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Graduation

2022 Masters Level Hamilton/Boston
Commencement Information

Congratulations on your graduation! We are delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate with you. There are a number of events and details of which you need to be aware.

This graduation webpage is the primary mode of detailed communication for Masters-level graduates for both the Hamilton and Boston campuses, along with the Doctor of Ministry and Latino and Global Ministries programs. However, if at any time you have questions regarding the commencement activities, please contact the Student Life Services office at: [email protected] or 978-646-4071.

Doctor of Ministry students click here for additional information.

Please review all of the information found on this webpage, especially arrival times for robing at Commencement on Saturday morning. The times have been set to allow for sufficient time to go over the instructions for processing, as well as detailed instructions on receiving your diploma.

If a graduate encounters any difficulty on his or her way to Commencement, please call the Seminary switchboard at 978-648-7111 between 8:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. on Saturday. The switchboard will contact Natalie Crowson, Registrar, who will be organizing the graduates on both occasions.

We are grateful for you and for the joy of the completion of your time at Gordon-Conwell as the Lord prepares you for whatever may be next!

In His Service,

Jana Holiday, Dean of Students

Important Dates

May 6: Baccalaureate

Dinner Buffet:

Location: Alumni Hall
Time: Open between 5:00-6:00pm
Order tickets through Eventbrite
Price: $16/per person; Children 7-12 are $7; Children 6 and under are free.

Worship Service:

Location: Gordon College Chapel, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham, MA
Graduate arrival time:  6:45pm at the Ken Olson Science Center
Baccalaureate Service time: 7:30pm at the Gordon College Chapel
Graduates must wear academic regalia.

Graduates may invite up to 6 guests with tickets to the Baccalaureate service. The Baccalaureate livestream will be available for those who are unable to attend in person. It will begin at 7:15pm on our website.

See below for additional livestream information.

May 7: Commencement

Location: Gordon College Chapel, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham, MA
Graduate arrival time:  8:45am at the Ken Olson Science Center
Commencement time: 10:00am at the Gordon College Chapel
Speaker: Dr. Scott Sunquist, President
Graduates must wear academic regalia.

Graduates may invite up to 6 guests with tickets to the Commencement ceremony. The Commencement livestream will be available for those who are unable to attend in person. It will begin at 9:45am on our website.

See below for additional livestream information.

Live Streaming and Videos

Baccalaureate and Commencement will be live-streamed from gcts.edu/live. The link will also be shared on our Facebook page.

 

Important Deadlines

No later than March 21: Order extra graduation announcements using the order form.

No later than April 15: Notify Registration Office via email at [email protected] if you will not be attending Commencement.

April 25-29: Regalia and guest ticket distribution for Boston graduates.

  • Contact [email protected] for pick up details.
  • Out of town graduates will receive their regalia by mail.
  • Graduates unable to pick up regalia during these times can retrieve their regalia from Registration Staff at the Ken Olsen Science Center before Baccalaureate & Commencement.

April 25-29, May 2-5: Regalia distribution for Hamilton graduates.

  • Hamilton graduates may pick up their regalia and up to 6 guest tickets for the Baccalaureate service and up to 6 guest tickets for the Commencement ceremony in the Registration Office (Kerr 371) during open office hours April 25-29 or May 2-5
    • Monday – Friday 8:30am-12pm and 1:00pm-4:30pm
    • Evening hours from 5:00pm-7:00pm will be available on Tuesday May 3 and Wednesday May 4.
    • Graduates unable to pick up regalia during these times can retrieve their regalia from Registration Staff at the Ken Olsen Science Center before Baccalaureate & Commencement.

For on campus students, graduation announcements will be placed in student mailboxes the week of March 21st. Out-of-town graduates will receive theirs by mail.

April 22: Deadline to submit written work (Masters only; D.Min. students click here).

No later than Monday, April 25th: Submit your photos for the graduation slide/video presentation to [email protected].

Safety and 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. Currently, masks and social distancing are not required for these events.
  2. No backpacks or strollers will be allowed at Baccalaureate or Commencement.
  3. No packages will be allowed at Baccalaureate or Commencement, unless they are medically necessary. They are subject to a random search.
  4. Unfortunately, Balloons will not be allowed at Commencement.
  5. UPDATE: Up to 6 guests per graduate are allowed at Baccalaureate and at Commencement. We will be giving out tickets, graduates are kindly asked to invite up to 6 guests to the Baccalaureate service and up to 6 guests to the Commencement ceremony.
  6. Children under 2 years of age do not need tickets.

