School of Public Health 2019 Commencement Events

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11


Date and Time


Rehearsal/Regalia Pick-Up 

(Attendance is mandatory)

Thursday, June 13, 4:30 PM

Drayson Center

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Friday, June 14, 11:00 AM

Campus Hill Church

Nutrition and Dietetics Pinning Ceremony
(Joint with Allied Health Professions)

Friday, June 14, 4:00 PM

Centennial Complex, Damazo Amphitheater

Celebration of Graduates Vespers Service

Friday, June 14, 7:00 PM

University  Church

Baccalaureate Service
(Public Health and Allied Health Professions, Behavioral Health, Nursing, and Religion)
Speaker: Randy Roberts, DMin

Saturday, June 15, 11:45 AM

University Church

Conferring of Degrees 
Speaker: Damian Chandler, MDiv

Sunday, June 16, 1:30 PM

Drayson Center

SPH Awards Chapel 

Wednesday, May 8, 11:00 a.m.
Collins Auditorium, Drayson Center

Rehearsal/Regalia Pick-Up (mandatory)

Thursday, June 13, 4:30 p.m.
Drayson Center, Collins Auditorium

The rehearsal is coordinated by the SPH Office Academic Records. The event will be held in the Collins Auditorium at the Drayson Center. Attendance is mandatory. Refreshments will be served promptly at 5pm followed by a walk-thru in the Gymnasium. Regalia will be handed out at this event; please bring picture ID. This event is for graduates. Please do not bring family or friends. 

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Friday, June 14, 11:00 a.m.
Campus Hill Church

The Hooding Ceremony is one of the highlights of graduation weekend for Doctoral students. This event provides an opportunity for you to honor your loved ones, and has become a tradition that you and your guests will not want to miss. Please be at the church foyer at 10:30am for line-up. This program will be held in the Campus Hill SDA Church. A reception will follow in Linda Hall. The SPH Office of Student Services has sent out information regarding this event. 

Pinning Ceremony (Coordinated Program in Nutrition & Dietetics)

Friday, June 14, 4:00 p.m.
Centennial Complex, Damazo Amphitheater

Arrive for Pinning Ceremony in professional clothing with lab coat (same for person pinning you) at 3:30p.m.The ceremony begins at 4:00 p.m. Guests are welcome. 

“Focus on Graduates” Vespers Service

Friday, June 14, 7:00 p.m.
Loma Linda University Church

The service will be held at the Loma Linda University Church. This non-denominational service is planned especially for you and your family. Come and enjoy. You do not need to RSVP, and regalia is not required. All are invited.

School of Public Health Baccalaureate Service

Saturday, June 15, 11:45 a.m.
Loma Linda University Church

Baccalaureate is a worship service designed to showcase our graduates of all faiths and is open to your families and guests. Your classmates will be participating with short vignettes and music. You are asked to wear your regalia and assemble in front of Magan Hall near the Good Samaritan Sculpture by 11:00 a.m. for assistance with robing; service starts at 11:45 a.m. sharp. There is no formal marching order for this service.

NOTE: There will not be a place to leave personal items such as purses or coat jackets, so please arrange to leave these items with your families or plan to carry them with you. (This service is called a “baccalaureate service” but all students, including masters and doctoral degree candidates are included). Flower leis will not be permitted in the University Church, please advise your family members accordingly.

School of Public Health Commencement Service - Conferring of Degrees (mandatory)

Sunday, June 16, 1:30 p.m.
Drayson Center

Please be at the Drayson Center by 12:30p.m. for line-up. 

Assemble in the Drayson Center near the racquet ball courts no later than 12:30 p.m. Enter through the Basaraba Garden entrance of the Drayson Center. You will not be allowed inside the gowning area without your regalia on hand, and bring ID Family/friends ARE NOT allowed in the gowning area. Several staff members will be available to assist you with robing and the lineup. DO NOT BE LATE! The academic procession will begin PROMPTLY at 1:30 p.m. You and your family/friends are invited to attend. 


Contact us if you have questions regarding the School of Public Health graduation events. For more information about graduation weekend, please contact the SPH Office of Academic Records, Nichol Hall room 1515, Phone: (909) 651-5378 or email

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