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Graduation Information

Congratulations!

The AHU Spring 2022 Commencement Ceremonies will occur in a modified faced-to-face format.  Even though this year's event will be different and unique, we want to make this event very special for you, your family, and friends, so please pay special attention to the next steps for completion, and the event protocols and procedures outlined below. 

Orlando Campus: The Graduation Ceremonies (A-C) will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Calvary Church Orlando
1199 Clay Street
Winter Park, FL 32789

Each Ceremony will last one hour.

Denver Campus

Please review the ceremony schedule below for more detailed information. 

Ceremony Schedule

Ceremony Department Grouping Date Ceremony Start Time Arrival Time Doors Close
A Healthcare Administration,
Physician Assistant
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 TBD TBD TBD
B Occupational Therapy Tuesday, April 26, 2022 TBD TBD TBD
C Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice,
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 TBD TBD TBD
D AHU Denver Graduates Tuesday, April 26, 2022 TBD    
A Health and Biomedical Sciences,
Imaging Sciences
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 TBD TBD TBD
B Master of Science in Nursing,
RN-BSN Degree
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 TBD TBD TBD
C Bachelor of Science in Nursing Tuesday, April 26, 2022 TBD TBD TBD

Next Steps:

  1. Check your email inbox for the email from Marching Order which contains the link for you to register for the in-person ceremony. You will only receive this email, if you have submitted your graduation application, and received confirmation from the Office of the Registrar. 
  2. RSVP for Graduation via Marching Order site. 
  3. Submit the recording of your name, the phonetic spelling of your name, your graduation-themed photo (in regalia or professional dress), and your personal message through the link provided in the email. 
  4. Reserve tickets for your guests. Each graduate is allowed a maximum of 2 tickets. Children of any age are required to have a ticket if attending. 
  5. This site will close on March 25, 2022 so be sure to RSVP and enter the requested information before that date. 
  6. Please check your emails regularly and this website for updates regarding graduation. 

Graduation Day Protocol, Conduct, and Procedures

As we continue to prepare for this event in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask that you carefully read and observe the event conduct, protocols, and procedures outlined below.

Before the Ceremony:

  1. The graduate and their guests will have to arrive together to be able to check-in, therefore carpooling is strongly encouraged.
  2. All graduates and guests will be required to check-in before entering the sanctuary. Please have your ID ready upon check-in. 
  3. When you and your guests arrive, please make your way to the check-in stations. 
  4. Please ensure that you and your guest(s) arrive with masks. At the check-in stations, all graduates and guests will be required to change their masks to university-issued masks. 
  5. Take note of the arrival window for your ceremony and please arrive on time. All graduates and their guests must check-in together within the allotted 30-minute window stated above.  Your party will not be allowed to check-in until all members of your party are present. 
  6. The parking lot will close 15 minutes prior the start of each ceremony. Anyone who arrives outside of the specified arrival window will not be granted access to the event. No exceptions. 
  7. Ensure you have your GradPass with you when you arrive at the ceremony. Please print your GradPass, or have your GradPass ready on your phone to be scanned when you approach the check-in station, for quick processing. Your GradPass will be used a second time. It will be scanned to enter you into the queue to cross the stage. Please have your ID ready upon check-in. 
  8. Only ticket holders and those in possession of their GradPass will be granted entry to the event. 
  9. All attendees will have their temperatures checked upon arrival. If anyone in your party has a temperature outside of the acceptable range, the whole group will be denied entry. 
  10. Each attendee will receive a safe attendee wristband if their temperature is in the acceptable range, their mask is worn correctly, and their ticket is valid. 
  11. All graduates and guests are expected to abide by all AHU COVID-19 guidelines. 
    • Please always maintain social distancing
    • Masks are mandatory. Wear masks correctly (covering nose and mouth) while on the premises
    • Wear your safe attendee wristband
  12. Please arrive wearing your regalia. Please watch the regalia videos below (under Ordering Regalia), to ensure you are wearing your regalia correctly.
  13. Hang your tassel on the left side as moving the tassel will not be part of the ceremony. 
  14. Wear dark-colored clothing under your regalia because the gowns are lightweight and semi-transparent. 
  15. All clothing and accessories should adhere to the University's Student Deportment and Dress Policy, as stated in the AHU Student Handbook. 
  16. Caps may be decorated, but must remain tasteful and adhere to the University's Student Deportment and Dress Policy. Anything perceived as inappropriate will be removed, and you will be given a plain black cap.
  17. Wear flat or low-heel shoes. Assistance up and down the stage will not be provided.
  18. Please do not bring any extra items into the sanctuary, such as flowers, balloons, large purses, strollers, etc. 
  19. If you have questions or require ADA accommodations, please contact ahu.graduation@ahu.edu.
  20. Please always follow the directions of staff personnel and security officers. The instructions below are to ensure everyone's safety while complying with the facility's regulations. 

