Unfortunately, per CDC guidelines, Grad Fest is canceled and Commencement will not take place on May 7th as planned. Discussions for commencement and related events are ongoing. A survey was distributed to graduating students that will help inform these decisions.
Given the solemn yet celebratory nature of commencement and in consideration of other, guests and participants are asked to follow some basic rules of etiquette for such occasions.
Please follow instructions provided online for parking and arrival.
Plan to be at the ceremony at least 30 minutes before the ceremony start time.
The start of the Processional will be marked with the entrance of the American, California, and Christian flag. Men should remove their hats and guests who are able to stand should do so at that time.
Please remain in your seats for the duration of the ceremony. Do not block the aisles or passageways by attempting to greet or take photos with graduates.
Flowers and Leis
Flowers and leis will be sold on-site the day of Commencement with all proceeds going to support student participation on outreach and study abroad trips. Orchid leis, full- and half-dozen rose bunches, and graduation bears will be available for purchase. Eligible candidates are allowed to wear their leis during the ceremony. Cash, check and credit/debit are accepted.
Grad Images will be taking professional photographs. One will be taken of each eligible candidate as they walk the stage to shake the officiant’s hand and receive their diploma. Each graduate will have the option to order these photos after the Commencement ceremony.
There will be a 300-seat accessible seating section at Mariners Church for guests with a disability and their family members. The main entrance to the ceremony is accessible, as well as the entrance to the auditorium. Please look for accessible seating signs or ask an usher to direct you upon entry. Guests requiring specific services such as sign language interpreter or assistive hearing devices, must e-mail email@example.com or call 714.619.6551 to ensure all accommodations needs are met. All arrangements must be made no later than April 15.
Guests are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the Baccalaureate service. Parking is available in the church parking lots, on the street, or in the Newport Harbor lots across from the church.
The main entrance to the Sanctuary will be closed at 7:15PM to prepare for the Processional. Guests will still be able to access the Sanctuary through the side entrances on Saint Andrews Road and across from the Chapel.
Mariners Church 5001 Newport Coast Drive | Irvine, CA 92603
Please arrive 1 hour prior to the start of the ceremony to avoid traffic congestion when exiting the 73 Freeway. To avoid the toll road, please exit at MACARTHUR BLVD and turn LEFT on to BONITA CANYON DRIVE.
Enter the Mariners Church campus from NEWPORT COAST and BONITA CANYON DRIVE entrance/exits.
For guests using Disabled Person Parking, please enter from NEWPORT COAST. If you do not have Disabled Person Parking license plates, have your disability placard visible when entering the property so that our parking lot attendants can quickly identify your need and direct you to the designated parking area.
Attendees: All 2018 – 2019 SPS seniors approved for graduation
Dress Attire: Business Casual
About the Celebration: This event will be a fun, informal time for PS graduates and their cohorts to connect before Commencement. PS Faculty and Staff will be in attendance. Refreshments will be served in the Needham Chapel courtyard following the program. Each senior is allowed to RSVP for up to 5 guests.