SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SEMINARY

GRADUATION 2021

SATURDAY MAY 15, 10:00AM

THE TIME HAS COME TO CELEBRATE OUR GRADUATES

This year’s graduation will be Southern California Seminary’s 72nd Commencement Exercises. This remarkable history stands as a testimony to the glory, grace, and goodness of God to SCS. We are looking forward to celebrating with you all!

GRADUATION MAP & DIRECTIONS >>

This year’s graduation will be Southern California Seminary’s 72nd Commencement Exercises. This remarkable history stands as a testimony to the glory, grace, and goodness of God to SCS. We are looking forward to celebrating with you all!

HELPFUL LINKS
COMMENCEMENT >>
REHEARSAL >>
MAP & DIRECTIONS >>
CONTACT US >>

COMMENCEMENT

Hello, SCS family, and welcome to our 72nd Commencement Ceremony! Here you will find all the information you will need to help you plan accordingly for our upcoming graduation weekend this coming May 14th & 15th, 2021. This upcoming celebration will be a wonderful time to give glory to God, to honor our graduates and their family and friends, and to thank our SCS faculty, staff, leaders, and donors. We hope to see you all there!

WHEN & WHERE
Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10:00 am, Shadow Mountain Community Church (SMCC) Worship Center (see Graduation Map and Directions, labeled #1), 2100 Greenfield Drive in El Cajon, CA 92019

STUDENTS

Plan to arrive by 9:00 a.m. (to get situated, for parking, photos, or any last-minute instruction/reminders, etc.) and assemble at the SMCC Worship Center RAMP (see Graduation Map and Directions, labeled #2). From here you will connect with the faculty line and then march together to the Worship Center for the ceremony. Your guests should go straight into the sanctuary and be seated. Tickets are NOT needed for the Commencement, so invite everyone you want to have there.

FACULTY/STAFF/GUEST SPEAKERS

If you are participating/walking in the ceremony, please plan to arrive by 9:00 a.m. (for parking, photos, any last-minute instructions/reminders, etc.) with your regalia at the SMCC Worship Center Family Library, Room A (see Graduation Map and Directions, labeled #3). This will be your staging area, the room adjacent to the worship center. We will have you all line up in the lobby around 10 minutes before the 10am ceremony.

RECEPTION

There will be a reception Immediately after the Commencement Ceremony and this will be held Generations Main Street North Patio see Graduation Map and Directions, labeled #4). NO tickets/RSVPs required for the reception. Family and friends will join their graduate students here and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and refreshments. This will be a good time to catch up and thank professors, and take some family and friends photos.

PARKING

Parking for both days is available on the campus parking lots of Shadow Mountain Community Church on both the east and west sides of Greenfield Drive.  Street parking is also available (see Graduation Map and Directions, labeled ‘Visitor Parking’). Parking is free. Arriving early will make parking easier on you and your guests.  There is handicapped parking.

REGALIA

All graduates who will be participating the Commencement Ceremony must wear their SCS regalia. Caps/tams, gowns, tassels, and/or hoods will be ordered based on the information you provided on your graduation petition. Regalia will be yours to keep.

ETIQUETTE OF WEARING REGALIA >>

SCS Regalia:

  • Associate or Bachelor degree: cap, gown, tassel
  • Master degree: cap, gown, tassel and hood. Hoods are either: scarlet (Bible & Theology) or light blue velvet (Psychology) with purple and gold liner.
  • Doctoral degree: gown, tassel, hood, and black velvet 6-point tam. Hoods are either: scarlet (Bible & Theology) or light blue velvet (Psychology) with purple and gold liner
  • Military students: braided red, white, and blue honor cord
  • Students graduating with honors:
    • Undergraduate degree academic honors are signified with:
      • GOLD CORD: Summa Cum Laude (3.9 to 4.0 GPA, including other criteria)
      • SILVER CORD: Magna Cum Laude (3.8 to 3.899 GPA, including other criteria)
      • BRONZE CORD: Cum Laude (3.6 to 3.799 GPA, including other criteria)
    • Graduate and Post-Graduate
      • PURPLE AND GOLD CORD: Academic Distinction (3.9 to 4.0 GPA, including other criteria)

Regalia Pick-Up:

You may pick-up your regalia beginning Monday, April 26th at the registrar’s office during the hours of 9:30am to 3:30pm. Your regalia needs to be picked up NO LATER than Friday, May 7, 2021, 1 week before the graduation events. Your gown needs to be hanged to allow the folds to fall out and warm-pressed or steamed to prevent excessive wrinkling prior to the ceremony. Please contact the Registrar’s Office by phone or email to confirm a pick-up date and time. (619-201-8951 or Registrar@socalsem.edu). If you are traveling from outside of San Diego County to graduation AND will not be able to come to the campus ahead of time, please call or email the Registrar to make special arrangements.  All graduates living in San Diego County must come to the campus to get their regalia.

DIPLOMAS

You will receive a padded diploma cover for each degree that you have earned during the ceremony. However, your real diplomas will not be in the diploma cover. Diplomas will be mailed out or may be picked up when the student has accomplished the following:

  • Completed all required coursework with a satisfactory GPA
  • Has a zero balance on their student account
  • IF you have received financial aid/student loans: Please complete the Financial Aid Exit Counseling survey at: https://studentaid.gov/. Under ‘Manage Loans’ Tab or section, click on ‘Complete Exit Counseling’
  • IF you are required to take RS 791: Thesis Writing, RS 892: Thesis Project, PY 920: Doctoral Dissertation, or RS 993: Has their approved thesis/dissertation bound and must provide a digital and a bound copy to the library
  • Has completed the graduating student questionnaire at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3GVJXHX
  • Has received clearance from all SCS departments.

REHEARSAL

Rehearsal will be from 5:00pm to 6:15pm on Friday, May 14th, 2021. Please assemble at the Shadow Mountain Community Church Worship Center Lobby (see Graduation Map & Directions, labeled #1). Plan to arrive 30 minutes earlier to get situated.

REHEARSAL AGENDA >> 

STUDENTS: Commencement Rehearsal is MANDATORY for those who will be walking/participating in the ceremony.

FACULTY/STAFF: If you are able and you are planning to participate in the ceremony, please join us for the Commencement Rehearsal.

CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS

Graduation Reception: Please contact Lisa Pacheco, student services director, at 619-201-8993 or Lisa.Pacheco@socalsem.edu.

Graduation Rehearsal & Ceremony: Please contact Brian Barga, registrar, at 619-201-8951 or Brian.Barga@socalsem.edu.

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