Pre-Graduation Logistics

In Absentia

Attendance at Commencement is expected for all graduates living within a 250-mile radius of the Seminary. If you will not be attending Commencement, you must notify the Registration Office via email ([email protected]) no later than April 15th. Your name will be listed in the program, but not announced.

Name Pronunciation

Your name is important! We want to pronounce your name correctly at Commencement. If you have not already done so on your graduation application, please write out the phonetic spelling of your name and email this to the Registration Office ([email protected]) or stop by in person. We need your help with this task.

Graduation Announcements

We are now in the process of having announcements (not invitations) printed. Each graduate will receive 10 announcements free of charge. They will be distributed along with your regalia from the Registration Office.

If you’d like to order extra announcements, please use this order form. Any extra announcement must be ordered by Monday March 21st. The minimum order is $5.00, which will be billed to your student account. Graduates must order announcements in increments of 10. The announcements will be sent to the address that you provide on the form. Contact the Registration Office ([email protected]) or 978-646-4551 with any questions.

Required Graduate Survey

One of the requirements of graduation is completing the Graduating Student Survey. The information you enter into the survey is confidential. We ask for your student ID only, so that we know that you completed the survey. The information you give us is used to continue to improve Gordon-Conwell. The survey must be completed online before graduation. If you are a graduating MA/M.Div./Th.M. student, please click here. If you have any problems completing the survey, please contact us at [email protected].

Required Loan Exit Counseling

Any student who received a Federal student loan while at Gordon-Conwell is required to complete an online exit counseling tutorial before graduation. Please note that this is a Federal requirement, and that GCTS cannot issue your diploma or transcript until this requirement is met. The Loan Exit Counseling tutorial includes important information about student loan repayment plans and how to contact your loan servicer. The deadline for May graduates is April 15, 2022.

Students who have received an Unsubsidized or GradPlus loan while attending Gordon-Conwell must complete an online Loan Exit Counseling Tutorial. The Financial Aid office will receive notice from the Department of Education once done. Please go to this link and then LOG IN.

Grad Celebration Event

Hamilton: Join us on Wednesday, May 4th at 3:30-5:00pm on the Kerr patio (or the Dining Hall, if it rains) to say goodbye to faculty and other graduates.

Boston:  Join us on Monday, May 2nd at 6:00pm at CUME – Boston Campus (90 Warren Street, Roxbury MA 02119). More details to follow.

Regalia

All who march in the procession at both events will wear full academic regalia. It is most appropriate for men to wear ties, as necklines are visible. Women should consider wearing blouses or dresses with buttons so that regalia hoods can be easily fixed to these (instead of pinned). After Commencement, graduates may keep their regalia.

Honor insignia on academic regalia are limited to official pins (Psi Chi pins or other seminary-sanctioned academic honors). Other insignia (e.g., cords, capes, and stoles) or decorations are not permitted.

Students attending the ceremony, but unable to pick up regalia by end of business hours on May 5th may pick up their regalia at the Ken Olsen Science Center either before Baccalaureate on May 6th or before Commencement on May 7th.  Please arrive early for pick up and assistance getting robed.

Students who are not attending the ceremony will have diploma and regalia mailed to them at the address on file with the seminary.

Care of Academic Regalia

The Graduation gown may be placed in the dryer on permanent press for 15-20 minutes to remove wrinkles. The hood should be lightly ironed.

Please make sure that your regalia fit properly and that the gown has a long extension on the end of the sleeves. Please notify the Registration Office immediately if you detect any problems with your regalia.

Regalia Pick-Up for Hamilton Graduates

From Monday, April 25 to Friday, April 29 in the Registration Office (Kerr 371)
Times: 8:30am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-4:30pm

From Monday, May 2 to Thursday, May 5 in the Registration Office (Kerr 371)
Times: 8:30am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-4:30pm, also 5:00-7:00pm May 2 & 3 only

Can’t pick up before May 5? Students attending the ceremony, but unable to pick up regalia by end of business hours on May 5th may pick up their regalia at the Ken Olsen Science Center either before Baccalaureate on May 6th or before Commencement on May 7th. Please arrive early for pick up and assistance getting robed.

Regalia Pick-Up for Boston Graduates

Boston regalia is distributed in the Registration Office/Front Desk of the building.
From Monday, April 25 to Friday, April 29
Times: TBD
Out of town graduates will receive their regalia by mail.

Location and Directions

Gordon College is located at 255 Grapevine Road in Wenham, MA.

