Commencement 2014


The Fuller Seminary Commencement will be held Saturday, June 14, at 10:00 a.m. at Lake Avenue Church, 393 North Lake Avenue, in Pasadena. The service itself will last a little more than two hours. The auditorium will be open for admission beginning at 8:30 a.m. In order to ensure adequate preferred seating for the families of all graduates, admission will require a Family Early Admission Pass until 9:30 a.m., at which time admission will be open (though seats will be very, very limited). Graduates who are planning to attend Commencement in Pasadena should complete and submit the Family Early Admission Passes Request (from the Commencement Forms and Links site) by May 5. There is no predetermined number of passes allocated per graduate. However, in order to ensure adequate and appropriate seating for the families of graduates, these passes will normally be available for family members only, and due to the number of participating graduates this year, a limit may have to be imposed. Family Early Admission Passes will be available only through graduating students who will be participating in Commencement, and will only guarantee seating until 9:30 a.m. After that time no pass will be required, and any remaining seats (which are expected to be very limited in number) will be available to anyone on a first-come, first-served basis.

Graduates must be in the designated student lineup room at Lake Avenue Church at 8:30 a.m. for robing and final instructions. 

Childcare is available by reservation from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (See CHILDCARE, below). Free parking will be available at Gateway Plaza, 300 North Lake Avenue, with free shuttle service to and from the church. Parking at the church itself is restricted.


Fuller's regional campuses will be holding their own Commencement events. Graduates and their guests are welcome to attend regional Commencement events as well as the all-seminary events in Pasadena. Please contact the regional campus office for further details on any of these events. (Note: all of the other information on this page refers to the all-seminary Commencement in Pasadena and related events.)

  • Fuller Northwest Commencement: Saturday, June 7, 2:00 p.m., John Knox Presbyterian Church, 109 SW Normandy Road, Seattle
  • Fuller Northern California Commencement: Saturday, June 14, 2:00 p.m., The Chapel at St. Patrick's Seminary, 320 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park
  • Fuller California Coast Graduation Dinner: Thursday, June 12 
  • Fuller Southwest Commencement: Saturday, June 14, 10:30 a.m., Living Streams 7000 North Central Avenue, Phoenix
  • Fuller Colorado Commencement: Friday, June 13, 6:30 p.m., Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs
  • Fuller Texas Commencement: Saturday, June 28, 3:00 p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church, 102212 Ella Lee Lane, Houston


Personalized graduation announcements may be ordered online from Herff-Jones. Remember that announcements do not function only as Commencement invitations, but also simply as announcements of your actual or impending graduation.


The 2014 Baccalaureate Service will be held on Wednesday, June 4 at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary of the First Congregational Church. Everyone is welcome. Graduates will meet in Payton 101 on the Fuller campus promptly at 9:30 a.m. to form the processional. Academic regalia is worn for this occasion. A reception will follow in the Garth, hosted by the Alumni Office.


Childcare will be provided for children five years old or younger (born on or after June 15, 2008) on Commencement Day, Saturday, June 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Lake Avenue Church. Reservation request forms can be completed online from the Commencement Forms and Links site, and must be submitted by May 5. This service is only available to participating graduates and their families, not other guests. The number of children we can care for is limited, and reservations will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We're pleased to be able to offer this service free of charge. Please note that it is imperative that the reservation process be followed fully and completely and in a timely manner, or we will not be able to care for your children.  


Diploma cases (not the diplomas themselves) will be presented to each graduate at the Commencement ceremony. Diplomas are mailed to graduates throughout the year, normally within about three months of the completion of all requirements for graduation.


Hooding services for doctoral programs and a variety of other receptions, dinners, banquets, and other events are being planned for graduates of different schools and programs during the week leading up to Commencement. Further information will be made available here as details become available.

The Office of Presbyterian Ministries will host a special graduation celebration for all graduating Presbyterian students in Payton Hall 101 on Friday, May 23, at  6:00 p.m. This is a free event for graduates and their families. The cost for others is $5.00. This relaxed gathering will include time for eating great food, honoring graduates, and celebrating the Lord's Supper. Contact the Office of Presbyterian Ministries at  by May 10 to confirm plans to attend (or call 626-584-5582).  

