Virtual Commencement & Celebration of Graduates

   Campus News | Posted on April 30, 2020

In response to COVID-19 related restrictions on large group gatherings, Andrews University has postponed their traditional spring graduation services. In the meantime, Virtual Commencement and Celebration of Graduates services will take place May 1–3, 2020.

A schedule for the weekend is being continually updated as events are confirmed. Please visit for the most up-to-date information. All events will take place in Eastern Daylight Time.

The weekend’s central events begin Friday at 7 p.m. with the Cultural Graduation Stoles Celebration—this program will be livestreamed at

On Friday evening at 9 p.m., New Life Fellowship will host a Special Service for Graduates. Jannel Monroe, administrative pastor of New Life Fellowship, will be the featured speaker. This service will be live on the New Life Facebook page:

Celebrations will continue on Saturday morning at 11:45 a.m. with the baccalaureate service at Pioneer Memorial Church, broadcast from, the PMC Facebook page (, and Dwight Nelson, lead pastor of PMC, will deliver the address.

One Place Fellowship will include a special recognition for graduates. One Place’s virtual service, with speaker Matt Durante, administrative pastor for One Place Fellowship, will be livestreamed from their Facebook page at 11:45 a.m.:

On Saturday afternoon, various colleges, schools and departments have arranged their own celebratory services. Consult the online schedule for a complete listing at

The weekend’s events will conclude with Virtual Commencement services on Sunday, May 3. Each service will include a greeting and invocation from the dean of the college/Seminary, and President Luxton will share her remarks. Following will be a musical selection provided by a virtual choir and orchestra from the Department of Music, a slideshow of graduates, an alumni welcome, a dedicatory prayer and a benediction.

The first Virtual Commencement Service will occur at 10 a.m. for graduates of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. The other services will follow at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. respectively for graduates of the College of Education & International Services, College of Health & Human Services, College of Professions and College of Arts & Sciences. Each of these virtual services will be streamed at

The graduation website will continue to be updated with service information as it becomes available. Please check periodically for updates. The graduation program is available here.