Congratulations 2017 Graduates!

It is with mixed emotions that we plan for graduation. We are happy for you as you leave and continue your life journey. But, we are saddened at the thought of you not being here with us!  We have a full schedule planned for you including a check-in welcome area on Thursday and Friday morning, graduation rehearsal Thursday afternoon, a concert Thursday evening, graduation luncheon, and the commencement service on Friday evening. Bring your family and friends to celebrate this milestone with you. Look forward to seeing you!

Graduation Instructional Video


Need Accommodations ?

If you need a hotel during your visit, use this link HOTELS LINK to find a room. A map of hotel accommodations is available to help you plan your stay.

The lovely, historic, Brookstown Inn is close to Piedmont, has great ratings and offers a discount for those visiting the school. Call them direct and inform them you are coming to Piedmont to receive the discounted rate of $99 for week nights and $119 on the weekend. 336. 725.1120

Holiday Inn Express,110 Miller Street, 336.721.0220 offers a special rate to Piedmont of $89.99 for week nights and $99.99 for weekend nights.

Commencement Activity Schedule

Thursday, May 4, 2017
8:30AM -2:00PM
Welcome/Check In
Tent In Front of Deeds Hall

  • Check-In 
  • Tour Campus
  • Pick-up your regalia
  • Update information with the alumni office
  • With a $20 donation to Alumni receive a set of green cords for graduation and a double wall,PIU Alumni glass water bottle
  • Receive a complimentary professional headshot

Thursday, May 4, 2017
2 PM - 4 PM

Commencement Rehearsal
Salem Auditorium

All graduating students are required to attend. Families of the graduates are encouraged to explore our great city of Winston-Salem  during the rehearsal this time. You may like Old Salem (similar to Williamsburg) as it is and just blocks away. 

  • Check-In Begins at 1:30
  • Lasts approximately 2 hours
  • Update your information with Alumni Representative
  • Attire - Casual
  • Etiquette - silence cell phones, limit texting, and be attentive to the process
  • Childcare - None available
  • Disabled Access - Yes, main entrance
During rehearsal graduates will learn their seating position and responsibilities during the processional, degree recognition, and recessional periods. Other administrative announcements will be given as well. For full graduation instructions please check out this video.


Thursday, May 4, 2017
7:00 PM
Celebration Days Concert 
Salem Auditorium

This is a FREE event and all are invited to hear our great music department in concert. Nursery and childcare provided up to age 6. Light refreshments will be served following the concert at Grace Hall.

Friday, May 5, 2017
8:30AM -10:30AM
Welcome/Check In
Tent In Front of Deeds Hall

  • Check-In 
  • Tour Campus
  • Pick-up your regalia
  • Update information with the alumni office
  • Recieve a complimentary professional headshot

Friday, May 5, 2017
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Commencement Luncheon
Pope Activity Center

  • Doors open at 10:40 am
  • Must make reservations
    Graduates FREE,
    Guests - adults $15
    Children under 10: $10
  • Attire - business casual
  • Childcare - not provided, but the whole family is invited (tickets needed)
  • Disabled access - Main entrance  to Pope Center

Reserve your luncheon tickets now!

Following our meal together

  • Undergraduate students will remain in the Pope Activity Center for dessert and fellowship.
  • Temple Baptist Seminary graduate students dismissed to another location for dessert and fellowship
  • School of Leadership graduates will be dismissed to another location for dessert and fellowship. Tickets may only be ordered online through this link

Friday, May 5, 2017
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Professional Photographs

Schedule a time to have a professional photo taken in the studio wearing your graduation regalia. There is a charge for the photos.

Friday, May 5, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Salem Auditorium

  • Foyer opens at 5:30 PM
  • Auditorium doors will open at 6:00 PM (no exceptions)
  • Graduates must be in SBC Fellowship Hall by 6:15 pm to line up
  • Attire -
    Gentleman graduation candidates are expected to wear white dress shirt, with dark pants, dark tie, dark socks, and dark shoes. Lady graduation candidates are expected to wear dark dresses with black dress shoes (closed toe with at least a strap to secure the heel for safety in navigating stairs).
  • Open to public
    Join us for the graduation ceremonies for degree conferrals earned by the students of Piedmont International University. Any earned Certificates, as well as Associate, Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral degrees will be awarded during the ceremonies. 
  • Etiquette - silence cell phones, limit texting, limit pictures (professional photographers will be on hand who will post on Facebook for your use as long as you share them on FB.)
  • Childcare - Nursery and care facilities (up to age 6) provided on site
  • Disabled Access - Yes, main entrance with some special seating

For those unable to attend, a live stream of the ceremonies will be available online (link will be added). 

Order Invitations, Class Rings, and Souvenirs

Graduation invitations, class rings, etc., can be ordered online through Herff-Jones.

Commencement Speaker

Kay Lee Arthur is the commencement speaker this year.  She is an international Bible teacher, four-time ECPA Christian Book Award winning author, and co-CEO of Precept Ministries International.

Since co-founding Precept Ministries International, Kay has written more than 100 books and Bible studies, with over 11 million in print. Her inductive Bible studies are available in nearly 150 countries in approximately 70 languages.  Precept Inductive Bible Study groups meet in all 50 states of the USA.

Kay is a conference speaker who speaks extensively, both nationally and internationally, teaching the Word of God and the Inductive Bible Study Method. She was awarded the NRB Hall of Fame Award at the 2011 National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Convention & Exposition.  “The paramount concern Kay Arthur has is for the sheep to follow the Good Shepherd,” said NRB President and CEO, Dr. Frank Wright. “Kay and Jack have dedicated four decades to equip Christians with the tools necessary to mine the Scriptures on their own.”

Read Kay's full biography here.