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Commencement Giving Day

General Information for Commencement 2024

Fuller Theological Seminary’s 75th Commencement ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, June 8, 2024, at 10:00 am (PT) at Lake Avenue Church, 393 N Lake Ave, Pasadena. Hooding ceremonies will take place in person on the Pasadena campus during the week before Commencement. Details about doctoral hoodings, graduation banquets, and other events will be added below as they are confirmed.

For questions, please contact the Registrar's Office.

Family and friends of graduating students who are not able to attend in person can watch the Commencement livestream at fuller.edu/watch.

As there is no rehearsal for Commencement, it is imperative that all graduates are present for final instructions promptly at 8:30 am in the student lineup area at Lake Avenue Church. Late arrivals may pick up regalia at that time. The ceremony will begin at 10:00 am and is expected to last until approximately 12:30 pm.

Graduates, visit the Alumni Relations table after Commencement to update your contact info and join the Fuller Alumni Network.

Information about doctoral hoodings, graduation banquets, and any other events will be found below as it is finalized. Hooding ceremonies will take place in person on the Pasadena campus during the week before Commencement.

COVID RESTRICTIONS: For graduates and their guests, masks are strongly encouraged and deeply appreciated, but not required. Proof of vaccination will not be required. Masks will be made available at the venue.

Change of Plans or Requests for Accommodation

Tickets/Family Early Admission Passes

No ticket will be required at any time to enter the ceremony; there will be seating for all graduates’ invited family and guests. Given the size of the venue, no family members will need early admission passes. All seating will be available to all guests when the doors open.

Families and friends not able to attend can visit fuller.edu/watch to enjoy a livestream of the Commencement ceremony

Regalia, Announcements, and Memorabilia

ACADEMIC REGALIA

Fuller lends regalia free of charge to all graduates, for all events during the Commencement season, including for doctoral hoodings and the ceremony itself. Please do not rent or purchase your own regalia; this is the only regalia that may be worn for Commencement events. It will be collected after the season is concluded and returned to Herff-Jones for cleaning and storage. (If you need to purchase custom-made regalia for purposes and events other than Fuller’s Commencement season, request an information sheet from the Registrar's office.)

Regalia Distribution

We expect to distribute regalia at Payton Hall, 135 N Oakland Ave, on the following days:

2024 Regalia Distribution

Day ........................ Hours

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.

Saturday, June 1 ......... 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Monday, June 3 ......... 11:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 6 ....... 11:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday, June 7 ............... 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
All doctoral hoodings take place Friday

Saturday, June 8 ..... 8:30 a.m.  Distribution at Lake Ave Church

You will have an opportunity at pick up to try on your regalia to ensure a proper fit and make needed adjustments. Please make every effort to get your regalia early, especially if you want to schedule formal portraits. (Regalia will be available the morning of the ceremony for last-minute arrivals.)

DIPLOMA FRAMES

Customized diploma frames can be purchased online at any time from Herff-Jones.

FLOWERS

Flowers, leis, or bouquets are available for pre-order from The Commencement Group.

GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

Plain or customized graduation announcements can be purchased online at any time from Herff-Jones.

PHOTOS

GradImages is providing professional photography at Commencement. Photos of graduates and the President will be taken as graduates cross the stage. Additional photos are taken backstage with the diploma cover. GradImages will contact graduates directly after the ceremony to provide an opportunity to purchase copies of these photos. Shortly after the ceremony, the images will be available on the GradImages website.

RINGS

Fuller class rings with the official Fuller Theological Seminary seal are available for purchase online from Herff-Jones.

REGIONAL CAMPUS IN-PERSON EVENTS

Arizona Campus

Saturday, June 8, 2024 from 6:00-9:00 pm PST

Valley Presbyterian Church
6947 E McDonald Dr
Paradise Valley, AZ   85253

Questions? Contact Naomi McDonald

TEXAS CAMPUS

Saturday, June 15, 2024 from at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm CST

Fuller Theological Seminary @ Houston
10200 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX   77042

Questions? Contact Michael Murray, or Raquel Toledo

OTHER EVENTS AND HOODINGS

These events are listed here in chronological order. As details become finalized, this list may change order.

Pannell Center’s Annual Black Graduate Celebration

The William E. Pannell Center for Black Church Studies' Black Graduate Celebration.

Saturday, June 1, 2024 from 2:00-4:00 pm PST
online and in-person in Payton 101

Questions? Contact The Pannell Center.

 

Asian American Center's Graduation Celebration

An event for graduating Asian American students, their families, and guests. Graduating Asian American Students will receive a stole at this event.

Thursday, June 6, 2024 from 5:00-7:00 pm PST
Fuller Pasadena campus (exact location to be determined)

Questions? Contact AAC .

 

Centro Latino's Graduation Celebration

Centro Latino will host a Graduation Celebration for graduating Latino/a students and guests, with an appetizer reception following the event.