During the Ceremony:

  1. Once you have cleared the check-in station, please follow the directions of the ushers in the sanctuary to be seated.  Each graduate will be seated together with their guests to form a pod of 3. Graduates will be seated by program/department.
  2. Please remain seated throughout the ceremony. 
  3. Graduates will be notified at the appropriate time to stand and form a queue to walk across the stage.  Your GradPass will be scanned in order for your name to be read, so ensure it is with you. 
  4. Once you have crossed the stage, please promptly return to your seats. 
  5. Please remain seated at the end of the ceremony and wait for exiting instructions. 

After the Ceremony: 

  1. Please promptly exit the building when instructed to do so. 
  2. Follow the directions of the parking attendants to safely exit the lot. 
  3. View the post ceremony slideshow at www.ahu.edu/events/graduation. 

Share the Moment: 

  1. Livestream: If you are unable to attend the physical ceremonies, each ceremony will be livestreamed. Please join us at the dates and times listed above via a YouTube Premier Event. If you wish to submit comments, congratulations, or kudos during any of the ceremonies, please sign into YouTube via a Google account. More information on how to access the streaming ceremonies will be provided. 
  2. Social Media: Use the hashtag #AHUGRAD2021 to share your achievements on social media. 
  3. Flipgrid: Graduation messages submitted via Flipgrid by students, alumni, and faculty. The messages will be available for your viewing pleasure on Friday, April 22, 2022 at 12:00pm EST.  Please see below for instructions. 
  4. All graduation videos, messages, and profiles will be available after the event starting on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. 

To make graduation a more meaningful experience, we would like to as you to submit a short Flipgrid video.  We will post the video here the Friday before graduation- 04/22/2022. 

Please use the links below to submit the data listed. The portal will be open from 04/08/2022- 04/22/2022
1. Submit a short video recording via Flipgrid
    a. Please log in with your AHU issued email- name.name@my.ahu.edu
    b. We would like to incorporate your voice into the graduation celebrations with a short video from you. 
    c. Please take time to look at the different accents, filters, and text options in Flipgrid to personalize your message
    d. To verify the recordings, please use your first and last name for the title of the file. 

Please contact us at AHU.Graduation@ahu.edu if you have questions. 

Family & Guests

Please direct your family and guests to www.ahu.edu/events/graduation for more information about graduation, any updates, and to view the post ceremony slideshow. 

Please always follow the directions of staff personnel and security officers. The instructions below are to ensure everyone's safety while complying with the facility's regulations. 

Before the Ceremony:

  • The graduate and their guests will have to arrive together to be able to check-in, therefore carpooling is strongly advised.
  • All graduates and guests will be required to check-in before entering the sanctuary. 
  • When you and your party arrive, please make your way to the check-in stations. 
  • Please ensure that you and your guest(s) arrive with masks. At the check-in stations, all graduates and guests will be required to change their masks to a university-issued mask. 
  • Take note of the arrival window for your ceremony and please arrive on time.  All Graduates and their guests must arrive together within the allotted 30-minute window stated above.  Your party will not be allowed to check-in until all members of your party are present. 
  • The parking lot will close 15 minutes prior to the start of each ceremony. Anyone who arrives outside of the specified arrival window will not be granted access to the event. No exceptions. 
  • Ensure you have your ticket with you when you arrive at the ceremony.  Please print your ticket or have your ticket ready on your phone to be scanned when you approach the check-in station for quick processing.  
  • Only ticket holders will be granted entry to the event. 
  • All attendees will have their temperatures checked upon arrival.  If anyone in your party has a temperature outside of the acceptable range, the whole group will be denied entry. 
  • Each attendee will receive a safe attendee wristband if their temperature is in the acceptable range, their mask is worn correctly, and their ticket is valid. 
  • Once you have cleared the check-in station, please follow the directions of the ushers to the sanctuary to be seated. Graduates and their guests will be seated by program/department. 
  • Please do not bring any extra items into the sanctuary, such as flowers, balloons, large purses, strollers etc. 
  • If you have any questions or require ADA accommodations, please contact ahu.graduation@ahu.edu
  • All graduates and their guests are expected to abide by all AHU COVID-19 guidelines:
    • Please always maintain social distancing
    • Masks are mandatory. Wear masks correctly (covering nose and mouth) while on the premises
    • Wear your safe attendee wristband

During the Ceremony:

  • The Commencement Ceremony is held in a church sanctuary so please remember the following:
    • No food or drink is brought into the sanctuary
    • No noisemakers, cat calls, or yelling in a disrespectful manner during the ceremony
    • Please silence all phones and electronic devices
  • A professional photo will be taken of each graduate. Flash photography should not be used in the vicinity of the University photographer since this could potentially result in a less than optimum official photo of the graduate. 
  • Please remain seated throughout the ceremony. Do not move into the aisle during the ceremony. 

