​​​​​​​Commencement Exercises

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​Schedule​

Friday, April 28

2:00 p.m.

Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Location: Terry Concert Hall

Description: The graduates of the Keigwin School of Nursing in the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences will receive their pins in this special ceremony.

4:00 p.m.

Senior Stroll

Location: The Dolphin Statues at Dolphin Plaza

Description: All graduates with their family and friends are warmly welcome to join in a Class of 2017 photo, champagne toast, and festive march with a live band through campus to the Graduate Reception at the River House.  Graduates are encouraged to invite their faculty to join!

4:30 p.m. –
6:00 p.m.

Graduation Reception

Location: River House

Description: Graduates with their family and friends are invited to celebrate with their JU family with live music, light hors d’ oeuvres, and great company!

Don’t forget to check in with the JU Alumni Association to pick up your FREE commemorative champagne flute! 

Saturday, April 29

8:30 a.m. Assemble in Swisher Gymnasium in your Cap and Gown
9:00 a.m. Line up in Swisher Gymnasium
9:15 a.m. Processional from Swisher Gymnasium to Science Green
9:30 a.m. Commencement Ceremony (until approximately 12:00 p.m.)

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Parking Information & Map

On-campus parking on Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29, is free to all visitors, no parking pass needed. You won't have to stop at the main gate on Friday or Saturday.​

A map of available parking and the ceremony location is available for download. 

Download the Map

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Order Cap, Gown and Invitations

Grad Fair

Wednesday, March 1, and Thursday, March 2, the Herff-Jones representative will be on campus to aid in the ordering of your  graduation regalia.  Graduation candidates will receive e-mail updates nearer the time of the Grad Fair. 

Order Online

You may order your graduation regalia on-line.  Once the link is live with the 2017 Spring Commencement infomation, graduation candidates will receive an e-mail notification.

Order your graduation regalia now!

Deadline

The deadline to order your Cap and Gown is Friday, March 10.

After the deadline, you must contact the JU Bookstore at (904) 256 -7502 to order your cap and gown.

Cost

Costs for academic regalia for the Fall Commencement Ceremony:

  • $58.50 - Bachelor cap, gown, stole, and tassel
  • $69.95 - Master cap, gown, hood, and tassel
  • $139.95 - Doctorate cap, gown, hood, and tassel

The cap, stole, tassel, and Master and Doctorate hoods are yours to keep. Only the gown is returned after the Ceremony.

Pick-up​

  • When: April 24 - April 29
    • April 24-28, 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the JU Bookstore
    • April 29, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. in Swisher Gymnasium

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 Commencement Ceremony Information

Graduation List

The Graduation List is posted in WebAdvisor and outside the Registrar's Office on the 1st floor of the Howard Administration Building. The Commencement List is updated the 8th of each month. Please check the Commencement List to see if your name, graduation term, degree, major, and minor are correct. Corrections must be submitted to the Registrar's Office in writing or using your JU E-mail account.

Bachelor Graduates

Your cap and gown will be black with a green stole and a green and white tassel. The tassel is to be worn on your right-hand side. During the ceremony, you will be instructed to move the tassel to your left-hand side.

Latin Honors for Bachelor Degree Candidates

Bachelor degree candidates who will complete their degree requirements with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and have earned a minimum of 60 graded (A-F) credits at Jacksonville University will graduate with Latin Honors:

  • Cum Laude – 3.50 to 3.69
  • Magna Cum Laude – 3.70 to 3.89
  • Summa Cum Laude – 3.90 to 4.00

To have Latin Honors recognized during the Spring Commencement ceremony, students must be on track to complete their Bachelor's degree requirements by the end of the 2017 Spring semester. The cumulative GPA as of April 3, 2017, will be used for the Latin Honors listed in the Commencement Program and recognized at the Commencement Ceremony.

Latin Honors posted on the diploma and JU transcript is based upon the final GPA when all grading is completed and the degree certified.

Gold Cord for Bachelor Latin Honors

Graduates with Latin Honors noted in the Commencement Program are eligible to wear a Gold Cord at Commencement. Gold Cords will be in your cap and gown packet.

Master Graduates

Your cap and gown will be black with a black tassel. Your tassel should be worn on your left-hand side, since you have a Bachelor's degree. You will have a hood with the color that represents your area of study:

  • Brown: Art
  • Olive Brown: Business
  • Brown: Choreography
  • Light Blue: Education
  • Scientific Gold: Health Informatics
  • Sage Green: Kinesiology
  • Gold: Marine Science
  • White: Mathematics
  • Peach: Nursing
  • Silver: Speech-Language Pathology
  • Peacock/Teal: Public Policy

Do not wear your hood to the Commencement line-up, but carry your hood on your arm. You will be hooded on stage when you receive your diploma.

Doctoral Graduates

Your cap and gown will be black with a black tassel. Your tassel should be worn on your left-hand side, since you have a Bachelor's degree. Your Doctoral Hood will be the color that represents your area of study:

  • Olive Brown: Business
  • Peach: Nursing

Do not wear your hood to the Commencement line-up, but carry your hood on your left arm. You will be hooded on stage when you receive your diploma.

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Gown Return

After the Commencement Ceremony, you will return your gown to collection sites near the Science Green or at the Bookstore.

  • Bachelor graduates will keep their stole, cap and tassel
  • Master and Doctoral graduates will keep their hood, cap and tassel

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Graduation Pictures

Congratulations on your Achievement! GradImages® was the official photographer at your 2017 Spring Commencement Ceremony.

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Financial Aid Exit Interview

Exit Counseling is required before you graduate (even if you plan to attend graduate school) and helps you understand your rights and responsibilities as a student loan borrower, provides useful tips and information to help you manage your loans and clearly explains various repayment options. It can be completed online at www.studentloans.gov.  The financial aid staff is available to answer any questions you might have regarding your loan repayment.

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Senior Gift

Each year the Senior class makes a donation to Jacksonville University to give thanks and recognition for the tangible and intangible benefits afforded them during their tenure.

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News Release

Graduates: Get information about sending a graduation news release to your hometown newspaper. Download PDF files of the News Release and News Release Instructions.

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