COMMENCEMENT 2013.....SATURDAY, JUNE 15
The Fuller Seminary Commencement will be held Saturday, June 15, at 10:00 a.m. at Lake Avenue Church, 393 North Lake Avenue, in Pasadena. The service itself will last a little more than two hours. The auditorium will be open for admission beginning at 8:30 a.m. In order to ensure adequate preferred seating for the families of all graduates, admission will require a Family Early Admission Pass until 9:30 a.m., at which time admission will be open (though seats will be very, very limited). Graduates who are planning to attend Commencement in Pasadena should complete and submit the Family Early Admission Passes Request (from the Commencement Links and Forms site) by May 5. There is no predetermined number of passes allocated per graduate. However, in order to ensure adequate and appropriate seating for the families of graduates, these passes will normally be available for family members only, and due to the number of participating graduates this year, a limit may have to be imposed. Family Early Admission Passes will be available only through graduating students who will be participating in Commencement, and will only guarantee seating until 9:30 a.m. After that time no pass will be required, and any remaining seats (which are expected to be very limited in number) will be available to anyone on a first-come, first-served basis.
Graduates must be in the designated student lineup room at Lake Avenue Church at 8:30 a.m. for robing and final instructions.
Childcare is available by reservation from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (See CHILDCARE, below). Free parking will be available at Gateway Plaza, 300 North Lake Avenue, with free shuttle service to and from the church. Parking at the church itself is restricted.
REGIONAL CAMPUS EVENTS
Fuller's regional campuses will be holding their own Commencement events. Graduates and their guests are welcome to attend regional Commencement events as well as the all-seminary events in Pasadena. Please contact the regional campus office for further details on any of these events. (Note: all of the other information on this page refers to the all-seminary Commencement in Pasadena and related events.)
- Fuller Northwest Commencement: June 8
- Fuller Northern California Commencement: June 15
- Fuller California Coast Graduation Dinner: To be announced
- Fuller Southwest Commencement: June 15
- Fuller Colorado Commencement: June 14
Personalized graduation announcements may be ordered online from Herff-Jones. Remember that announcements do not function only as Commencement invitations, but also simply as announcements of your actual or impending graduation.
BACCALAUREATE SERVICE.....WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5
The 2013 Baccalaureate Service will be held on Wednesday, June 5 at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary of the First Congregational Church. Everyone is welcome. Graduates will meet in Payton 101 on the Fuller campus promptly at 9:30 a.m. to form the processional. Academic regalia is worn for this occasion. A reception will follow in the Garth, hosted by the Alumni Office.
CHILDCARE.....SATURDAY, JUNE 15
Childcare will be provided for children five years old or younger (born on or after June 16, 2007) on Commencement Day, Saturday, June 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Lake Avenue Church. Reservation request forms can be completed online from the Commencement Links and Forms site, and must be submitted by May 5. This service is only available to participating graduates and their families, not other guests. The number of children we can care for is limited, and reservations will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We're pleased to be able to offer this service free of charge. Please note that it is imperative that the reservation process be followed fully and completely and in a timely manner, or we will not be able to care for your children.
Diploma cases (not the diplomas themselves) will be presented to each graduate at the Commencement ceremony. Diplomas are mailed to graduates throughout the year, normally within about three months of the completion of all requirements for graduation.
Hooding services for doctoral programs and a variety of other receptions, dinners, banquets, and other events are being planned for
graduates of different schools and programs during the week leading up to Commencement. Further information will be made available here as details become available.
The Office of Presbyterian Ministries
will host a
special graduation celebration for all graduating Presbyterian students
in Barker Commons on Friday, May 24,at 6:00 p.m. This is a free event for graduates and their families. The cost for others
is $5.00. This relaxed, outdoor gathering, will include
time for eating great food, honoring graduates, and celebrating the
Lord's Supper. Contact the Office of
Presbyterian Ministries at email@example.com
by May 10 to confirm plans to attend (or call 626-584-5582).
The School of Theology
Graduate Union will host a dinner cruise
South Bay on May 25 from 7:30-11:30 p.m. All School of Theology
2012-2013 graduates are eligible. Sales are limited to graduates and one
guest each. Prices: through April 30, $15; after that, $20. Sales close
May 17. For more information or to purchase tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org
, call 626-584-5452, or visit the All Seminary Council office on the first floor of the Catalyst.
