Commencement Information

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New Commencement Ceremony Structure

In previous years, we have conducted two ceremonies, one for graduate and non-traditional students and another for traditional students. Beginning this year, we will also conduct two ceremonies, but we will order our graduates by academic schools.

 Saturday, May 27, 10:00 a.m.

  • Briner School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Adult Studies

Saturday, May 27, 3:00 p.m.

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Professional Studies
  • Bastian School of Theology

Please see the "Graduates" tab for more information about which majors are included in which schools.

This new format will better accommodate students’ families and eliminate issues surrounding “standing room only” on the main floor of our venue, in addition to a full balcony and overflow area. It also allows students to invite more than four family members—an important consideration for those from broken homes and students who are first in their families to graduate.

Students will process and receive their degrees during only one ceremony, but they are free to attend both services. As part of “walk through” exercises Friday, May 26, traditional students will gather on the steps of the library for a class picture. They will participate in the ivy cutting ceremony and baccalaureate service as usual.

Commencement is an exciting time on every college campus. At Greenville, it acknowledges our students' academic achievements and reaffirms the continuing vitality of the campus. The granting of baccalaureate and graduate degrees is celebrated through long-standing traditions, as well as reflections on the opportunities ahead.

This website provides important details and information regarding graduation and the activities scheduled for Commencement Weekend, May 26-27, 2017.

To each of our graduates, we are eager for you to participate in Commencement exercises as a way of sharing this great accomplishment with your fellow students, as well as with the families who have supported you on your journey to one of life's most significant milestones.

2017 Commencement Speaker - Dan Haseltine

Greenville College alumnus, Dan Haseltine is the founding member and front man for the multiplatinum selling music group, Jars of Clay.  Founded at GC, this band is best known for their breakout song, “Flood,” which was the first of 14 number 1 radio singles, and the beginning of a career spanning 2 decades which earned the band, 3 GRAMMY Awards, 7 BMI Music Awards, 17 Dove Awards, and 4 American Music Award nominations for songwriting and performance.

Haseltine is the Founder of Blood:Water Mission, a non-profit organization that partners with local civil servants to help end the clean water and HIV/AIDS crises in Africa.  His work on humanitarian issues has earned him a Presidents Volunteer Service Award in 2015, as well as made Haseltine the first recipient of the Bob Briner Award for Christians in the marketplace.  An Epoch Global Missional Leadership Award, Congressional Coalition for Adoption Service Award for work related to vulnerable children and families, as well as The Recording Academy’s highest achievement awards, the GRAMMY HONOR for Humanitarian Service, and the GMA HONORS AWARD.

Dan Haseltine lives in Franklin, TN with his wife Katie of 20 years, and two teenage boys, Noah and Max.  He currently works as Founder & Sr. Development Officer at Blood:Water.  He serves on the board of The Many Hopes Organization, and as an advisor to visual artist, Wayne Brezinka.  Haseltine’s creative work includes the publishing of two children’s storybooks, “The One, The Only Magnificent Me,” and “Lulu & the Long Walk,”  He is a Composer and Music Supervisor for feature films and documentaries, jingle writer and graphic designer.

Haseltine’s essays ranging from social justice and humanitarian topics to music, religion and politics have been widely published in the Washington Post, Beliefnet.com, Christianity Today and many other books and publications.   

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