Saturday, May 11th
10:00 AM PST




This year’s graduation will be Southern California Seminary’s 75th 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!


This year’s graduation will be Southern California Seminary’s 75th 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!



Hello, SCS family, and welcome to our 75th Commencement Ceremony! Here you will find all the information you will need to help you plan accordingly for our upcoming graduation festivities this coming May 10th & 11th, 2024. This upcoming two-day 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!

Saturday, May 11, 2024 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


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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 (MACP/NL, MAMFT, MDIV, THM and PSYD only)
      • PURPLE AND GOLD CORD: Academic Distinction (3.9 to 4.0 GPA, including other criteria)

Regalia Pick-Up:

You may pick-up your regalia in late April at the registrar’s office during the hours of 8:30am to Noon and 1:00 to 4:30pm. Your regalia needs to be picked up NO LATER than Friday, May 3, 2024, 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 If you are traveling by car to graduation AND will not be able to come to the campus ahead of time, please have regalia shipped directly to you via the order link provided by the Registrar.  Missionaries, please contact the Registrar for special arrangements.


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
  • Zero $0 balance on student account
  • IF you have received financial aid/student loans: Please complete the Financial Aid Exit Counseling survey at: Under ‘Manage Loans’ Tab or section, click on ‘Complete Exit Counseling’
  • IF required to take RS 791: Thesis Writing, RS 892: Thesis Project, PY 920: Doctoral Dissertation, or RS 993: Dissertation Project: have approved thesis/dissertation bound and provide a digital and a bound copy to the library.   For specific printing requirements, a photo sample, and links/contact info for companies that bind theses and dissertations, see the pdf titled “Directions for Binding a Thesis or Dissertation” in Populi in the far upper left corner at Files>Student FAQ.
  • Completed the graduating student questionnaire: TBD
  • Received clearance from all SCS departments.

Rehearsal & Banquet


Rehearsal will be from 4:30pm to 6:15pm on Friday, May 10th, 2024. Please assemble at the Shadow Mountain Community Church Worship Center (see Graduation Map & Directions, labeled #1). Plan to arrive 30 minutes earlier to get situated.


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.

Immediately after the rehearsal will be the Graduation Banquet.

BANQUET DETAILS:                                               

SCS hosts a wonderful celebratory banquet the night before our Graduation Ceremony. The Graduation Banquet immediately follows the rehearsal and it will be at 6:30pm at the SMCC Generations Building Event Center (see Graduation Map & Directions, labeled #5). Join us for a fun night with good food and warm fellowship!

Two free dinner tickets are available for each graduating student, faculty, staff, and guest speakers: one for you and one for your guest. However, you will need to RSVP and reserve your seats. You may invite more guests, family, and friends but extra dinner tickets will be $75 each.

BANQUET RSVP: Dinner RSVP and extra dinner tickets may be purchased by going to this link:

Please RSVP no later than Sunday, April 28th, 2024. Our catering company needs a hard headcount by this date so late RSVPs are NOT guaranteed.

STUDENTS: We would like to encourage you to invite your Pastor or ministry mentor and their spouse to attend the banquet as well. This is a good opportunity to celebrate with them and thank them for their important contribution in supporting you through the successful completion of your SCS education.  Banquet tickets will be needed for these guests.


Graduation Banquet & Ticket RSVPs: Please contact Erin Neill, student accounts manager, at 619-201-8957 or

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

Graduation Rehearsal & Ceremony: Please contact Tom Varallo, registrar, at 619-201-8951 or


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