The School of Theology Graduate Union will host a dinner for graduating School of Theology students and their guests at Il Fornaio Restaurant in Old Pasadena at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 12. Tickets are available for purchase through June 8 through the TGU Facebook page (  Direct any questions to

The School of Intercultural Studies will hold a breakfast for doctoral graduates at the University Club (175 North Oakland Avenue) from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 12. The breakfast is free for graduates and $16 for guests, with a limit of one guest per graduate. Tickets must be reserved by May 30, and may be purchased or reserved online or through the CMR office (exact cash or check only). Even though graduates' tickets are free, all graduates must reserve their tickets online or through the CMR office (email Jenna Dunaetz at Korean Studies graduates should reserve or purchase tickets from the Korean Studies office.

The doctoral hooding service will be held from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. the same day at First Baptist Church (75 North Marengo Avenue) in Pasadena. Graduates should arrive at the church before 2:00 p.m. There are no restrictions on the number of guests for each graduate, but seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

All School of Intercultural Studies faculty, graduates (both master's and doctoral), their families, and guests are invited to attend the graduation banquet, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m.  on the Pasadena campus mall. At 6:00 p.m., the program and dinner will begin. Tickets for the graduation banquet are free for graduates and $15 for guests. Tickets can be reserved or purchased online or through the SIS Dean's Office (exact cash or check only). Tickets must be reserved or purchased by May 30. Even though graduates' tickets are free, all graduates must reserve their tickets online or through the SIS Dean's Office (626-584-5265 or Korean Studies graduates should reserve or purchase tickets from the Korean Studies office. 

The Korean Doctor of Ministry Program (School of Theology) has scheduled their hooding service in Payton 101 at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 13, followed by a luncheon on the Arol Burns Mall on the Fuller campus at noon. There will be a presentation of final project topics in the Ray Anderson Classroom on the Fuller campus at 2:30 p.m. Contact the office at 626-584-5651or  kdmin@fuller.edufor more information.

A hooding ceremony for Doctor of Ministry (School of Theology) graduates will be held on Friday, June 13, beginning at 3:00 p.m. in Payton 101. This ceremony will be followed by a light reception. Please contact the Doctor of Ministry office at or by phone at 626-584-5653 for further information.

A light reception for graduates of the Center for Advanced Theological Studies and their families will be held on Friday, June 13 at 5:00 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, adjacent to the Fuller campus. Graduates may bring three guests to the reception without cost; additional guests will cost $6 each. This will be followed by a hooding ceremony at 6:00 p.m. Contact the CATS office (626-584-5239or for details.

hooding service for all 2013-2014 doctoral graduates of the School of Psychology will be held in Travis Auditorium at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 13. This will be followed by a dinner for all the faculty, graduates (master's and doctoral) of both departments, and their families and invited guests, at 7:00 p.m. at the Westin Hotel. Graduates should contact for more information. 


We are pleased to be able to offer a special service again this year of individual photographs taken as each graduate crosses the stage at Commencement. Each graduate will receive free proofs and the opportunity to order copies online shortly after Commencement.

In order to avoid disrupting the Commencement service, we regret that we cannot permit guests to approach the stage during the ceremony to take photographs.

REGALIA.....MAY 27 - JUNE 14 

Rental caps, gowns and hoods are provided for Baccalaureate and Commencement at no cost. Only the rental regalia that we provide may be worn at Commencement or Baccalaureate.  

No preliminary fitting or ordering is required. Regalia will be distributed to graduates in the Payton Hall lobby at the following times: 

 Tuesday, May 27 11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
 Wednesday, May 28 11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
 Thursday, May 29 11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
 Saturday, May 31
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
 Monday, June 2 11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
 Tuesday, June 3 11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
 Wednesday, June 4   8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
 Thursday, June 12 11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
 Friday, June 13   8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Regalia will also be available at the time of lineup on Commencement Day at Lake Avenue Church for late arrivals. All regalia will be collected immediately after the Commencement ceremony. All regalia must be returned at this time. We must pack and return it immediately. 


There is no rehearsal for Commencement. Final instructions for the Commencement ceremony will be given beginning at 8:30 a.m. Commencement Day. It is imperative that graduates be in the designated student lineup room at Lake Avenue Church at 8:30 a.m. on Commencement Day for robing, lineup and final instructions. 


We hope we have answered all of your questions, but if there is anything else we can help you with, please feel free to contact anyone listed here for further assistance.

(626) 584-5200
(800) 235-2222
135 N. Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91182