Graduates should arrive in advance of the ceremony according to the instructions for graduates available on the Student Portal.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s BBQ picnic will likely be a little different than years prior. Limited seating is available. We invite all graduating students and their families to bring personal blankets or lawn chairs for seating. Join us outdoors for a true picnic-style BBQ meal, as well as the option to take a tour of the new chapel and student life center. Our faculty will be in attendance and there will be opportunities to introduce your family to your professors as well. Even though the event is outdoor-only, masks (when not eating) and social distancing will be required due to current DTS guidelines.
Because this is an outdoor-only event, in the case of inclement weather the event will be canceled. More information regarding the purchase of BBQ tickets coming soon.
Childcare is available only during the Commencement Ceremony. Reservations are required. More information regarding reservations for childcare coming soon.
Translation services will be provided for the commencement ceremony held at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Spanish and Chinese (Mandarin) only. Please see instructions below.
El día de la graduación, tendremos una mesa en la que podrá recoger un dispositivo para escuchar la ceremonia de graduación traducida en español. Cuando vaya a recoger el dispositivo le pediremos que nos deje un documento de identificación para garantizar su devolución.
Estamos en el proceso de crear una lista para asegurarnos de tener suficientes dispositivos. Por lo tanto, si usted va a necesitar alguno, le pedimos que envíe un correo electrónico a Marta Hernández a email@example.com con la cantidad que va a necesitar y los nombres de las personas que lo van a utilizar.
We have a limited number of channels available for attendees needing Mandarin translation for the Commencement Ceremony. Priority will be given to the graduates and their family members. If you need translation in Mandarin, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org BEFORE April 30th. After receiving confirmation that you have reserved a translation receiver, please arrive at the Welcome Center no later than 9:00am to check out the receiver. A driver’s license and/or credit card are required as deposit.
普通話同步翻譯：我們將在5月9日畢業典禮提供普通話翻譯，給有需要的中文部畢業生以及家屬親友。如果您有需要聽普通話翻譯，請於4月30日前與中文部 email@example.com 預約翻譯收聽器。有收到預約確認電郵者，請於典禮當天早上9時至教會大廳的接待處，領取收聽器，需要以駕照或信用卡做抵押。
Each year, the graduating class collects money for a physical gift for the benefit of future students at DTS. Past graduating class gifts have included outdoor seating by Hope Coffee, outdoor seating by Walvoord Student Center, artwork in various buildings on campus, the large campus sign facing Live Oak, the “classic” campus sign on Swiss Avenue, TV monitors across campus, and trees/landscaping across campus.
The 2021 Commencement Ceremony will be held in person on May 8, 2021 at Prestonwood Baptist Church. Due to the pandemic, DTS will adhere to all current COVID-19 health and safety guidelines by respecting safe distances for seating and by limiting the number of attendees. Masks will be required. Additionally, all commencement events will require registration for seating capacity purposes. See below for more information on each event.