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If any graduate encounters any difficulty on his/her way to Baccalaureate or Commencement, please call the seminary switchboard at 978-468-7111, between 5:00 pm – 7:45 pm on Friday night and between 8:00 am – 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, and they will contact Scott Poblenz, Dean of Enrollment Management, who will be organizing the graduates on both occasions.

Important Dates

May 12: Baccalaureate Buffet
5:00-6:30 p.m., Alumni Hall 
Gordon-Conwell Seminary, Hamilton
Click here for details. 
 
May 12: Baccalaureate (Worship Service)
Graduates must arrive by 7:00 p.m. at the Ken Olsen Science Center, at Gordon College
8:00 p.m. (ceremony begins), A.J. Gordon Memorial Chapel, Gordon College
Graduates must wear academic regalia
 
May 13: Commencement 
Graduates must arrive by 8:15 a.m. at the Gordon College Chapel
10:00 a.m. (Ceremony begins), The Bennett Center, Gordon College
Senator Benjamin Sasse, Speaker
Graduates must wear academic regalia
 
May 13: Graduation Luncheon
1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Alumni Hall
Gordon-Conwell Seminary, Hamilton
Click here for details.
 

Important Deadlines

Please pay close attention to these deadlines!
 
March 18: Order extra graduation announcements here.
Beginning March 14: Reserve tickets to Baccalaureate Buffet here
Beginning April 6:  Graduation Announcements will be placed in student mailboxes.  Out-of-town graduates will receive them 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.
April 22: Deadline for registering and purchasing tickets for Graduation Luncheon
April 28: Deadline for purchasing Baccalaureate Buffet tickets here.

Safety & Security

Each year we reevaluate our safety and security plans and we would like to make you aware of some continued safety and security restrictions and procedures ahead of time to reduce any inconvenience to you, your family or other guests. 
 
The continued safety and security restrictions and procedures are:
 
1. No backpacks will be allowed at Baccalaureate or Commencement.
 
2. No Packages will be allowed at Baccalaureate or Commencement, unless they are medically necessary, strollers or diaper bags etc. and then, are subject to a random search.
 
3. No Balloons will be allowed at Baccalaureate or Commencement.
 
4. Vehicles with valid passes parking at the Bennett Center or Gedney Strip for Commencement are subject to a random vehicle and trunk search.
 
5. We also ask your cooperation in keeping your personal belongings (jackets etc.) with you at all times during the events.
 
6. Vehicles parked in reserved parking at the Bennett Center Lot will NOT be allowed to exit the lot until pedestrian traffic has returned to a safe level that allows the return of vehicular traffic to the area. Expect to wait at least twenty minutes after Commencement to exit the Bennett Center parking lot. Please - plan accordingly.
 
We have no specific threat to either event, however, we are taking these necessary preventive measures after evaluation of our security plan to provide for the safest possible Baccalaureate and Commencement for the graduating class.

Regalia

Pick-Up of Regalia

All regalia will be available in the Ken Olsen Science Center at Gordon College after 6:00 pm, Friday, May 12th, and at the Gordon College Chapel on Sat., May 13th at 8:15 am
 

Location & Directions

Please be advised that the Baccalaureate Buffet is on the campus of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, while the location for the Baccalaureate Ceremony and Graduation Ceremony are on the campus of Gordon College.

Graduates are advised to take Exit 18 to come to Gordon College to avoid traffic jam at Bennett Center and long lines on Rt. 128.  At Exit 18, turn LEFT onto Route 22. When at the fork on the road (approx. 1.5 mile), veer to LEFT to continue on RT 22 until you come perpendicular to GRAPEVINE Road (@ stop sign); turn RIGHT and continue on to Gordon College.) 

 
Gordon College 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham, MA, 978-927-2300    
 
Due to limited parking at Gordon College, if you are turned away at Gordon College due to at capacity parking, graduates and families will be transported from the Academic Center Parking Lot at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary to Gordon College in buses on Saturday morning, except those families with children in car seats. There will not be a shuttle bus on Friday evening.

Times and Locations of Assembly

Graduates will assemble as follows at Gordon College:
 

Baccalaureate Service:

No later than 7:00 pm @ the Ken Olsen Science Center, Gordon College.
It takes one hour to robe and arrange the proper line for procession.  In order for graduates to be placed within their respective degree program, it is imperative that all graduates be on time with cap, tassel, gown and hood. The walk from the Ken Olsen Science Center to the Chapel is about 2½ blocks.  See Gordon College campus map here.
 

Commencement Service:

No later than 8:15 am at the A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel.
The walk from the chapel where the graduates will robe for Commencement is ¼ mile to the Bennett Center (see Gordon College map).  Women may want to consider wearing low-heel shoes for comfort. Graduates not able to walk the distance should contact Student Life Services (stulife@gcts.edu) ASAP to arrange for assistance.
 

Graduation Buffet:

Please be advised that the Graduation Buffet is on the campus of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Alumni Hall. Please click here for more information.

Accommodations

Gordon-Conwell has reserved room blocks at the two Marriott locations below at discounted rates. Please note we have reserved a limited number of rooms, so please To obtain these rates, please reserve by April 21, 2017:

1. 

1. Courtyard Marriott Boston Danvers
     275 Independence Way
     Danvers, MA 01923-3652

Start Date

End Date

Room Type

Rate

05/12/2017

05/13/2017

King

$134.00

05/12/2017

05/13/2017

Queen/Queen

$164.00

 

Please call Marriott Reservations at 1 (800) 321-2211 or 978-777-8630 on or before Friday, April 21, 2017, (the “cutoff date”) to make their sleeping room reservations. Please advise guests to identify themselves as part of the Gordon Conwell Theological seminary group staying at the Courtyard Boston Danvers, located at 275 Independence Way, Danvers, MA 01923-3652.

2. TownePlace Suites Boston North Shore/Danvers
238 Andover Street
Danvers, MA  01923-1348
(978) 777-6222

Please call Marriott Reservations at 1 (800) 257-3000 or 978-777-6222 on or before Friday, April 21, 2017, (the “cutoff date”) to make their sleeping room reservations. Please advise guests to identify themselves as part of the Gordon Conwell Theological seminary group staying at the TownePlace Suites Boston North Shore/Danvers, located at 238 Andover Street, Danvers, MA 01923-1348.

 

Start Date

End Date

Room Type

Rate

05/12/2017

05/13/2017

Studio 

$149.00

 

 

Transportation & Parking

Shuttle to and from Gordon College on Commencement Day

If off-campus guests are turned back after arriving at Gordon College due to full parking lots, please  go to the Gordon-Conwell campus and pick up the shuttle within the listed times below.
 
Two buses will run the schedule below from the GCTS Academic Center parking lot: 
7:30 a.m. -Graduates only to Gordon Chapel where they will robe and receive instructions
7:45 a.m. -Graduates only to Gordon Chapel
Continuous runs from GCTS Academic Center to Bennett Center:
8:00-10:15 a.m. – Guests to Bennett Center where Commencement will be held
After Commencement, two buses will make continuous runs from Gordon Chapel to GCTS Academic Center parking lot as follows:
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Graduates and guests  
 
For the graduates whose children must be in a car seat, we strongly encourage you to car pool, if at all possible.
 

Parking at Gordon College on Commencement Day

In order to avoid a traffic jam, there will not be a “drop” off at the Bennett Center.  Campus Safety will direct you to the designated parking areas.
 

Shuttle for elderly/those needing assistance after Commencement:  

A one-way bus to the Gordon Chapel will be parked outside the main doors of the Bennett Center immediately following the commencement service.  If you or anyone in your party needs assistance and/or elderly we invite you to make use of this shuttle.  (The shuttle is not wheelchair accessible.)

There are 35 designated handicapped parking spaces in the Bennett Center parking lot for this event. Please contact Student Life Services ASAP if you need special assistance (graduation@gcts.edu) or at 978-646-4071.

Graduation Day

Commencement: 

An Event for Graduates and Family Members
All are welcome.  There is no limit to the number of family members and friends invited; however, we kindly request that graduates who currently serve a church, limit their guests to an appropriate number of church members.  We want to ensure that we can accommodate family members of all graduates. No tickets needed.
 

Commencement Morning:  

The Bennett Center Auditorium (gymnasium) where Commencement will be held, will open at 9:00 a.m. The building itself will open at 7:00 a.m. Early arrivers may wait in the lobby, lounge and aerobics room areas where there will be chairs available for their use. Only authorized personnel will be allowed in the auditorium before 9:00 a.m.
 

Seating at Commencement

For information regarding where you will be sitting during the ceremonies and where your family should sit, please click here. Sections A & B are seating sections designated for the graduates.  
 

