMin (Doctor of Ministry) - Scarlet
  • MA (Arts) - White
  • MAcc (Accounting) - Tan
  • MACM (Arts in Christian Ministry) - Scarlet
  • MAR (Arts in Religion) - Scarlet
  • MDiv (Divinity) - Scarlet
  • MEd (Education) - Light Blue
  • MLA (Liberal Arts) - White
  • MMFT (Marriage & Family Therapy) - Scarlet
  • MS (Science) - Golden Yellow
  • MSN (Nursing) - Apricot
  • MSSW (Social Work) - Citron



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Pronunciation of Names

The correct pronunciation of your name is important.  We will go over the correct pronunciation of everyone's name during rehearsal.


A professional photographer will take a picture as each candidate is on stage.  Proofs and order information will be mailed after graduation.


Transcripts, Diplomas, and Degree Posting

Transcripts:  Financial accounts must be cleared prior to graduation in order for transcripts to be released.  Contact Student Financial Services to arrange your exit interview.  Also check to be sure that all requirements have been met and the degree has been posted before ordering a transcript indicating an earned degree.

Diplomas:  Diplomas will be mailed within two months following commencement.  The Graduate School must certify that all graduation requirements have been met before diplomas are ordered.

Degree Posting:  Degrees are posted upon completion of all requirements.  All grades must be posted and completed theses must be turned in to the Graduate School before your degree will be posted.

*If your address changes after graduation, it is your responsibility to notify the Graduate School Office!


2015 Calendar of Graduate Commencement Events

February 1 - Intent to Graduate form due to the Graduate School Office
April 3 - Thesis Defense Deadline
April 10 - Comprehensive exam deadline
March 1 - Commencement Information form due to the Graduate School office
May 9 - May Graduation

  • 10:00 a.m. Rehearsal (Moody Room 135)
  • 11:00 a.m. Ceremony for CAS (Moody Coliseum)
  • Reception immediately following (GATA Fountain Mall Area)
  • 2:00 p.m. Rehearsal (Moody Room 135)
  • 3:00 p.m. Ceremony for CBS, CBA, CEHS, and NURS (Moody Coliseum)
  • Reception immediately following (GATA Fountain Mall Area)


For additional information and FAQ's, please visit the Undergraduate Commencement page. For questions regarding graduation, please contact the Graduate School at 325-674-2223 or

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