Announcement about Graduation

Dear Graduates,

We pray you are staying safe and healthy, and you are able to enjoy some time with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving. We are writing to update you on the December graduation.

Given the increased COVID-19 cases, growing concerns about the spread of the virus, and the new orders from the Governor of North Carolina, we have made the decision to cancel the December graduation.

We encourage you to watch this short video from Dr. Akin. He wanted to share a personal word with you about this decision. This decision was not made lightly. It seemed best in light of the need to prioritize the health and well-being of everyone and to honor the guidelines set forth by our officials here in North Carolina.

You will find additional information below that will be helpful for you to know; however, if you have any questions, then please contact us.

We are thankful for your patience and your willingness to be flexible in this season as you have completed your studies at Southeastern Seminary and the College at Southeastern.

We want to congratulate you on your incredible achievement! It hasn’t been an easy year, but you have made it through to the end, and it has been a joy to walk alongside you in this journey.

Please let us know how we can serve you in any way.


Herff Jones does allow some regalia to be returned. In some circumstances, your gown, hood, and cap (all unused) may be returned for credit (less shipping costs) if the packaging is unopened. Your package must be postmarked prior to your ceremony date. For product return information, please contact Customer Service by filling out this online form  to get started or by calling 1 (800) 837-4235. You can also contact our Herff Jones representative, Barry Waseleski, at


Graduates can pick up their diploma in person at the Registrar’s Office during normal business hours from December 14th through January 8th. Diplomas not picked up by January 8th will be mailed out the following week (January 11-15).

Please remember that all coursework must be completed and all accounts must be settled (e.g., Accounting, Housing, etc.) in order for your diploma to be released.