May 2018 Commencement

Visit the streaming page to watch the graduation events online.

Dear graduates, family, and friends: The following information is to help you plan for graduation weekend.  Tickets are not required for May graduation. The May 2017 graduation program is available here. The new program will be available online as soon as it is completed, which will be approximately mid-April of 2018.

May 4, 2018
Graduate Breakfast, 8:00a.m., Collegedale Church Fellowship Hall
Graduation Practice, 9:00a.m., Iles P.E. Center
Social Work Pinning, 6 p.m., Ackerman Auditorium
Rho Iota Induction, 4:00 p.m., Lynn Wood Hall Auditorium
Sigma Beta Delta Induction, 6:00 p.m., Collegedale Church Gospel Chapel
Consecration, 8 p.m., Collegedale Church

May 5, 2018

Sabbath School, 10 a.m., Chattanooga Convention Center
Baccalaureate, 11:00 a.m., Chattanooga Convention Center
School of Education and Psychology Dedication, 4 p.m., Collegedale Community Church
School of Nursing Dedication, 7 p.m., Chattanooga Convention Center

May 6, 2018
Commencement, 9:30 a.m., Chattanooga Convention Center (The Convention Center does not allow Helium balloons inside the facility due to potential hazards to their ventilation system. Those who break the restriction will be fined $200. Please make sure your family and friends are aware of this rule.)
For a map of the facility and the locations where each school or department will be meeting after the recessional, click here
Instructions given to students at Graduation Practice will be available in .pdf form, for the benefit of those who may not be able to attend the practice. Please check this site closer to the date for the pdf.

Graduation events will be streamed. More information will be provided as it becomes available. 

Cafeteria hours - Graduation Weekend
Friday, May 4, 2018
Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00pm
Supper: 5:00 - 5:30pm

Saturday, May 5, 2018
Lunch: 1:00 - 2:30pm
Supper: 6:00 - 7:00pm

Sunday, May 6, 2018
CLOSED

Deli at Village Market

Friday, May 4, 2018
Breakfast: 7:00 - 10:00am
Lunch: 10:30 - 3:00pm (Friday till 2:00pm)
Salad Bar: 7:00am - 7:00pm (Mon-Thurs; Friday till 2:00pm)

Saturday, May 5, 2018
CLOSED

Sunday, May 6, 2018
Brunch: 8:00a - 2:00p
Salad Bar: 8:00a - 3pm
To find out about a pre-paid "debit" card to use at the cafeteria, contact ID Card Services (before Noon on Friday, May 4) at: 423.236.2707

GradImages

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GradImages is the official photographer for our Commencement. Proofs will be sent to your home and via email within three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone or by mail. Graduation Images can be contacted at 800-261-2576 or via email at www.gradimages.com.

Registering your graduate with GradImages provides them with the information they need to deliver your graduation proofs to you in a timely manner. Giving them an accurate mailing address and email address will allow them to get your proofs to you on the first try. You may also provide them with email addresses of up to six friends and family members to allow them to celebrate in the accomplishment.

Information for graduates»

Dear Graduate:

We are delighted that you have arrived at this point and that you are prepared to enter into a life of service for your Creator. The faculty has evaluated your work, the records office has verified you have met graduation requirements for your respective degrees, and the moment has arrived.  Our prayer for you as graduates is that daily you will live the mission of Southern Adventist University by modeling Christ-likeness, pursuing truth and wholeness, and engaging in a life of service. 

The information found below will help you prepare to participate in graduation ceremonies and will also provide you with information your families and friends will need to know if they plan to join you at graduation (in person or over the Internet via web streaming).

Sincerely,
Robert Young
Senior VP for Academic Administration

Spring 2018 Graduation Schedule

  • Graduate Breakfast: Friday, May 4, 8:00 a.m., Collegedale Church Fellowship Hall. Come and go breakfast for graduates only. The Alumni Office provides this meal.

  • Graduation Practice: Friday, May 4, 9:00 a.m., Iles PE Center -- It is important that you attend the practice on Friday a.m. Detailed instructions will be given regarding the procedures for Sunday morning. We will not have an opportunity to practice at the Convention Center, so you need to know in what order you will be marching and find out who will be sitting next to you.

  • Social Work Pinning: 6:00 p.m., Friday, May 4, Ackerman Auditorium. 
  • Rho Iota Induction: 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 4, Lynn Wood Hall Auditorium
  • Consecration: 8:00 p.m., Friday, May 4, Collegedale Church. 
  • Sabbath School:10:00 a.m., Sabbath, May 5, Chattanooga Convention Center, Downtown Chattanooga (1150 Carter Street). (NOTE: It takes approximately 30 minutes to drive from Southern's campus. The class officers and sponsors plan the program.)
  • Baccalaureate:11:00 a.m., Sabbath, May 5, Chattanooga Convention Center.
  • Education/Psychology Dedication: 4:00 p.m., Sabbath, May 5, Collegedale Community Church. Special video presentation honoring students is part of the program.
  • Nursing Dedication: 7:00 p.m., Sabbath, May 5, Chattanooga Convention Center. 
  • Commencement: 9:30 a.m., Sunday, May 6, Chattanooga Convention Center, Downtown Chattanooga (1150 Carter Street). Graduates need to go Halls C-D by 8:30 a.m. and no later than 9:00am to line up.  Be sure to bring regalia (gown, cap, tassel and hood) as it is required to march.  Please allow enough time to drive, park and be at the appropriate place on time. PLEASE NOTE: the Convention Center does NOT allow helium balloons in their facility. They will fine those who break this restriction $200 for bringing them inside.

 

Regalia

Order regalia (gown, cap, hood, tassel) at www.cbgrad.com before April 16. Orders after that date may incur an extra cost to receive your regalia on time. Being a celebration of your academic achievements, you are not allowed to march with items beyond items through your academic department. If your parents have flowers or wreaths for you, do not hold or carry them during the service. There will not be room for these extra items in your seating area, and it creates a risk that others could trip over or step on your special memento(s). Please also note that Southern's official dress code still applies.

ID Required for Line-up Area

In an effort to provide security and safety in the graduate line-up area, we are asking all graduates to please bring a form of ID (either Southern ID or Driver’s License) with you, in order to enter the line-up area in Hall C-D. You may want to arrive a little earlier, in case this causes some delay. For those who may not have pockets in which to carry your ID, a lanyard will be provided at the check-in table just inside the doors for your use. For any who may arrive late, thus missing the processional, please see the usher who will be stationed at the far left side of the stage, at the very front to help you past the barriers and to your seat. You will need to show her your ID so that she can check you in. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this entry process.

Honor Cords

Those eligible to receive honor cords should pick them up at the Records Office during test week at the posted normal working hours. (Honor cords are for Associates and Bachelors graduates.)

Class Gift - Zipper Pull Medallion

 If you have donated $20.17 or more to your class gift or any Southern program, please find Advancement staff at the graduate breakfast and/or graduation practice on Friday or prior to graduation on Sunday to receive your zipper pull medallion. If you have not already participated, click here to do so.

Graduation Party at the Convention Center

Enjoy the convenience of celebrating your graduate’s achievement with a delicious buffet luncheon, in private meeting space in the convention center, following Commencement.  Please email robberson@southern.edu to secure your reservation, including advance payment, no later than May 2. The cost of $24p/p is all inclusive. Tickets will be distributed on Sunday morning. Your payment in advance will secure the reservation, and you will be notified of the room number assigned.

Noisemakers, etc.

In our pursuit of a respectful graduation service that is honorable, respects all graduates equally, and protects guests with sensitive ears and/or hearing aids, we ask that there be no use of noisemakers or mess- making devices including but not limited to: air horns, silly string, poppers, etc. These items will be respectfully confiscated if found, and may be returned after the ceremony. Thank you for abiding by this policy and making family and friends aware of this restriction to assure a smooth, pain-free graduation service for everyone.

Parking

The Convention Center's parking garage has been reserved for graduates and guests to enjoy free parking on a first come, first served basis for Sabbath School, Baccalaureate, and Commencement services. The walk from the parking garage to where services will be held in Exhibit Hall A/B is long (south end of the building), but there is a passenger drop-off area in front of the entrance to Exhibit Hall A/B.  Directions to the Convention Center are found at the top of this page and below this information.

Photos

You will be given a 5 x 7 photograph of you receiving your diploma. A few days after graduation you will receive your print in the mail. You may pre-register your email address to receive a message letting you know when you may view additional photos taken of you at graduation and to receive a $5 off coupon on your order. See above for the registration link.

Recordings

DVD, video, and audio recordings of the services are available through the Campus Shop. Please visit www.saucampusshop.com or call 423-236-2152 to order.  These should become available a couple weeks after graduation.

Services Streamed on Web

Please tell family and friends who are unable to attend and have access to the Internet that the Consecration, Sabbath School, Baccalaureate, and the Commencement services will be streamed live. Visit the web streaming page to view the event. This web streaming page will become "live" at the time of the event.

Exit Interview

If you have a federal loan, government regulations require that you complete an exit interview. Before graduation please go to www.southern.edu/exit for instructions on completing the exit interview or visit your Student Finance Counselor.

Flowers

Spring bouquets of flowers from Grafe's Studio may be purchased at the Convention Center for $15.00 (tax included). Checks/cash/credit will be accepted. 

Lodging

Visit www.southern.edu/lodging for University rates. If you would like to stay in Ooltewah, negotiated rates are available at the Holiday Inn and Hampton Inn off Exit 11. Go to www.southern.edu/lodging for additional information.  Staybridge Suites near the Convention Center also may have negotiated rates for Southern, and reservations can be made by calling 855.743.7676.

