Frequently Asked Questions
The Conferring of Degrees ceremony will be broadcast live on the internet for those who cannot attend in person.
Friday evening Consecration, Sabbath Church@Noon, and Sabbath afternoon Educators’ Dedication Service will all take place in the La Sierra University church, corner of Sierra Vista and Pierce. The Divinity School Consecration will take place in Matheson Chapel.
Conferring of Degrees will take place on Founders’ Green. While we always hope for a cool “June Gloom” type of morning for the Conferring of Degrees event, it can become very warm on the lawn if the day is sunny.
There is space for RVs in a lot by the Library; arrangements should be made by calling Campus Security, (951) 785-2222, prior to your arrival. Some local hotels include Ayres Inn, (951) 734-2140; Days Inn, (951) 358-2808. Ask for La Sierra rate.
Parking for LSU Church events is available at the church. For Sunday morning, security officers and traffic directors will be located throughout the campus, directing you to the various parking areas. If you need handicap parking on Sunday, notify a security guard upon your arrival to campus, and you will be directed to a reserved lot. All parking throughout the weekend is free, and the designations posted on parking lots indicating faculty or student parking will not be enforced.
Seating for Conferring of Degrees on Founders’ Green is available on a first-come, first-served basis. At least one family representative must be present to hold seats. All seats not occupied by 7:45 am must be released to others attending the event.
Pre-ordered Flower Leis
Flower leis ($27) can be pre-ordered at graduationorchidleis.com. Orders must be placed before June 6. You can pick-up the leis on Friday at 7pm in front of the church.
Orchid leis, bouquets and balloons will be sold on the main campus mall beginning no later than 7:00 a.m. on Sunday and concluding 30 minutes after the Commencement program. The florist accepts cash only.
Film, cards, drinks, etc.
The LSU Bookstore will be open from 6:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. The store offers a variety of La Sierra memorabilia, film and disposable cameras, greeting cards, plus drinks and snacks.
La Sierra University is very proud of the accomplishments of each of our amazing students, so we want the ceremony to be a pleasant experience for everyone. The Conferring of Degrees ceremony features traditional academic regalia and requires proper decorum. Please respect the rights and feelings of other participants and guests by remaining in your seat until all of the graduates have been recognized and the ceremony has concluded. In consideration of the speakers no beach balls or other distracting objects will be allowed in the commencement venue. Pagers and cell phones should be turned off or to vibrate mode during the ceremony.
For emergency medical service during the Conferring of Degrees ceremony, please contact an usher (wearing red vests).
An area at the left side of the platform is available for taking photographs or video at the time of the diploma presentation. To provide availability for all, please limit your time in this area for just your special graduate/s. Graduates will receive their degrees in the order printed in commencement program booklet.
Restrooms are located in several buildings around Founders’ Green, including La Sierra Hall, Hole Memorial Auditorium, the Dining Commons, and the upper level of the Administration Building.
The Dining Commons will be open on Friday for breakfast, lunch, and supper; they will be closed on Saturday. Limited food service will be available on Sunday from 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
All guests and grads are cordially invited to celebrate with faculty and administration at the post-Commencement receptions held by each school after the Conferring of Degrees ceremony. Light refreshments will be served.
DVD copies of the Commencement exercises (edited) are available on request for $15 per copy. Contact La Sierra University Multimedia Development Department, 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside, CA 92515.