Directions to Gordon College:

  • Take Route 128 North towards Gloucester, passing exits for Peabody, Danvers, and Beverly,
  • Take Exit 48 (formerly 17), Grapevine Road
  • Turn left at end of ramp, going 0.6 mile to main entrance

See Gordon College campus map here.

Parking information to follow.

Website: www.gordon.edu

Times and Locations of Assembly

Baccalaureate Service: Graduates will assemble at Gordon College Ken Olson Science Center auditorium on Friday, May 6th at 6:45pm.

Commencement Service: Graduates will assemble at Gordon College Ken Olson Science Center auditorium on Saturday, May 7th at 8:45am.

In order for graduates to be placed within their respective degree programs, it is imperative that all graduates be on time with cap, tassel, gown, and hood. See Gordon College campus map here.

We will be giving out tickets, graduates may invite up to 6 guests to the Baccalaureate service and up to 6 guests to the Commencement ceremony. These will be provided with your regalia.

Hotel Accommodations

Below is a list of hotels in the area:

Boston Marriott Peabody
8A Centennial Drive, Peabody, MA 01960
978-977-9700

Courtyard by Marriott
275 Independence Way, Danvers, MA 01923
978-777-8630

Best Western
50 Dayton Street, Danvers, MA 01923
978-777-1700

The Cabot Lodge
278 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA 01915
978-998-4460

Double Tree by Hilton
50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers, MA 01923
978-750-7952

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
1 Newbury Street (US1 North), Peabody, MA 01960
978-535-4600

SpringHill Suites Boston/Peabody
43 Newbury Street, Peabody, MA 01960
978-535-5000

Transportation and Parking

There will be free shuttle buses departing from the Academic Center parking lot, starting at 8:15am. The buses will be making continuous loops up until 10:00am.

There will be return trips back to the Seminary starting immediately after the ceremony and leaving from the Gordon College Chapel lot. The buses will be making continuous loops until 1:00pm.

Some parking is available at Gordon College, if needed. See Gordon College map.

Special Accommodations

No Pets will be allowed in the Baccalaureate or Commencement services, with the exception of service animals.

People with Physical Challenges

If you or any of your invited guests have a physical challenge and need of assistance, please contact Student Life Services ([email protected]) as soon as possible to arrange for assistance.

Gordon College has updated their Assisted Listening System in the chapel. It is now a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) system. This means that anyone looking to utilize Assisted Listening (English Program Sound) must bring their own Internet-enabled device, such as a phone or tablet, and headphones. We will have a limited supply of headphones available for check-out. Here are instructions from Gordon that were customized.
GCTS Graduation Assisted Listening Instructions.pdf

There will be a reserved area for those in wheelchairs at Commencement. In order to accommodate everyone, we need to know if any of your family members are bringing his or her own wheelchair.

Professional Photos at Commencement

The Seminary will have photographers taking photos of commencement, including a photograph of graduates after they receive their diplomas. After commencement, the photographs will be available online for download at no cost. Therefore, we ask that students please do not hire their own professional photographers or videographers. Photos may be taken by family or friends only from their seats during events.

Post-Graduation

Diploma Size

11” x 17” The Hamilton Bookstore has a few special GCTS frames. Contact Adam Davis at: [email protected].

Hamilton Campus Mail Boxes

Graduates must close their Gordon-Conwell mailbox and give the Mailroom their new address before they leave campus! This can be done at the mailroom window or online. If you live in the apartments, you must also file a change of address with either the South Hamilton post office or by going online. For more information, read the Mailbox Closing and Forwarding policies on the bulletin board outside the Mailroom.

Career Services & Placement

Be sure to look for professional full-time and part-time ministry positions around the country (and even the world) on our ministry employment website, www.MinistryList.com. For helpful resume, interview, and ministry job search tips, visit our Career Services page.

Alumni Services Announcement

Graduation is just the beginning of your lifetime relationship with Gordon-Conwell as an alumni. Visit the new alumni website to find resources that will serve you in ministry and to stay connected to the global  Gordon-Conwell family. As an alumni you can:

  • Access online library resources and databases
  • Audit a class at no cost
  • View forums and chapel services on Facebook and Youtube
  • Request transcripts and graduation verification
  • Serve and connect with others
  • And more!

Be sure to also follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

2022 Boston Graduation

The Boston and Hamilton campuses hold a joint commencement program. Please see the Hamilton tab of this page for detailed information about the Northeast commencement.

2023 Charlotte Graduation

This graduation page contains detailed information for Masters level graduates of the Charlotte campus.  If at any time you have questions regarding the commencement activities, please contact the Registration Office at 704-527-9909 or [email protected].