 

Directions to Convention Center

Information for family and friends»

Spring 2018 Graduation Schedule

  • Graduate Breakfast: Friday, May 4, 8:00 a.m., Collegedale Church Fellowship Hall. Come and go breakfast for graduates only. The Alumni Offices provides this meal.
  • Graduation Practice: Friday, May 4, 9:00 a.m., Iles PE Center
  • Social Work Pinning: 6:00 p.m., Friday, May 4, Ackerman Auditorium
  • Rho Iota Induction: 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 4, Lynn Wood Hall Auditorium
  • Consecration: 8:00 p.m., Friday, May 4, Collegedale Church
  • Sabbath School:10:00 a.m., Sabbath, May 5, Chattanooga Convention Center, Downtown Chattanooga (1150 Carter Street). (NOTE: It takes approximately 30 minutes to drive from Southern's campus. The class officers and sponsors plan the program.)
  • Baccalaureate:11:00 a.m., Sabbath, May 5, Chattanooga Convention Center
  • Education/Psychology Dedication: 4:00 p.m., Sabbath, May 5, Collegedale Community Church
  • Nursing Dedication: 7:00 p.m., Sabbath, May 5, Chattanooga Convention Center
  • Commencement: 9:30 a.m., Sunday, May 6, Chattanooga Convention Center, Downtown Chattanooga (1150 Carter Street)

Regalia

Your graduate needs to order regalia (gown, cap, hood, tassel) at www.cbgrad.com before April 16. Orders after that date may incur an extra cost to receive his/her regalia on time. Being a celebration of your graduate's academic achievements, he/she is not allowed to march with items not sponsored through the academic departments. Please make sure to give flowers, wreaths, etc. to your graduate after the service since there will not be room for these extra items in the seating area, and it creates a risk that others could trip over or step on the special memento(s). 

ID Required for Line-up Area (Graduates and Faculty Only Allowed in Line-Up Area)

In an effort to provide security and safety in the graduate line-up area, your graduates must please bring a form of ID (either Southern ID or Driver’s License) with him/her, in order to enter the line-up area in Hall C-D. For those who may not have pockets in which to carry the ID, a lanyard will be provided at the check-in table just inside the doors. Any graduate who may arrive late, thus missing the processional, must please see the usher who will be stationed at the far left side of the stage, at the very front to help get past the barriers and to his/her seat.  ID will need to be shown to the usher to enter the graduate seating area. 

Graduation Party at the Convention Center

Enjoy the convenience of celebrating your graduate’s achievement with a delicious buffet luncheon, in private meeting space in the convention center, following Commencement.  Please email robberson@southern.edu to secure your reservation, including advance payment, no later than May 2. The cost of $24p/p is all inclusive. Tickets will be distributed on Sunday morning. Your payment in advance will secure the reservation and you will be notified of the room number assigned.

Noisemakers, etc.

In our pursuit of a respectful graduation service that is honorable, respects all graduates equally, and protects guests with sensitive ears and/or hearing aids, we ask that there be no use of noisemakers or mess- making devices including but not limited to: air horns, silly string, poppers, etc. These items will be respectfully confiscated if found, and may be returned after the ceremony. Thank you for abiding by this policy and making family and friends aware of this restriction to assure a smooth, pain-free graduation service for everyone.

Parking

The Convention Center's parking garage has been reserved for graduates and guests to enjoy free parking on a first come, first served basis for Sabbath School, Baccalaureate, and Commencement services. The walk from the parking garage to where services will be held in Exhibit Hall A/B is long (south end of the building), but there is a passenger drop-off area in front of the entrance to Exhibit Hall A/B.  Directions to the Convention Center are found at the top of this page and below this information.

Photos

Graduates will receive a free 5 x 7 photograph of them receiving their diploma from David Smith. A few days after graduation graduates should receive the print in the mail. If graduates pre-register an email address, they will receive a message when photos are available to be viewed online. Click on the registration link above for more information.

Recordings

DVD recordings of the services are available through the Campus Shop. Please visit www.saucampusshop.com or call 423.236.2152 to order.  These should become available a couple weeks after graduation.

Services Streamed on Web

Please tell family and friends who are unable to attend and have access to the Internet that the Consecration, Sabbath School, Baccalaureate, and the Commencement services will be streamed live. Visit the web streaming page to view the event. This web streaming page will become "live" at the time of the event.

Lodging

Visit www.southern.edu/lodging for University rates. If you would like to stay in Ooltewah, negotiated rates are available at the Holiday Inn and Hampton Inn off Exit 11. Go to www.southern.edu/lodging for additional information.  Staybridge Suites near the Convention Center also may have negotiated rates for Southern, and reservations can be made by calling 855.743.7676.

Flowers

Spring bouquets of flowers from Grafe's Studio may be purchased at the Convention Center for $15.00 (tax included). Checks/cash/credit will be accepted.

Directions to Convention Center