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DMin Charlotte Graduation

Important Dates

Baccalaureate Cookout Lunch
Friday, May 18, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.
Location: Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Charlotte campus
(14542 Choate Circle, Charlotte NC 28273)
All Graduates along with their family and friends are invited to a lunch at the GCTS-Charlotte campus.

Charlotte Baccalaureate Service
Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Forest Hill Church (7224 Park Road, Charlotte NC 28210)
Speaker: Dr. Rodney Cooper, Kenneth and Jean Hansen Professor of Discipleship and Leadership Development; Director of the Center for the Development of Evangelical Leadership (CDEL)
Graduates must arrive at the church by 6:00 p.m. for robing
Graduates must wear academic regalia

Charlotte Commencement Service
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Forest Hill Church (7224 Park Road, Charlotte NC 28210)
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Sam Whan Kim, Head Pastor Myung Sung Presbyterian Church, South Korea
Graduates must arrive at the church by 9:00 a.m. for robing
Graduates must wear academic regalia

Important Deadlines

Please pay close attention to these deadlines!
By March 21: 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

Graduation Portraits will be taken by our photographer on the evening of the Baccalaureate Service, Friday, May 18 at Forest Hill Church. If you are interested in purchasing graduation portraits, you will need to preorder at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/ycfknavk.

The cost for this service is $10 and includes the photography session as well as digital copies of the high resolution pictures. Payment should be brought with you in the form of cash or check (made out to GCTS) at the time of your photography session. Once you have filled out the preorder form, you will be contacted to schedule your portrait.

If you have any questions about graduation portraits, please email charlottemedia@gordonconwell.edu.