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Families: Please read this letter written for you.

A Message from the President of La Sierra University

Congratulations! We rejoice with you as you achieve your degree goal. Now is the time to celebrate all of your hard work, and to look forward to the next chapter of your life. I share your sense of accomplishment.

I assure you that your time studying here at La Sierra University was a wise investment in your future. You are now part of La Sierra’s legacy of leadership and service. Since our founding in 1922, our alumni have distinguished themselves as thinkers, teachers, researchers, lawyers, judges, healthcare professionals, public servants, entrepreneurs, ministers, and activists. Now is your time to make an impact on the world.

I would like to extend a warm invitation to you and your family to participate in the 2015 La Sierra University Graduation Weekend. Graduation is a highlight for the University, and this year we are looking forward to another memorable occasion. Graduation weekend is June 12-14, with services in the La Sierra University Church on Friday and Saturday, and on our historic Founders’ Green on Sunday morning.

La Sierra has prepared you well and now it is up to you to grasp new opportunities, define yourself and your place in the world, and make a difference to those who will look to you for leadership and support. I wish you God’s richest blessings for a fulfilling and rewarding future.

Randal Wisbey

Seniors! Proceed to Class Website

Invitations Order Online

Regalia Regalia Order Form



Past Graduations Highlights

Guests Information

How to Get Here

Download the Graduation Campus Map

General directions to La Sierra University

From 91 freeway, exit Pierce Street (eastbound) or Magnolia Avenue (westbound). Head north on Pierce Street, which turns into Riverwalk Parkway.

University Church

Continue on Riverwalk Parkway to Golden/Pierce. Turn left. The church parking entrance is on your right on Pierce Street.

Founders’ Green

As you arrive at the La Sierra University campus, please follow signs to the various parking areas. Security officers and traffic coordinators will help direct you.

Brandstater Gallery

Continue on Riverwalk Parkway to Sierra Vista Avenue, turn left. Go to Carmine Street, turn left. Go to Blehm Street, turn left. Blehm turns into Quiet Lane. Enter campus off of Quiet Lane, and Brandstater Gallery parking lot (Lot I) is on the right.

Hotel Accommodations

Where to Stay

Area Hotels (*Includes Breakfast)

Listed by distance from La Sierra University

*Hampton Inn & Suites (1 mile; 3 minutes)
4250 Riverwalk Parkway
Riverside, CA 92505
(951) 352-5020

Mention or click here for La Sierra University rates beginning at $89
Groups of 10 or more rooms qualify for even greater discounts!

Contact Justin Balancio to inquire about group rates. 
951-352-5020 x4005 or 

*Ayres Inn Corona East (2.8 miles; 5 minutes)
2260 Griffin Way
Corona, CA 92879
951) 734-2140

Mention La Sierra University for rates beginning at $79
Click here to reserve your room at the La Sierra University preferred rate

*Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites (5.9 miles; 9-15 minutes)
1550 Circle City Drive
Corona, CA 92879
(877) 863-4780
(951) 479-4000

Mention La Sierra University for rates beginning at $72/night

*Hampton Inn Norco / Corona North (6.7 miles; 12 minutes)
1530 Hamner Avenue
Norco, CA  92860
(951) 279-1111

Award Winning Hotel; 100% satisfaction guarantee
Mention La Sierra University for special rates

*SpringHill Suites by Marriott (7.5 miles; 10-20 minutes)
2025 Compton Avenue
Corona, CA 92881
(951) 520-0984

Mention La Sierra University for rates beginning at $79

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa (11.1 miles; 20 minutes)
3649 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501

Residence Inn Corona, by Marriott (6.5 miles; 12-15 minutes)
1015 Montecito Drive
Corona, CA  92879
(951) 371-0107

Mention La Sierra University for discounted rates
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday include complimentary evening reception.

Guests with Disabilities

La Sierra University welcomes family members and guests with disabilities on Commencement Day, Sunday, June 15, 2014.

