The definition of the word commence is "to have or make a beginning," hence the term commencement ceremony where diplomas are given to show all of the hard work and time that has gone into the degree as well as to represent the beginning of a new chapter in life.

The commencement ceremony is a time of celebration in a job well done, and a time of excitement as graduates look toward the new future of possibilities with the diploma they have worked so hard to receive. For more information on the commencement ceremonies at any one of Belhaven University's four campuses, have questions about times, speakers, what to wear, or even shoes? "Make a beginning" to the answers by reading more below.

Students, you can read additional information about graduation in BlazeNet.

Commencement Information for Jackson Campus

Congratulations on your anticipated graduation from Belhaven University. We are providing information for students and families as you prepare for commencement services.

Updated information as of March 20, 2024: Change of location and number of ceremonies....

We are very excited to announce that we will be hosting the commencement ceremony for our 2024 Spring graduates on Saturday, April 27, 2024, 9:30 a.m. at the Coliseum in Jackson, Mississippi. We anticipate a wonderful day celebrating your accomplishments at Belhaven University.

9:30 a.m. Commencement ceremony

  • All Degrees: Traditional students, MABTS students, graduate education students, graduate business students, and all undergraduate online and Jackson campus students.
  • All campuses: Traditional, Desoto, Jackson, and Online

Regalia - Orders and RSVP

Please follow this Belhaven University regalia website link to submit your regalia order.

The deadline to order regalia/submit RSVP is Wednesday, March 27, 2024. The website will be closed for orders after that time, and you will not be eligible to participate in the Fall ceremony if you do not order by this date.

Ceremony Tickets

Each participant can claim up to Fifteen (15) tickets using the link below beginning at 9:00 am (CST) on March 30, 2024.


Diplomas will not be available for pickup at commencement. Diplomas are mailed approximately 6-8 weeks after all course requirements are completed. Make sure we have your correct mailing address BEFORE you finish your degree requirements. Address changes can be made by completing the Address Change Form in Blazenet.

Visitor Information

Contact Information

Registrar’s Office – 601-968-5922 or

  • Jayson Bounds, Certification Specialist
  • Lee Craig, Registrar

Photo Gallery

Photos and video will be posted in a new album on the Belhaven University FaceBook site in the days following the commencement ceremony.

Commencement Videos

Contact Us

Registrar's Office

Phone: 601-968-5922

2nd Floor, Preston Hall
1500 Peachtree St., Jackson, MS 39202

Fax: 601-510-1238

the fountain on a sunny day with fitzhugh and preston in view

Verse of the Year

God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.

Philippians 2:13