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 May Commencement

SATURDAY May 11th, 2019

Graduate from Southern Nazarene UniversityPreliminary Events: 

Professional Studies Graduation Reception

Friday, May 3, 2019 (Times TBA)
Royce Brown Building (Bethany). 

Graduates will pick up their regalia at the reception. 

Tulsa Graduation Reception

Friday, May 3, 2019 (Times TBA)

NOTE: Tulsa Students should call the Tulsa office for reception information.  

Monday – Thursday, May 6th thru 9th

Traditional graduates need to pick up their regalia in the registrar’s office in Bresee between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Graphic Design Senior Show - Friday, May 10, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. in Parker Fine Arts Center

Baccalaureate - Friday, May 10, 2019 - 6:00 p.m., Herrick Auditorium.
Following the Baccalaureate in May, the recessional line will follow University Marshals to the Lamp of Learning where the graduating class will participate in one of SNU’s oldest traditions, initiated in 1933 - the Ivy Ring Ceremony. Graduates are joined together by holding an unbroken chain of ivy, symbolizing the unity of purpose shared by the class through their years at SNU. When the ivy is severed, graduates will be separated signifying the parting of ways to serve God and others with the knowledge they received at SNU.

Nursing & Pinning Ceremony - Friday, May 10, 2019 – 2:00 p.m., Herrick Auditorium
Reception in Herrick Auditorium, foyer, following the ceremony.

Commencement Day

SATURDAY May 11th, 2019

Undergraduate (Traditional) Commencement Ceremony 

Doors Open – 9:00 a.m., Sawyer Center (see NOTE below) Commencement Ceremony Begins – 10:00 a.m.  
Live Streaming of Commencement available at

Professional & Graduate Studies Commencement Ceremony
Doors Open – 1:00 p.m., Sawyer Center (see NOTE below)
Commencement Ceremony Begins – 2:00 p.m.
Live Streaming of Commencement available at

Graduate Line-Up Information

Unable to attend in person?

Watch Commencement FREE online at
Broadcast begins at 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM (CDT)

NOTE:  Guests and graduates should plan to arrive at the Sawyer Center conscientious of their physical ability to stand outside and wait.  For parties with elderly or disabled guests, the prospect of experiencing physical challenges of standing outside waiting for the doors to open creates a common concern. To address this issue as best we can, SNU has designated sections of the main floor of the gymnasium as priority seating for elderly and disabled guests.  This courtesy is provided in an attempt to allow those in more fragile physical condition to arrive as the doors open and still have an opportunity for adequate seating.  Because of this provision of special seating, we request that ALL guests and graduates remain outside the Sawyer Center until the doors open. Dates and times are subject to change without notice.

***Once the Commencement ceremony begins the doors to the main floor will be closed.  All guests at that time will be directed to the 2nd floor for seating.



Our Nazarene Heritage
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to educating people for lives of service to God, leadership, and reconciliation toward their neighbors and within the global community. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage

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