Accessible-seating, American Sign Language Interpreters and other reasonable accommodations are available for individuals with disabilities on Commencement Day.  For information related to reasonable accommodations or answers to frequently asked disability-related questions, graduating students and guests should contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) website at lasierra.edu/ods often as updated Commencement information will be posted as soon as it becomes available or by contacting the Office of Disability Services at ods@lasierra.edu or (951)785-2453.

Accessible seating on commencement day will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. La Sierra University will make every effort to accommodate parents and guests with disabilities on the morning of Commencement, however accessible seating is limited and advanced planning is strongly encouraged.

The accessible seating section just to the right of the main stage, as you are facing the front of the stage, is clearly marked with the International Symbol of Accessibility.

Please review the "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ's) below for information that will help to make your visit to La Sierra University and attendance at Commencement most enjoyable.

Additional questions regarding accessibility accommodation needs for Commencement events should be directed to ods@lasierra.edu.

Events of Commencement

Friday, June 12, 2015

8:00 p.m. Consecration

La Sierra University Church
Dr. Kendra Haloviak-Valentine, Associate Professor of New Testament Studies
H.M.S. Richards Divinity School
Dr. Lloyd Trueblood, Assistant Professor of Biology
College of Arts and Sciences

Saturday, June 13, 2015

10:45 a.m. Sabbath School

La Sierra University Church
Led by the Graduating Class

12:00 p.m. Baccalaureate

La Sierra University Church
Pastor Marlene Ferreras, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology
H.M.S. Richards Divinity School

3:30 p.m. Educator Dedication

La Sierra University Church
Dr. Linda Caviness, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction
School of Education

4:30 p.m. Divinity School Consecration Service

Matheson Chapel
Dr. V. Bailey Gillespie, Dean
H.M.S. Richards Divinity School

6:00 p.m. Commencement Concert

La Sierra University Church

Sunday, June 14, 2015

8:00 a.m. Commencement

Founders' Green
Dr. Sandra Roberts
University Trustee
President, Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

If you have any special accommodation needs, please contact Office of Disability Services (951-785-2453, ods@lasierra.edu) in advance.


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. 

To pre-order flower Leis, please email Robin Masiewicz (Robin@flowers4u.com) or call her at (951) 689-2711. Orders must be placed before June 6.  You can pick-up the leis on Friday at 7pm in front of the church. You can access their website here: http://www.flowers4uca.com

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. 

The La Sierra University 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. 

Cafeteria & Eagle’s Nest
Graduation Hours

Friday June 12th

  • Eagle’s Nest - 7:00am – 1:00pm
  • Cafeteria

    • Breakfast 7:15am-10:15am
    • Lunch 11:30am-1:30pm
    • Dinner Closed


Sabbath June 13th 


  • Cafeteria - Lunch 12:00pm-2:00pm

Sunday June 14th

  • Cafeteria - à la Carte 7am-10am

Download hours here

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. 

Videos of the services will be available here

Regalia Information

Students should pick-up their cap and gown at the campus bookstore beginning Monday of Dead Week.  It’s best to pick-up regalia in plenty of time to try it for size and iron the wrinkles before Friday of Graduation weekend.  Students will not be allowed to march without the proper attire.  There is no additional charge for regalia.

Graduation regalia instructional videos:

Bachelor Regalia

Master/Specialist in Education Regalia

Doctorate Regalia

Photography Information Commencement on Sunday

Class Group Photo

On Sunday morning, at 7am on the Library steps, a group photo of all graduates will be taken. After Graduation weekend, the photo will be available for free download on the Graduation webpage.

Professional Photos

Two professional photos will be taken of each graduate during the Commencement Program.  The first will be as each graduate accepts his/her diploma from the President.  The second will be a solo photo at the left side of the platform, before the graduate returns to his/her seat.

Photography Area

In addition, an area at the left side of the platform will be available for family/friends to take 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.