Thursday, June 6, 2024 from 6:00-8:30 pm PST
Travis Auditorium & Breezeway

Questions? Contact Wendy Masias

 

Korean Studies Center's Hooding Ceremony and Celebration

The Korean Studies Center will host a doctoral hooding ceremony for Korean Doctor of Ministry, Korean Doctor of Ministry in Global Ministries, and Korean Doctor of Intercultural Studies graduates, and a celebration of Korean MA/ThM graduates.

Friday, June 7, 2024 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm PST
Travis Auditorium

Lineup and rehearsal beginning at 10am.

Questions? Contact: Helen Lim

 

Korean Studies Center's Luncheon

The Korean Studies Center will host a luncheon following the hooding.

Friday, June 7, 2024 from 12:30-2:00 pm PST
Lawn of the Arol Burns Mall

Questions? Contact: Helen Lim

 

The Center for Missiological Research, and The Center for Advanced Theological Studies Reception and Hooding Ceremony

CMR and CATS are hosting a reception followed by a hooding ceremony for PhD graduates.

Friday, June 7, 2024
Reception in the Garth, 1:30-2:30pm PST
Hooding in Payton 101, 2:30-4:00pm PST

Questions? Contact: Erik AaslandKutter CallawayKirsteen Kim , Eugen Matei

 

Professional Doctorates' Hooding Ceremony (Doctor of Global Leadership, Doctor of Intercultural Studies, Doctor of Ministry)

The Professional Doctorates' Office hosts a Hooding event for DGL, DIS, and DMin graduates.

Friday, June 7, 2024 at 2:00-4:00pm PST
First Baptist Church of Pasadena
75 N Marengo Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

Questions? Contact: Cindy Lee

 

The School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy PhD and PsyD Hooding followed by a Reception

The School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy hosts a doctoral hooding ceremony for Clinical Psychology graduates.

Friday, June 7, 2024. 4:00-5:00pm PST
Travis Auditorium

Reception 5:00-6:30pm PST
SOP&MFT Breezeway

Photos with Graduates (5:00pm on Payton steps)

Questions? Contact: Beth Smith

 

The School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy MFT and DMFT Hooding

The School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy hosts a hooding ceremony for Marriage and Family Therapy graduates.

Photos with Graduates (5:00pm on Payton steps)

Friday, June 7, 2024 6:00-7:00pm PST
Vintage Church
464 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA  91101

Reception 7:30-8:30pm PST
SOP&MFT Breezeway

Questions? Contact: Miyoung Yoon Hammer , Kenicha Yoshida , Cameron Lee

 

Swing by the Alumni Relations table after Commencement, update your contact info with the Alumni Relations Office, and stay connected by joining the Fuller Alumni Network.

FULLER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY ADDRESS AND CAMPUS MAP

Fuller Theological Seminary
135 N. Oakland Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91182

CAMPUS MAP

Click the map image to view a PDF of the campus map.

Directions and Parking for on-campus events

Click "Directions" on the map to get driving and public transportation directions from your location.

Parking for On-Campus Events

Complimentary parking is available in the exterior lot (185 N. Madison Ave.) behind the School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy throughout the commencement weekend. Limited street parking may also be available on Oakland Ave. Please be sure to read city parking signs carefully.

PARKING FOR GUESTS AT COMMENCEMENT

Lake Avenue Church is located at 393 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101.

This is a map to complimentary parking for guests at Gateway Plaza, on the southeast corner of the intersection of the 210 Freeway and Lake Avenue (the church is on the northwest corner of the same intersection). The entrance to the parking structure is from Mentor Ave.

Several shuttle vans will run from the south side of Gateway plaza to the pedestrian ramp on the south side of Lake Avenue Church before, during, and after the ceremony. Guests can be dropped off at the pedestrian ramp as well, and then the vehicle parked at Gateway.

The Metro's A Line (Lake Avenue stop) is a three-minute walk from Lake Avenue Church, for those using Light Rail for transportation.

 

WHERE TO STAY

Westin-Pasadena

The Westin Pasadena

(.2 miles from campus)

191 North Los Robles
Pasadena, California 91101
Phone: (626) 792-2727

Access our corporate rate: $197/night in a Standard Room

Hilton_Pasadena
Pasadena Hotel and Pool

Hilton Pasadena

(.5 miles from campus)

168 S. Los Robles Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 577-1000

Hilton Pasadena corporate rate: 10% off the lowest advertised rate
Reservations can be made using our Corporate ID #2975411

PASADENA HOTEL & POOL

(.9 miles from campus)

928 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 577-1000

Pasadena Hotel & Pool corporate rate: 20% off best available rate
Reservations are made directly through Pasadena Hotel & Pool's corporate webpage.

Hyatt Place Pasadena

Hyatt Place Pasadena

(.4 miles from campus)

399 E. Green St
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 788-9108

25% off with Corporate Rate Code 138793 or FTHS

sheraton pasadena hotel

Sheraton Pasadena

(.6 miles from campus)

303 Cordova St
Pasadena, California 91101
Phone: (626) 469-8100

$169/night (single or double occupancy, standard room) off lowest rate advertised.
Add Booking Code E3B under Special Rates Section when reserving a room.