No Air-Conditioning in the Bennett Center

The graduates and their families are encouraged to dress appropriately for Commencement. 
as the Bennett Center is not air conditioned.
 

Assembly & Procession Prior to and Following Commencement

Prior to the Commencement Ceremony, the Graduates will assemble at Gordon College
no later than 7:30 am at the A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel.
The walk from the chapel where the graduates will robe for Commencement is ¼ mile to the Bennett Center (see Gordon College map).  Women may want to consider wearing low-heel shoes for comfort. Graduates not able to walk the distance should contact Student Life Services (graduation@gcts.edu) ASAP to arrange for assistance. In case of rain, plastic covers will be available.
 

Following the Commencement Ceremony

The procession will proceed from the Bennett Center to the Chapel for diploma pickup, Graduates will exit through the side door of the Bennett Center and walk directly to the chapel to pick up their diplomas (graduates will receive empty folders on stage).  
 

Graduates may invite family members and friends to meet on the Chapel lawn

Please do not stop and gather in front of the Bennett Center.  We must keep the road open to clear the parking lot. The Gordon Chapel lawn is ideal for taking photographs with friends/family.  Refreshments will be served on the lawn
 

Photograph with President Hollinger:

Anyone wishing to take a photograph with the seminary’s President, Dr. Dennis Hollinger, may do so by going to the front of the Chapel area (look for the Gordon-Conwell Banner).  Dr. Hollinger will be available up to 1:00 p.m.  A staff person will be present to direct graduates in taking turns for the photographs.
 

Special Accommodations

Designated Area for Moms

Moms who wish to nurse their infants discreetly, may do so in the following areas:  Chairs and a divider screen in the lobby of the Chapel on Friday night for Baccalaureate and for Commencement, in the Children’s Room.

 

Children’s Room at Commencement

Located in the aerobics room in the Bennett Center for the convenience of those who want to come out with their children.  A TV monitor will be available.  Ushers will direct families to the room.  Children must be supervised at all times by parents.
 

Strollers in Bennett Center at Commencement:

The ushers will direct parents to the area designated for strollers.  Due to limited space, strollers will not be permitted in the Auditorium. 
 

No Pets

Only with the exception of Service animals.
 

Physically Challenged Persons

If you or any of your invited guests are physically challenged/handicapped and in need of assistance, please contact  Michelle Williams (graduation@gcts.edu) as soon as possible to arrange for assistance.
 
We have eight wheelchairs on loan, as well as a limited number of hearing aids (assisted listening device).  Contact Katherine Horvath (rgibson@gcts.edu) to reserve.
 
There will be a reserved area for those in wheel-chairs at both Baccalaureate and Commencement.  In order to accommodate everyone, we need to know if any of your family members are bringing his/her own wheelchair.

Professional Photos at Commencement

The seminary will have professional photographers taking photos of graduates as they receive their diploma from President Hollinger, as well as when they proceed down from the stage. We therefore insist that students please not hire their own professional photographers or videographers for either service. Photos may be taken by family or friends only from their seats during events. Additionally, in keeping with fire code there is to be no photography (or standing) in the aisles, against the back walls, or in balconies during either event.
 
The company, Commencement Photos, Inc., will send a letter to all graduates offering them an opportunity to pre-order their graduation picture. If you are not satisfied with the picture received after Commencement, it can be returned. Those who choose not to pre-order will receive a proof of the picture and a second opportunity to order after Commencement. 
 
For more information visit www.commencementphotos.com, call 978-851-5925 or email customerservice@commencementphotos.com (Please include “Gordon-Conwell” in the subject line).

Live Streaming & DVDs

Live Video Streaming for both Baccalaureate and Commencement will be available for those who are unable to attend in person. Watch at http://www.gordonconwell.edu/live. The live stream will begin 15 minutes prior to each event.

DVDs of Baccalaureate Service & Commencement may be pre-ordered at www.gordonconwellstore.com by scrolling down to Featured Items, and selecting 2016 Boston/Hamilton Baccalaureate & Commencement Set. Videos should be available approximately 4 weeks after Commencement; each $20 DVD set includes the entirety of Baccalaureate and Commencement. This service by the seminary should preclude persons from hiring a personal videographer.  

The Baccalaureate sermon, Commencement address, and student remarks will be posted to YouTube for free viewing. Visit our YouTube page