Commencement Service

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Forest Hill Church, 7224 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28210
Speakers: TBA

Graduates should arrive at the church by 9:00 a.m., one hour prior to the start of the service, for robing and instructions.

Service will be live-streamed on the Gordon-Conwell—Charlotte Facebook page and the Gordon-Conwell website.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

No later than April 1: Order extra graduation announcements using the order form.

No later than April 15: Notify Registration Office via email at [email protected] if you will not be attending Commencement.

April-May 12: Regalia & Announcements pickup from the Charlotte campus; details on the days and times are TBD.

April 21: Deadline to submit written work (Masters only; DMin students click here).

PRE-GRADUATION LOGISTICS

In Absentia

Attendance at Commencement is expected for all graduates living within a 250-mile radius of the Seminary. If you will not be attending Commencement, you must notify the Registration Office via email no later than April 15. Your name will be listed in the program, but not announced.

Name Pronunciation

Your name is important! We want to pronounce your name correctly at Commencement. If you have not already done so on your graduation application, please write out the phonetic spelling of your name and email this to the Registration Office. We need your help with this task.

Graduation Announcements

We are now in the process of having announcements (not invitations) printed. Each graduate will receive 10 announcements free of charge. Graduates can pick them up with their regalia.

If you’d like to order extra announcements, please use this order form. Any extra announcement must be ordered by April 1. The minimum order is $5.00, which will be billed to your student account. Graduates must order announcements in increments of 10. The announcements will be sent to the address that you provide on the form. Contact the Registration Office with any questions.

Required Graduate Survey

One of the requirements of graduation is completing the Graduating Student Survey. The information you enter into the survey is confidential. We ask for your name only to ensure you completed this graduation requirement. The information you give us is used to continue to improve Gordon-Conwell. The survey must be completed online before graduation. If you are a graduating MA/M.Div./Th.M. student, please click here. If you have any problems completing the survey, please contact us at [email protected].

Required Loan Exit Counseling

Any student who received a Federal student loan while at Gordon-Conwell is required to complete an online exit counseling tutorial before graduation. Please note that this is a Federal requirement, and that GCTS cannot issue your diploma or transcript until this requirement is met. The Loan Exit Counseling tutorial includes important information about student loan repayment plans and how to contact your loan servicer. The deadline for May graduates is April 15, 2023.

Students who have received an Unsubsidized or GradPlus loan while attending Gordon-Conwell must complete an online Loan Exit Counseling Tutorial. The Financial Aid office will receive notice from the Department of Education once done. Please go to this link and then LOG IN.

REGALIA

All graduates who march in the procession will wear full academic regalia.  Regalia will be available for pickup at the Charlotte campus beginning mid-April (watch your GCTS email for details on regalia availability).  Students attending the ceremony, but unable to pick up regalia by May 12, will pick up their regalia on Saturday, May 13 at the church (please arrive early for pick up). Students who are not attending the ceremony will have diploma and regalia mailed to them in late May.

It is most appropriate for men to wear ties, as necklines are visible. Women should consider wearing blouses or dresses with buttons so that regalia hoods can be easily fixed to these (instead of pinned). After Commencement, graduates may keep their regalia.

Care of Academic Regalia

The graduation gown may be placed in the dryer on permanent press for 15-20 minutes to remove wrinkles. The hood should be lightly ironed.

Please make sure that your regalia fit properly and that the gown has a long extension on the end of the sleeves. Please notify the Registration Office immediately if you detect any problems with your regalia

POST-GRADUATION

Diploma Frames

The size of a Gordon-Conwell diploma is 11″ x 17″.  The Charlotte Bookstore carries a variety of frames in this size.  To view options and order frames, stop by the Bookstore Table on Commencement weekend or visit the GCTS Bookstore Diploma Frame page.  Email [email protected] with questions.

Career Services and Placement

Be sure to look for professional full-time and part-time ministry positions around the country (and even the world) on our ministry employment website, MinstryList.

Alumni Services

Join the Alumni community to stay connected to Gordon-Conwell, your classmates and resources we offer to alumni, including study tours, continuing education, ministry tools, and access to transcript requests and graduation verification.

Library Resources

For Alumni Library Resources, visit https://library.gordonconwell.edu/alumni.  If you have questions about library access post-graduation, please contact the GCTS Library at [email protected] or https://library.gordonconwell.edu/contact.

GCTS Email & Canvas Access

Currently, your GCTS email account is yours to keep.  Access to Canvas is not guaranteed after graduation, so we recommend you download anything you wish to retain from your course sites.

