Road to Graduation

Road to Graduation

May 2021 Commencement Information

We will be celebrating graduation two (2) ways this year:


1)  In-person graduation ceremony at First Baptist Conyers, Georgia, Friday May 14th.

  • The in-person ceremony starts at 5:00 p.m.  Rehearsal is at 4:15 p.m.
  • This is a ticketed event.  Graduates and one (1) guest must have a ticket to attend.
  • Only graduates in attendance are recognized during this ceremony.


   For those who are not attending in person


2)  Virtual graduation ceremony

  • The pre-recorded ceremony is available on the Luther Rice YouTube page.
  • All 2020 and 2021 graduates are recognized during this ceremony.
  • Note there are 2 videos: 2020 graduates and 2021 graduates.
  • The virtual ceremony will begin at 7:30 pm., Friday May 14th.
  • Luther Rice YouTube:
  • The virtual ceremony will remain on YouTube for future viewing.


Graduation Commencement Ceremony:

Friday, May 14, 2021 at 5:00 pm


Please submit your graduation application by November 6, 2020 to avoid a $100 late fee.  The late fee applies to applications received between November 7 and February 5.  No applications will be processed after FEBRUARY 5, 2021.  Delivery of graduation regalia and diplomas in time for the commencement exercises is guaranteed only if applications are received by February 5, 2021.


It is the student's responsibility to apply for graduation.  Students who do not attend the commencement ceremony are still required to submit a full application and pay their graduation fee for their degree to be conferred.  If a student fails to apply for graduation, becomes inactive, and later returns, they fall under the jurisdiction of the policies and procedures of the catalog in effect at the time or their return. 


Please note, May 2021 banquet and commencement ceremonies are subject to change due to uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.  While current 2021 plans assume no COVID-19 restrictions, we ask that all prospective graduates stay informed of any future changes.


2020 Graduates Affected by Cancellation of Ceremonies Due to COVID-19

2020 Graduates who were unable to participate in graduation ceremonies (banquet and commencement) are welcome to participate in the 2021ceremonies.  Those interested must log into MyCampus, click on "Academics", then "Graduation Management", and then the section labeled "2020 Delayed Commencement Ceremonies Application" to access the online application.  2020 Graduates are limited to 2 extra commencement tickets and 4 extra banquet tickets.  Extra tickets will be announced in April 2021 and distributed if tickets come available.

Applying for Graduation 

Log into MyCampus, click on "Academics" and then "Graduation Management" to access the Online Graduation Application.

Please read the 2021 graduation information below prior to completing the online application.  Along with the application for Graduation, the student must submit the appropriate graduation fee in order to graduate. 


2021 Graduation Fees

Bachelor: $175.00

Masters: $215.00

Doctoral: $245.00

Late Application Fee: $100.00
All Graduation fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Degree Completion Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of the semester hour and course distribution requirements of the degree program.
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for Bachelors and Masters and 3.0 for Doctoral.
  3. Any exit exams or other assessments administered to the graduating class must be completed by the student prior to the award of his degree.

Ordering Diploma, Cap & Gown

The graduation fee includes the cost of your diploma, cap, and gown.  The Graduation Application requires you to accurately provide your height and weight to ensure that your gown fits properly.  Your cap and gown will be available for pick-up from the Luther Rice campus several days prior to graduation day.  You will be given more specific times and dates as your graduation day approaches.  Students who choose not to attend commencement will receive their diploma, cap, and gown in the mail within 3-to-4 weeks after commencement. 

Graduation Status Tool

The “Graduation Management” link on MyCampus allows you to track your graduation application process.  The link displays which steps in the application process have been completed.  Access this link once you have finished completing your application. The link is located under the Academics menu tab (the same link used to apply for graduation).

Student Account / Financial Aid Information

The graduate must have a zero student account balance in order to receive student account clearance for graduation.  The graduate can log into their account on MyCampus to check their balance and make payments as necessary.  Graduation fees are non-refundable if for some reason you are unable to graduate.  Payments made immediately prior to graduation must be cash or credit card only.  Student account clearance is one of the final graduation clearances given by Luther Rice.  Therefore, students typically receive clearance the day they pick up their regalia.

If you received any student loans during your studies at Luther Rice, you must complete Exit Counseling in order to receive graduation clearance from the Financial Aid office.  Please visit to begin Exit Counseling.  

Graduation Banquet

The annual Graduation Banquet is held the night before commencement.  The graduate’s banquet ticket is complimentary. Tickets for friends and family of the graduate are available for $25 each.


First Baptist Church of Snellville
2400 Main St E
Snellville, GA 30078

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021

Time: 6:45 pm (Doors open at 6:15 pm)

No Nursery will be provided.

Graduation Ceremony


First Baptist Church of Conyers
2100 Highway 138
Conyers, GA 30013

Date: Friday, May 14, 2021

Optional Portraits: Friday, 12:00-2:00 pm

Rehearsal: Friday, 2:00 pm

Commencement: 5:00 pm (Graduates in their seats in the staging area at 4:30 pm sharp!)

There will be a nursery available, but reservations must be made by May 2nd.


Attendance at commencement is highly recommended for every student.  The opportunity to meet classmates from various states and foreign countries is an enriching experience.  A diploma cannot be received until the graduation exercises are completed.  If a student has completed all the requirements for his degree program but has not graduated, a Letter of Completion may be obtained from the Registrar's office.  The student must still apply and pay the graduation fee. 

2019 Graduation Celebration Video



2019 Links to Photos Website


2019 Full Commencement Video Link

Video Link (large file)

Commencement Video Archives

2016 Commencement Ceremony Video (Large file)

2015 Commencement Ceremony Video (Large file)

2014 Commencement Ceremony Video (Large file)

2013 Commencement Ceremony Video (Large file)