Commencement 2015


Fuller Seminary's 66th Annual Commencement will be held Saturday, June 13, 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 3. 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 depending on 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 (available by reservation only) is 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 6, 2:00 p.m., Westminster Chapel, 13646 NE 24th Street, Bellevue
  • Fuller Bay Area Commencement: Saturday, June 13, 2:00 p.m., The Chapel at St. Patrick's Seminary, 320 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park
  • Fuller Sacramento Commencement, Saturday, June 7, 7:00 p.m., Capital River of Life Christian Church, 40 Goldenland Court, Sacramento
  • Fuller Orange County Graduation Dinner: Thursday, June 11
  • Fuller Arizona Commencement: Saturday, June 13, 10:30 a.m., Living Streams Church, 7000 North Central Avenue, Phoenix
  • Fuller Colorado Commencement: Friday, July 17, 6:00 p.m., Springs Community Church, 7290 Lexington Drive, Colorado Springs
  • Fuller Texas Commencement: Saturday, June 20, 10:30 a.m., Founder's Chapel at Grace Presbyterian Church, 10221 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 2015 Baccalaureate Service will be held on Wednesday, June 3 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 14, 2009) on Commencement Day, Saturday, June 13, 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 3. 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 weeks 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 students in the Presbyterian community on Thursday, May 21 at 6:00 p.m. in Payton 101 on the Pasadena campus. The celebration will include dinner, worship music, and a time of reflection and prayer. Rev. Chris Murphy, Director of Presbyterian Ministries, will be our speaker for the evening. This celebration is free for graduates and their families, and $5 per person for others.

The Pannell Center for African American Church Studies will host a celebration of this year's Black graduates on Saturday, May 30, in Barker Commons on the Pasadena campus. There will be dinner and dessert, live music and art, as well as reflections from the graduates. Rev. Dr. Joy Moore will be speaking. The evening is open to the entire Fuller community. Tickets are free for graduates and faculty, and $10 per person for others.

The Theology Graduate Union, along with the School of Theology, will host a dinner and reception for graduates and their guests on Thursday, June 4, at the Rococo Room located in Cafe Santorini. After dinner, graduates will hear from faculty and classmates, and end the evening with dancing. Tickets are $10 per person.

On Monday, June 8, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Centro Latino invites graduates, families, faculty, administration and staff to celebrate this year’s graduates and the award recipients of the Rosales, Hispania, and Olga Martinez Scholarships. A worship service, program, and reception will be held in Payton 101 and the Garth.

The School of Intercultural Studies will hold a breakfast for doctoral graduates at the University Club (175 N. Oakland Avenue) from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 11. Tickets may be purchased online beginning April 17th. Korean Studies graduates should reserve or purchase tickets from the Korean Studies office.

The School of Intercultural Studies doctoral hooding service will be held at the First Baptist Church in Pasadena (75 N. Marengo Avenue) on Thursday, June 11 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Graduates should arrive 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 on Thursday, June 11 at 6:30 p.m. on the campus mall. Tickets for the graduation banquet must be purchased by May 30. Registration will open April 20. Although graduates' tickets are free, all graduates must reserve their tickets in advance online. Korean Studies graduates should 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 12, followed by a luncheon on the Barker Commons 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 626-584-5651 or for more information.

A hooding ceremony for Doctor of Ministry (School of Theology) graduates will be held on Friday, June 12 at 3:00 p.m. in Payton 101. Lineup of graduates begins at 2:30 p.m. beginning at 2:30 p.m. The ceremony will be followed by a light reception.

A hooding service for all 2014-2015 doctoral graduates of the School of Psychology will be held in Travis Auditorium at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 12. This will be followed by a dinner for all faculty, master's and doctoral graduates, their families and invited guests, at 7:00 p.m. at the Westin Hotel. All guests must register at 

A light reception for graduates of the Center for Advanced Theological Studies and their families will be held on Friday, June 12 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 for details. Online registration closes on June 7.


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 (online and by mail) 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 26 - JUNE 13 

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 26 11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
 Wednesday, May 27 11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
 Thursday, May 28 11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
 Saturday, May 30
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
 Monday, June 1 11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
 Tuesday, June 2 11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
 Wednesday, June 3   8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
 Thursday, June 11 11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
 Friday, June 12   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