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DMin Charlotte Graduation

Important Dates


PLACE:                Forest Hills Church; 7224 Park Road, Charlotte NC 28210
DATE:                   Friday, May 19, 2017
TIME:                   7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Arrive at the church no later than 6:00 p.m.
You need to be robed and hooded by 6:15 for instructions and lineup.
SPEAKER:          Dr. SeJin Koh

Those not graduating in absentia are required to attend both the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies. 

Baccalaureate is a worship service for graduates, family and friends.

A light reception will be held at the church immediately following the Baccalaureate ceremony.  We anticipate that the evening will end around 9:30 p.m.


PLACE:               Forest Hills Church
DATE:                  Saturday, May 20, 2017
TIME:                   10:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.: Be at the church by 9:00 a.m
You need to be robed, hooded and seated by 9:20 a.m. At this time, we will gather and
go over protocol for marching, caps/tassels, receiving diplomas, etc.
SPEAKER:          Dr. Leighton Ford

Important Deadlines

Please pay close attention to these deadlines!
ASAP: Order extra graduation announcements here.
Beginning April 6:  Graduation Announcements will be received in the mail.
No later than April 15: Notify Doctor of Ministry Office, via email berickson@gordonconwell.edu if you will not be attending Commencement.
No later than April 15: Click here to request a letter of appreciation from Dr. Hollinger.


Pick-Up of Regalia

All regalia will be available at Forest Hill Church on Friday, May 19 after 5:30 p.m.  After Commencement, graduates may keep their regalia.


A list of hotels in the Charlotte, NC area can be found here.

Robing and Instructions

Men, please wear a white shirt, tie, dark slacks, and dark shoes. Ladies may dress in a similar fashion (dark shoes go best with the black robes).

Once you arrive at the church, a staff member will direct you to the robing area.  GCTS staff will also be available to assist you with your robing and hooding needs.  We need you to be prompt and ready to be seated by the times indicated above.  For both events, we need ample time to discuss marching (procession/recession), receiving of degrees and other related issues.  Plan accordingly, and please, out of respect for your classmates, do not be late. Caps should be worn about 2” above the eyebrow. Tassels go on the left side and are not moved.  Gentlemen remove caps when President Hollinger removes his. Ladies wear caps at all times. Hoods are worn on the shoulder with no draping to one side. The satin should be curled to look like an actual hood in the back.

Professional Photos

A professional photographer will be available before Baccalaureate (students with last names beginning with A-M) and Commencement (students with last names beginning N-Z).