Commencement Info

Graduation: 2020 and 2021

Join us virtually on May 6, 2021 at 2pm for Commencement 2021, and virtually on May 8, 2021 at 2pm for Commencement 2020 as we celebrate the classes of 2020 and 2021!

Provincial Covid-19 gathering restrictions have made planning difficult this year, but our plan is to hold virtual Commencement Ceremonies for the classes of 2020 and 2021. The 2020 graduates will be mailed a “grad-in-a-box” ahead of time and are invited to watch the festivities from their living rooms as their names are called and degrees conferred from Three Hills.

The class of 2021 will still be on campus for Commencement, and, will watch in small groups around campus, then receive their degree in Kirk Chapel. The audience will be virtual-only.

The Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony will take place on May 6, 2021 at 7pm, with nurses to attend in-person, and a virtual audience.

Jason Koleba: Jason recently became the Lead Pastor of Vernon Alliance Church, after serving for 21 years at Cochrane Alliance Church. He and his wife Cindy graduated from Prairie Bible Institute in 1997, and he went on to complete a Master’s Degree at Regent College.

Jason will share with the 2021 class during chapel on April 27th.


Bill Nyman: Bill has worked at Prairie for over a decade, first as Reference Librarian, and now shares his time between the library and his Faculty duties. Bill is consistently chosen by the students as the Faculty member who is most invested in students’ lives. Bill received his PhD in Dogmatics from North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa, and will be the speaker for the 2020 Grad Class.


Justin Allison: Justin joined Prairie faculty in 2018 as professor of New Testament; he’s also Program Director for the Christian Formation program. Justin received his PhD in Theology and Religion from Durham University. Justin is the speaker for the 2021 Grad Class.

Wednesday, May 5th
7:00pm – EP Showcase, Online

Thursday, May 6th

10:00AM – Commencement Rehearsal

2:00PM – Commencement Ceremony 2021 (Online and in-person as permitted by Provincial restrictions)

7:00PM – Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony, Online

Saturday, May 8th
2:00PM – Commencement Ceremony 2020, Online

All times are in Mountain Daylight Time. 

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 Commencement link with your family and friends once it is published! 

Dress Code for Commencement
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.
Nurses – may wear lighter colored clothing under the white gowns, and white dress shoes (no running shoes, sandals or hiking boots).
All Grads – Please carry a Bible. 

Grad Gowns
For the Grad class of 2021: Pick up your cap & gown on Wednesday, May 6th in the Maxwell Centre – MX 101 Boardroom after grad rehearsal. Return your gown and hood by 5:00pm after Commencement to the MX 101 Boardroom. Please bring the hangers back but the 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.

Would you consider a  tithe opportunity and the chance to support the professors and staff who have supported you on your academic journey? Consider donating to the Prairie Staff/Faculty Professional Development Fund. 

Here is how to give a gift to this project: 

  • You can submit a credit card gift (Visa and MasterCard) through the online form at 
    • Select the currency you want the gift to be in, USD or CDN. 
    • Next, select the fund “Professional Development (Inc. Grad ’20 & ’21)” 
    • Fill in your details 
  • For check or cash gifts, you can either mail in to Prairie College
    • Address: Box 4000, Three Hills, AB T0M 2N0 
  • Or, if you are local, you can drop your check or cash off at the Reception Desk in the Maxwell Centre. 
    • There will be envelopes for you to put the gift in to give to the receptionist.

Thank you so much for helping Prairie faculty and staff this year!

Questions about Commencement 2020 or 2021 can be directed to Nicolle Ioanidis at or Danny Imes at