After the Ceremony: 

  • Please promptly exit the building when instructed to do so. 
  • Follow the directions of the parking attendants to safely exit the lot. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I register for tickets?
    • The link has been provided in the email that you received from Marching Order.
  2. Do Graduates need a ticket to attend the ceremony?
    • Graduates do not need a ticket but will receive a GradPass that they will need to present to gain entry to the event.
  3. How many tickets is each graduate allowed?
    • Two tickets.
  4. Where do Graduates sit during the ceremony?
    • Graduates will be seated with their guests. Graduates of the same program will be seated in the same section, socially distanced, in their pods of 3 persons (1 graduate + 2 guests)
  5. Can guests be seated as soon as they arrive?
    • No, all members of their party of 3 will be seated together after check-in.
  6. Are children included in the 2 tickets allotted to each person?
    • Yes. Two allotted tickets include adults or children of any age.
  7. If I do not want to attend the in-person ceremony, how can I view the graduations?
    • Each graduation ceremony will be livestreamed. The link to access the stream is _ and will be available on April 26, 2022.
  8. Who does the 300 person limit for each ceremony include?
    • Graduates, Guests, Event Staff, Calvary Staff, OPD Officers, and Photographers
  9. If the 300 person limit is not reached, will students be allowed extra tickets?
    • No. Graduates will only be allowed 2 tickets.
  10. Will masks be provided?
    • Yes, masks will be provided to all graduates and guests at check-in
  11. What happens if I or my guest arrives Late outside of the arrival window for my ceremony (listed on the graduation site)?
    • Late arrivals will not be allowed into the event. The parking lot will close 15 minutes prior to the event. In the event that this occurs, please note that the group will have the option to watch the livestream of each ceremony.
  12. Where can I find my arrival window?
    • The arrival window is located on the guest ticket and grad pass, and in the ceremony schedule above.
  13. If a graduate or guest, or event staff member has a high temperature, what will happen?
    • The Graduate and their guests will not be allowed into the event.
    • The Event staff member will not be allowed into the event.
  14. Will there be flower sales during the graduation?
    • No
  15. Will baby strollers or car seats be allowed?
    • No Strollers will be allowed. Car seats allowed.
  16. Is there a specific place I should park?
    • Yes, all graduates and guests will park in Parking lot B(this parking lot is located on Minnesota Avenue)
  17. How early can I arrive?
    • You can arrive 45 minutes before the start of your ceremony. Please see the website for your specific arrival window.
  18. When will I be allowed to check-in and be seated?
    • Check-in and seating will begin 45 minutes before each ceremony start and will end 15 minutes before ceremony start. Please see the website for your specific arrival/check-in window.
  19. If I have a question about graduation, where do I go?

Applying for Graduation

Submitting a Graduation Application will enable you to register for your capstone course(s) and provide us with the details we need to plan for the ceremony. Complete the Graduation Application and email it to Registrar@ahu.edu. A graduation fee of $115.00 dollars will be assessed to your student account upon processing and approval of your graduation application.

Graduation Application (PDF)

Application Deadlines

Graduation Date Application Deadline
Fall February 1
Spring July 1
Summer November 1

Receiving Your Diploma

Diplomas are mailed six to eight weeks after the end of each trimester. To ensure there is no delay in sending your degree, please complete the following steps:

  • Check for Holds. Check your student account for holds. All holds except for the alumni hold must be cleared before degrees are conferred and mailed.
  • Check Service-Learning Hours. Make sure you have fulfilled the service-learning requirement for your degree.
  • Confirm Personal Information. Diplomas are mailed to the address listed on your student account. You may change your address at any time via the Personal Information tab through your MARS portal. If you wish to have your Diploma mailed to a different address, please contact the Office of the Registrar at AHU.Registrar@ahu.edu. If you had a name change since you submitted your Graduation application, be sure to update your information by filling out a Name Change Form electronically. All Information must be updated by the day after Graduation.
  • Complete Exit Loan Counseling. If you received student loans while attending AdventHealth University, you must complete exit loan counseling on the National Student Loan Data System website at https://studentloans.gov. When selecting a college, make sure to choose AdventHealth University (03115500).
  • Acquire Business Office Clearance. Your student account balance must be paid in full before your diploma is mailed to you.
  • Check your student email frequently. You are responsible for checking your AHU student email account regarding upcoming graduation announcements.
  • Complete the alumni survey. You must complete the alumni survey prior to receiving your diploma. This survey will be emailed to you from the Office of Alumni Services. Check both your personal email on file or your school-issued email account.
  • Complete the Proficiency Profile Assessment. The ETS* Proficiency Profile was developed to measure and demonstrate the outcomes of general education programs in order to help institutions improve the quality of instruction and learning. The Proficiency Profile Assessment applies to undergraduate at both the Orlando and Denver Campuses. An email will be sent to your school-issued email account from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness: Sylvia.Bondanese@ahu.edu

Ordering Regalia

All graduates must order their regalia online, through Oak Hall There is no charge to order your regalia (includes cap, gown, hood, and tassel). All regalia will be mailed directly to the students.

Order Regalia →

Ordering Dates

Please be sure to order your regalia before the dates below if you plan to attend the Spring 2021 Graduation Ceremony.

Frames and Announcements

Graduates and Guest may order frames and announcements online through the links below.

Frames

Order frames through Church Hill Classics

Order Frames →

Announcements

Shop Announcments at Josten's