Ceremony & Regalia
Each approved graduate is requested to attend graduation ceremonies, also known as commencement. Commencement is held annually in May. Class photographs are taken prior to the ceremony.
Location | The graduation ceremony will be held on campus (3000 College Avenue in Bluefield, Virginia) in the Quad.
Ordering Graduation Regalia | Students who indicate they will attend commencement on the Graduation Application will have a cap and gown ordered based on information provided in your graduation application. If you did not provide your information on the graduation application or have changed whether you plan to attend, please resubmit the electronic graduation application through myBU. Students who do not attend or do not indicate they plan to attend will not receive a cap and gown.
Picking Up Graduation Regalia | You may pick up your cap and gown and tickets in Bluefield Central (formerly BC Central) beginning Wednesday before graduation. For those traveling on the morning of graduation, your cap and gown will be available upon arrival—please arrive early.
Arrival | Graduates are to report to the front steps of Lansdell Hall wearing their cap and gown, at 8:30am on the morning of Commencement, for instructions and the Class group photo.
Livestream | Each Commencement will be live-streamed through the Bluefield University YouTube channel. This will be linked to our various social media accounts as we get closer to the date.
Personal Items | Please leave your personal items with your families during the ceremony. The commencement staff will not be responsible for safeguarding your belongings.
Graduation Fee | The graduation fee (if applicable) will be added to your student account. You can pay this and any outstanding balance through the myBU portal.
Diplomas | Approximately 6-8 weeks following Commencement, graduates will be mailed their diploma if all graduation requirements have been met including financial clearance. Students who complete their remaining degree requirements after Commencement need to e-mail [email protected] to let us know that you have completed your graduation requirements. Once your graduation status is verified, the diploma will be mailed to you.
Overview of Graduation Honors
Graduation with honors is determined by the cumulative grade point average earned at Bluefield University. In order to be eligible for honors, a student must have earned 60 credits at Bluefield University.
Each graduate recognized for academic honors will be asked to stand.
- Cum laude: 3.50 – Blue Cord
- Magna cum laude: 3.75 – White Cord
- Summa cum laude: 3.90 – Gold Cord
Students whose Bluefield cumulative grade point average is greater than or equal to 3.50 but who have not earned 60 credit hours at Bluefield University will graduate “With Distinction.” A notation “Graduate with Distinction” will be added to the student’s diploma beneath the student’s name.
In addition, students who are members of the academic honors societies such as Alpha Chi, Kappa Pi, and Sigma Beta Delta will be recognized and asked to stand. Honor Society pins and medallions may be worn on your robe.