Schedule of events: College of Arts and Sciences

Please note: For the comfort of all our guests, no smoking or pets are allowed at any event, whether indoors or outside.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

3 p.m. at the Casa Loma Room: Lavender Recognition Ceremony

Please join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating LGBTQA seniors at the annual Lavender Recognition Ceremony

Friday, April 22, 2016

9:30 a.m. at the Memorial Chapel: Senior Honors Convocation

The Senior Honors Convocation recognizes students, faculty, staff and administrators who have risen to the top in their areas of specialty. Join us to recognize achievements from scholar-athletes and student leaders to outstanding faculty and administrators, the “best of the best” in our University community.

2:30 p.m. at the Alumni House West Lawn: Medallion Ceremony for Legacy Graduates

This ceremony, for graduates with a parent, grandparent, sibling or spouse who is a University of Redlands alumna or alumnus, honors family connections to Redlands. Graduates will receive a special Legacy Medallion to wear at Baccalaureate and Commencement. Reservations are required by clicking here or calling 909-748-8011. A separate invitation will also be sent.

5 p.m. at the Memorial Chapel: Baccalaureate

An ecumenical ceremony of worship in celebration of and thanksgiving for lives dedicated to learning and wisdom. School of Business, School of Education and College of Arts and Sciences graduates participate in Baccalaureate. The procession for graduates begins at the Hall of Letters, proceeds across Colton Avenue and down the sidewalks of the Quad to the Memorial Chapel. Graduates must report to the Hall of Letters North Lawn no later than 4:30 p.m. Cap and gown are required for participation. Hoods are not worn by master’s candidates at this event. Family and friends should go directly to the Chapel. Seating is limited, so guests are advised to be seated early.

6 p.m. at the Gallery Lawn: Senior Dinner

This is an opportunity for the graduates to gather and celebrate their accomplishments with family, friends and classmates. Seating is limited. Reservations for graduates and all guests are required by returning the form on page 11 of the Commencement Guide, by calling 909-748-8011 or by registering online by clicking here. This event is free for graduates and $35 for other attendees. Reservation deadline is Thursday, April 14, 2016. 

7:30 p.m. at the University Club: Passover Seder

The Passover Seder is an opportunity for graduates who identify as Jewish and their families and friends to gather to celebrate the first night of Passover. Participants will join together in a Passover service to recount the story of Exodus, partake in the blessings and ritual foods and enjoy each other’s company. Please reserve your place online by clicking here or calling the Office of Alumni & Community Relations at 909-748-8011.

8:30 p.m. at the Memorial Chapel: Student of Color Recognition Ceremony

The Student of Color Recognition Ceremony provides the opportunity for graduates of color to celebrate in a more intimate setting. Culturally specific stoles are presented to each graduate, typically by members of their immediate families who also have the opportunity to say a few words about their graduate.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Tickets are not required for any of Saturday's events.

9 a.m. at the Alumni Greek Theatre: College of Arts and Sciences Commencement Ceremony

The Alumni Greek Theatre is an open-air amphitheater. Due to capacity issues, graduates are asked to limit the attendance of family and friends in the theatre to six people and direct others to the live streaming locations. This historic outdoor venue has very limited handicapped accessibility and no shade. It may pose challenges to guests who have difficulty walking or negotiating uneven steps. Limited ADA-accessible seating is available at the back of the theatre for disabled guests and one companion. Guests with special needs should plan to arrive early to ensure adequate seating as space is on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating cannot be reserved, and early arrival is recommended. 

1 p.m. at Bekins Lawn: Johnston Commencement

Johnston graduates may elect to walk in the 9 a.m. commencement ceremony as well as at the Johnston-specific commencement. Please consult with your student about his or her plans. If you have further questions about the Johnston commencement, please contact Teresa Area at 909-748-8339 or at 

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College of Arts & Sciences Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, April 23, 2016