The School of Intercultural Studies
will hold a breakfast
for doctoral graduates
at the University Club (175 North Oakland Avenue) at
8:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 13th. The breakfast is free for graduates and $16
for guests, with a limit of one guest per graduate. Tickets must be reserved by
May 31st, and may be purchased or reserved online by clicking here
or by coming to the SIS Dean's Office
(exact cash or check only). Even though graduates' tickets are free, all
graduates must reserve their tickets online or at the SIS Dean's Office.The doctoral hooding service
will be held at 2:30 p.m.
the same day at First Baptist Church (75 North Marengo Avenue) in Pasadena.
Graduates should arrive at the church before 2:00 p.m. Then at 6:00 p.m., there will be a graduation banquet
for all School of Intercultural Studies faculty, graduates, their families, and
invited guests at Noor (260 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena). Tickets for
the graduation banquet are free for graduates and $35 for guests. Tickets can
be reserved or purchased by clicking here
or by coming to the SIS Dean's Office
(exact cash or check only). Tickets must be reserved or purchased by May 31st.
Even though graduates' tickets are free, all graduates must reserve their
tickets online or at the SIS Dean's Office. Contact the Dean's Office (626-584-5265
for further information. Please note:
Korean Studies Doctoral graduates should purchase tickets from the Korean
The Korean Doctor of Ministry
Program (School of Theology) has scheduled their
hooding service in Payton 101 at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 14, followed by a
luncheon on the Arol Burns Mall on the Fuller campus at noon. There
will be a presentation of final project topics in the Ray Anderson Classroom on
the Fuller campus at 2:30 p.m. Contact the office at 626-584-5651 or email@example.com for more information.
A hooding ceremony for Doctor of
Ministry (School of Theology) graduates will be held on Friday, June 14, beginning at
3:00 p.m. in Payton 101. This ceremony will be followed by a
light reception. Please contact the Doctor of Ministry office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 626-585-5653 for further
reception for graduates of the Center for Advanced Theological Studies and
their families will be held on Friday, June 14 at 5:00 p.m. at the First
Congregational Church, adjacent to the Fuller campus. Graduates may bring three
guests to the reception without cost; additional guests will cost $6 each. This
will be followed by a hooding ceremony at 6:00 p.m. Contact the CATS office
(626-584-5239 or email@example.com)
A hooding service
for all 2012-2013 doctoral graduates of the School of
(both departments) will be held in Travis Auditorium at 5:00
p.m. on Friday, June 14. This will be followed by a dinner
for all the
faculty, graduates (master's and doctoral) of both departments, and
their families and invited guests, at 7:00 p.m. at the Westin Hotel.
Graduates should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
PHOTOGRAPHS.....FRIDAY, JUNE 14
Group pictures of the graduating class of the School of Theology and School of Intercultural Studies, several individual programs, and of all members of the 2012-2013 graduating class of the Seminary who are present will be taken on the day before Commencement on the Fuller campus beginning at 9:00 a.m. This group photo session will last until about 10:30 a.m. You should plan on being present for the entire time. Academic regalia is worn for these photos. You will have an opportunity to view proofs and order copies of any of these photos online after Commencement. Even if you do not think you will purchase photos, please be there so that you will be in the photos that others will purchase.
We are also pleased to be able to offer a special service again this year of individual photographs taken as each graduate crosses the stage at Commencement. Each graduate will receive free proofs and the opportunity to order copies online shortly after Commencement.
In order to avoid disrupting the Commencement service, we regret that we cannot permit guests to approach the stage during the ceremony to take photographs.
REGALIA.....MAY 28 - JUNE 15
Rental caps, gowns and hoods are provided for Baccalaureate and Commencement at no cost. Only the rental regalia that we provide may be worn at Commencement or Baccalaureate.
No preliminary fitting or ordering is required. Regalia will be distributed to graduates in the Payton Hall lobby (by the switchboard) at the following times:
| ||Tuesday, May 28.......................||11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.|
| ||Wednesday, May 29...................||11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.|
| ||Thursday, May 30......................||11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.|
| ||Monday, June 3..........................||11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.|
| ||Tuesday, June 4........................||11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.|
| ||Wednesday, June 5....................||8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.|
| ||Thursday, June 13......................||11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.|
| ||Friday, June 14...........................||8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.|
Regalia will also be available at the time of lineup on Commencement Day at Lake Avenue Church for late arrivals. All regalia will be collected immediately after the Commencement ceremony. All regalia must be returned at this time. We must pack and return it immediately.
There is no rehearsal for Commencement. Final instructions for the Commencement ceremony will be given beginning at 8:30 a.m. Commencement Day. It is imperative that graduates be in the designated student lineup room at Lake Avenue Church at 8:30 a.m. on Commencement Day for robing, lineup and final instructions.
We hope we have answered all of your questions, but if there is anything else we can help you with, please feel free to contact anyone listed here for further assistance.