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One of the most exciting times in this institution is graduations or matriculations.  Both faculty and students always look forward to this day when their time, efforts and investment into their ministry training is crowned with their Diplomas or Certificates.  

Upon eligibility for graduation, students are required to register with a $150.00 fee with the office of the registrar for their graduation ceremony/commencement.  Graduation registrations cover the purchase of their graduation regalia (which requires an 8-week lead time prior to graduation to ensure students have their outfit for the graduation event).  

Students are required to be onsite at the graduation event at least 1 hour before the event for photography and rehearsal.

Graduation Regalia for Students

Students must contact the registrar's office for the cost of their regalia.

  • Black Cap

  • Black Gown

  • Blue and Gold Tassel with class year

  • White Stole with crosses

  • Class year Medallion

  • Gold Honor Roll Cord


Ceremony Regalia for Faculty & Staff

The appropriate robes with school colors must be worn, as well as any doctoral accessories/garments for PHD holders and Chancellor/Pro-Chancellors. Contact the administrative office if you have any questions concerning the appropriate outfit to wear.

Special Awards & Recognition

  • Chancellor's Award

  • President's Award

  • Alumni Spotlight Award

  • Lecturer/Instructor of the year award

  • Valedictorian Award

Speeches during Graduations

  • President

  • Provost

  • Dean

  • Guest Speaker

  • Valedictorian

  • Director of Alumni Relations


The valedictorian of a graduating class is the student who has the highest grade point average, and is often lauded for his or her extracurricular activities and service hours, as well. The valedictorian is called that because he or she gives the valedictory speech at commencement, which is considered a farewell speech to his or her classmates. The word valedictorian is derived from the Latin phrase "vale dicere", which means to "say farewell".


The salutatorian of a graduating class is the student who has the second highest grade point average, and is often lauded for his extracurricular activities and service hours as well. The salutatorian gives the salutation, or welcoming speech at commencement. The word salutatorian is derived from salutatory, meaning greeting.

Graduating with Honors

Cum Laude: Graduating with Honor means graduating cum laude. What does cum laude mean? Translators define cum laude as With Praise. Cum laude honors, graduated with honors, graduation honors, and graduate cum laude all involve a high GPA.

Magna Cum Laude: The magna cum laude definition is With Great Honor. Scholars define magna cum laude meaning With Great Praise. Usually it means you had the second best grades. 

Summa Cum Laude: Most define summa cum laude as With Highest Praise, and the summa cum laude definition is With Highest Honor. It usually means highest grades.

Graduating With Honors: 

Cum laude: - 3.5 to 3.6

Magna cum laude: - 3.7 to 3.8

Summa cum laude: 3.9 - 4.0 


DCIBIN provides refreshments after each graduation event.

If you have any questions pertaining to graduations, you may email the registrar's office at

President fixing up a graduation student
President smiling during a graduation ph
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