At the end of the fall and spring semesters, PBA holds a commencement ceremony for all graduates. Graduation is the culmination of academic achievement. Commencement celebrates that achievement, bringing closure to your academic pursuits and marking the beginning of the next phase of your life. Palm Beach Atlantic University invites you to participate in our rich tradition of commissioning new graduates to lifelong Christ-centered scholarship, service, and citizenship!

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Spring Commencement 2020

Spring Commencement will be divided by school and held on campus.

Friday, May 1, 2020 at 10:00 am in the Rubin Arena

  • Rinker School of Business
  • School of Communication and Media
  • School of Music and Fine Arts
  • Undergraduate and graduate    

Friday, May 1, 2020 at 6:00 pm in the Rubin Arena

  • Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy
  • Combined Hooding and Commencement

Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 10:00 am in the Rubin Arena

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Nursing
  • Undergraduate and graduate
  • Combined Hooding and Commencement

Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 4:00 pm in the Rubin Arena

  • School of Education
  • MacArthur School of Leadership
  • School of Ministry
  • Undergraduate and graduate
  • Combined Hooding and Commencement

Further details about parking, arrival times, line-up, etc. will be sent as the dates approach.

Orlando Spring Commencement 2020

Orlando Campus Commencement Ceremony for spring 2020 will be held on Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. in Faith Hall on the campus of First Baptist Orlando. 


Fall Commencement Quick Facts

What time is graduation?

Fall Commencement 2019 will begin at 3 p.m. and will be held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. 

Doors will open for graduates at 1 p.m. and at 2 p.m. for guests. The doors will be closed at 2:55 p.m. for the processional and will reopen once graduates and faculty are seated. 

Where is the Convention Center and Where do I park? 

The Palm Beach County Convention Center is located at 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33401, approximately 5 minutes from campus. 

With 2500 available parking spaces, the Palm Beach County Convention Center offers paid, self-parking in the new 9 story parking garage. It can be accessed off Okeechobee Boulevard (south side) and right turn onto Rosemary Avenue. The garage entrance is at the end of Rosemary Avenue. Several additional parking garages are available across the street at Rosemary Square for overflow parking needs.

The parking garage for the Convention Center is located at 1099 S. Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. 

Find out about hotels and accommodations, and airport and transportation information. 

Do I need a ticket to attend graduation?

Tickets are required for all guests. Each student receives five complimentary tickets and have five additional tickets for purchase at $5 per ticket. 

Guests who require special seating should make note of that on their ticket order. For any additional questions, please contact the Office of Registrar at (561) 803-2000.  Guests may be seated one hour before the event. Commencement is a ticketed event, so please do not invite guests for whom you do not have tickets. Please keep in mind that only students can register and purchase tickets. 

Please email ticket questions to

What about photographs and recordings of the ceremony?

Grad Images is the official photographer for Commencement. Three individual photos of each graduate are taken. The proofs are sent to each graduate offering the option of purchasing the photos directly from Grad Images. Commencement will be recorded and available on Youtube. Ordering information is available at cap and gown pick up.

You may take your own photographs prior to, during and after the ceremony. Please observe the roped off areas that allow the academic procession to enter and leave the auditorium. Please be considerate of other guests and the nature of the ceremony when you choose your camera positions.

What happens after the ceremony?

When the ceremony concludes after the Benediction, guests are asked to stand during the academic recessional. At the conclusion of the recessional, guests may leave through the guest exit and join their graduates and the faculty for photos and fellowship.

Where can I buy graduation products? 

To order your graduation regalia, ring, announcements and diploma frame please visit here

If you have more questions, please contact: