Graduation Info

Commencement Ceremony - April 29, 2017

Join us April 28-29, 2017 for the Grad Banquet, Baccalaureate, and Commencement Ceremonies as we celebrate the class of 2017! The class theme is "Seek Peace and Pursue It." This year, Dr. Dan Reinhardt is our guest speaker.

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You are invited to watch the graduation online using the YouTube livestream below.
The stream will start at 1:30pm with a countdown timer and some background music, but the actual ceremony will begin at 2:00pm.

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Guest Speaker: Dr. Dan Reinhardt

Dr. Dan Reinhardt is President of the CREST Leadership Centre, a Calgary based Christian organization that offers leadership development for midlife adults.

Dan grew up in India as a son of missionary parents, earned his Bachelors in the US, Masters degree in Israel, and Doctorate at Asbury Seminary.  He pastored in Southern Alberta.  While serving at Hillcrest Church in Medicine Hat, the church grew from 270 to 1200, expanded staff and relocated facilities.  This demanded that he learn and practice leadership, lessons which he now shares with leaders across Canada.

Dan founded the CREST Leadership Centre in 2002, and created the CREST Leadership Program, a life and leadership development process that helps leaders find clarity at midlife so their second half is their best half. With graduates all across Canada, CREST is emerging as a premier adult leadership development program.   

Dan and Anne Reinhardt currently live in Three Hills, Alberta, where Dan pastors Bethel Church while continuing to administer CREST Leadership.


Thursday, April 27th
7:00PM - Music & Worship Arts Graduate Showcase, Maxwell Centre Atrium

Friday, April 28th
1:30PM - Commencement Rehearsal, Rick Down Athletic Centre
6:00PM - Graduation Banquet (Doors Open At 5:30PM), Sanford Hanson Dining Hall
7:15PM - Baccalaureate Service, Sanford Hanson Dining Hall
This service will be an integral part of the banquet; yet you are welcome to join us for this part of the program!
8:30PM - Explore Farewell, The Loft

Saturday, April 29th
10:00AM - Practical Nurses Celebration, North Auditorium
10:00AM - Discover Farewell, The Loft
2:00PM - Commencement Ceremony, Rick Down Athletic Centre
3:45PM - Commencement Reception, Sanford Hanson Dining Hall

Student Information

Graduand Accounts
Graduands who have amounts owing on their student accounts are requested to have them paid in full in preparation for graduation.
Please see Doug Johnson if you have any questions regarding your account.

Grad Invitation
Please share the above schedule with your family and friends! Any main event is open for people to take part in!

Graduation Banquet & Baccalaureate
Please buy your tickets by April 21st to reserve your seats. Grads can pick up their FREE ticket at the Info Desk with Val or Holly. Grad's spouses are 50% off. $25 for additional family members. Prairie students are 50% off too. Family can buy online at the link here or through you on campus. If there are any dietary restrictions please contact Kendi Dyck.
We encourage you, your friends, family, and honored guests to join us for the duration of the banquet & baccalaureate, but if absolutely necessary, additional guests may join us for the Baccalaureate program starting at 7:15pm.
PN Celebration Rehearsal
Nursing graduands need to attend.
Time & Place: Tuesday, April 18 at 7:00 PM in the North Auditorium

Baccalaureate Rehearsal
Participants are asked to attend.
Details to be announced.

Commencement Practice
Attendance is mandatory if you plan to participate in the Graduation Ceremonies on Saturday.
To avoid misunderstanding and unnecessary disappointment, please organize your travel plans and personal events accordingly. The seating arrangement for Commencement will be given out at the practice. Please contact Kendi Dyck if it is impossible for you to attend ( or call 403.443.5511 x 3295) Practice is Friday, April 28 and begins at 2pm in the RDAC.

Dress Code
Ladies – dark dress, dress pants or skirt, high collar preferred (white looks best with the hood), dark nylons and dark dress shoes, (no running shoes, sandals or hiking boots). Men – dark dress slacks, dark dress shoes (no running shoes, sandals or hiking boots), long sleeved white shirt, tie. All Grads – Please carry a Bible

Grad Gowns
Pick up your cap & gown after the Commencement Practice on Friday in the downstairs Maxwell Centre Boardroom. Return your gown and hood by 5:45pm after graduation to the downstairs boardroom. (Plastic wrappings do not need to be returned.) If the gown and hood are not returned, you will be charged $100. The cap and tassel are yours to keep.

Caps & Tassels
To keep from blocking your neighbour’s face, please wear the cap so that the mortarboard is level. Please try your cap on ahead of time. If it comes too far down on your forehead, make a tuck in the cap with a straight pin so it will fit properly. Removing Caps: Men are asked to remove caps for prayer, performing, and speaking (leave it at your seat). Ladies may leave caps on. Undergrad tassels will be on the right side before Graduation and moved to the left later in the ceremony when the President indicates.

Commencement Line-Up Instructions
Saturday, Apr. 29 @ 1:15pm, in the Atrium with your gown, hood, and cap on.
Call to attention at 1:45pm
Line up in your seating order.
We will pray, then move quickly to the RDAC.

Recessional & Reception
Immediately following the Commencement Ceremony, please move towards the Reception in the Dining Hall. You've graduated!


Guests may purchase á-la-carte meals at the Dining Room. Other options for the Saturday noon meal are restaurants in town.

Sanford Hanson Dining Room on April 29, 2017
7:30-10:00AM - Continental Breakfast
10:00AM-12:30PM - Brunch
Prices range from $2.50-$14.00 Payment may be made in cash, by debit or credit card.

Atrium Café in Maxwell Centre
Bakery items (muffins, cinnamon rolls, assorted cookies)
Beverages (Tazo teas, Seattle’s Best coffee, espresso, frozen drinks, etc)
Hours during Grad: 8AM-4PM on April 28th; 9AM-1PM on April 29th


Graduands: Please contact the Manager of Events & Facility Rentals for options for your parents on campus (403.443.5511 ext. 3226 or email