Student ID Cards

After graduation, your student ID card will be deactivated, as our entry system can only handle a limited number of active cards.  Alumni may still use their ID card to check out books from GCTS Libraries.  Your ID card can also be reactivated if you are readmitted to the Seminary.

2023 Jacksonville Graduation

This graduation page contains detailed information for Masters level graduates of the Jacksonville campus.  If at any time you have questions regarding the commencement activities, please contact the Jacksonville campus at 904-354-4800 or the Registration Office at [email protected].

Commencement Service

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Salem Centre, 7235 Bentley Road, Jacksonville, Florida

Lunch will be served after the ceremony. 

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

No later than April 1: Order extra graduation announcements using the order form.

No later than April 15: Notify Registration Office via email at [email protected] if you will not be attending Commencement.

April-May 19: Regalia & Announcements pickup from the Jacksonville campus; details on the days and times are TBD.

April 21: Deadline to submit written work (Masters only; DMin students click here).

PRE-GRADUATION LOGISTICS

In Absentia

Attendance at Commencement is expected for all graduates living within a 250-mile radius of the Seminary. If you will not be attending Commencement, you must notify the Registration Office via email no later than April 15. Your name will be listed in the program, but not announced.

Name Pronunciation

Your name is important! We want to pronounce your name correctly at Commencement. If you have not already done so on your graduation application, please write out the phonetic spelling of your name and email this to the Registration Office. We need your help with this task.

Graduation Announcements

We are now in the process of having announcements (not invitations) printed. Each graduate will receive 10 announcements free of charge. Graduates can pick them up with their regalia.

If you’d like to order extra announcements, please use this order form. Any extra announcement must be ordered by April 1. The minimum order is $5.00, which will be billed to your student account. Graduates must order announcements in increments of 10. The announcements will be sent to the address that you provide on the form. Contact the Registration Office with any questions.

Required Graduate Survey

One of the requirements of graduation is completing the Graduating Student Survey. The information you enter into the survey is confidential. We ask for your name only to ensure you completed this graduation requirement. The information you give us is used to continue to improve Gordon-Conwell. The survey must be completed online before graduation. If you are a graduating MA/M.Div./Th.M. student, please click here. If you have any problems completing the survey, please contact us at [email protected].

Required Loan Exit Counseling

Any student who received a Federal student loan while at Gordon-Conwell is required to complete an online exit counseling tutorial before graduation. Please note that this is a Federal requirement, and that GCTS cannot issue your diploma or transcript until this requirement is met. The Loan Exit Counseling tutorial includes important information about student loan repayment plans and how to contact your loan servicer. The deadline for May graduates is April 15, 2023.

Students who have received an Unsubsidized or GradPlus loan while attending Gordon-Conwell must complete an online Loan Exit Counseling Tutorial. The Financial Aid office will receive notice from the Department of Education once done. Please go to this link and then LOG IN.

REGALIA

All graduates who march in the procession will wear full academic regalia.  Regalia will be available for pickup at the Jacksonville campus beginning mid-April (watch your GCTS email for details on regalia availability).  Students who are not attending the ceremony will have diploma and regalia mailed to them in late May.

It is most appropriate for men to wear ties, as necklines are visible. Women should consider wearing blouses or dresses with buttons so that regalia hoods can be easily fixed to these (instead of pinned). After Commencement, graduates may keep their regalia.

Care of Academic Regalia

The Graduation gown may be placed in the dryer on permanent press for 15-20 minutes to remove wrinkles. The hood should be lightly ironed.

Please make sure that your regalia fit properly and that the gown has a long extension on the end of the sleeves. Please notify the Registration Office immediately if you detect any problems with your regalia.

POST-GRADUATION

Diploma Frames

The size of a Gordon-Conwell diploma is 11″ x 17″.  The Bookstore carries a variety of frames in this size.  To view options and order frames, visit the GCTS Bookstore Diploma Frame page.  Email [email protected] with questions.

Career Services and Placement

Be sure to look for professional full-time and part-time ministry positions around the country (and even the world) on our ministry employment website, MinstryList.

Alumni Services

Join the Alumni community to stay connected to Gordon-Conwell, your classmates and resources we offer to alumni, including study tours, continuing education, ministry tools, and access to transcript requests and graduation verification.

Library Resources

For Alumni Library Resources, visit https://library.gordonconwell.edu/alumni.  If you have questions about library access post-graduation, please contact the GCTS Library at https://library.gordonconwell.edu/contact.

GCTS Email & Canvas Access

Currently, your GCTS email account is yours to keep.  Access to Canvas is not guaranteed after graduation, so we recommend you download anything you wish to retain from your course sites.

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