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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Q: How does the Graduation process begin?

A: Students must apply for graduation. Deadline dates are posted in each Schedule of Classes and also in the Graduation Application Packet. Packets are available on the DBU website (Academics/Registrar's Office/Graduation App), College of Professional Studies, DBU North, DBU Hurst Colleyville, and Registrar's Office.

Q: What happens once I turn in my Application?

A: The graduation officer will audit your transcript and degree audit to ensure you are on track to complete your degree requirements. You will be notified by mail of the results and given further instructions.

Q: Is there a fee to apply for graduation?

A: Yes. If you apply prior to the priority deadline, the fee is $25. Applications received after each Priority Deadline and up to four weeks prior to graduation are charged $75. The fee for applications submitted four weeks or less from the graduation date is $150. The fee is charged to your DBU account if the application is received prior to the Cashier Office's posted payment date.

Q: Are tickets issued for seating?

A: No. Tickets are not issued for attendance; however, seating is limited. Guests should arrive 45 minutes prior to each commencement time.

Q: Is there a rehearsal?

A: Yes. Rehearsal is at 8:15 a.m. for the morning ceremony and at 1:15 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony. Graduates are REQUIRED to attend rehearsal.

Q: If I am a graduate, what do I do the day of my commencement?

A: Report to the Pilgrim Chapel Sanctuary at your designated rehearsal time, wearing your cap and gown. You will be seated according to degree with various instructions given promptly at the rehearsal time.

Q: If I am a guest, what do I do?

A: Allow ample time to arrive on campus, park, and enter the Pilgrim Chapel before the graduates enter the building. Balloons, posters/signs, horns, whistles, and other noise-making devices are not permitted in the sanctuary for commencement.

Q: Where do I purchase regalia?

A: Academic regalia (except Doctoral) may be purchased at Grad Finale (an event held a few weeks prior to each graduation date) or at the university bookstore (after the Grad Finale event). Doctoral graduates should contact their program director for regalia information.

Q: How long will the ceremony last?

A: Ceremonies last less than two hours.

Q: Will photographs be taken at the ceremony?

A: FLASH Photography will be photographing each graduate during the
commencement ceremony. Complimentary proofs will be mailed to the
graduates within one week of the ceremony. If you have any questions,
please contact Flash Photography via their website at
www.FLASHphotography.com.

Q: Is a DVD of the ceremony available?

A: A DVD of each commencement may be ordered prior to the ceremony. Order forms will be given to students in the Grad Finale packet. DVDs can also be ordered on the day of Commencement. Proceeds from the DVD are given to the DBU chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Q: What arrangements are available for guests who are in wheelchairs or who cannot maneuver stairs or long distance walking?

A: Handicap seating is available in the Pilgrim Chapel Sanctuary. Handicapped guests can be driven to the front of Pilgrim Chapel for access to the sanctuary. DBU security officers will be stationed throughout the campus grounds on the day of Commencement. Upon campus arrival, guests should notify a DBU security officer that they need to proceed to the handicap entrance. If you have any questions regarding handicap seating, please call 214-333-6823.

Q: If I cannot attend commencement, how do I receive my diploma?

A: Contact the graduation officer in the Registrar's Office (214-333-5141) for information on receiving your diploma after your graduation date.

Q: Can I participate in commencement if I still have coursework or Chapel credits outstanding or incomplete?

A: No. It is DBU policy that all degree requirements, including Chapel if required, are successfully completed and grades submitted by the appropriate deadline. Questions concerning Chapel should be directed to kellya@dbu.edu or 214-333-5977.

Q: Can I participate in commencement if I have a balance on my account with the Cashier?

A: All students must pay account balances in full by the published deadlines posted in the Graduation Application Packet to participate in commencement. Specific questions should be directed to the Cashier's Office (214-333-5336).

Graduating students who submit payment by check after the payment due date will not be eligible to receive a diploma until at least 14 business days after the date in which the check is received. Students who submit payment after the payment due date are strongly encouraged to pay with credit/debit card or cash to ensure participation and the receipt of their diploma on their scheduled commencement date.

Should you fail to take care of your existing balance, you will be denied access to final exams, final semester grades, transcripts, commencement exercises, and your diploma upon graduation.

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"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day."
               2 Timothy 4:7-8

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