GraduationCommencement will take place Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. at Sevierville Convention Center located at 202 Gists Creek Road, Sevierville, TN  37876.

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Ken Mahanes ImageDr. Ken Mahanes was born in Lexington, Kentucky.  He is a graduate of Georgetown College with a degree in communication.  He completed both the masters and PhD degrees at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

For 30 years, Dr. Mahanes served in the pastorate, nearly 20 of these years as Senior Pastor of the 3,500 member Far Hills Church in Dayton, Ohio.  He has spoken to churches and church groups from Canada to Columbia, SA and is a contributor to the book, Southern Baptist Preaching Today.  He has traveled throughout the Middle East on four occasions.

In 1998, Dr. Mahanes left the pastorate to become the first full-time dean of the School of Ministry at Palm Beach Atlantic University, a position he held for 5 years.  During 2002-03, Dr. Mahanes served as the Interim President of Palm Beach Atlantic University.  In 2003, he became Vice President for Religious Life and currently serves as Special Advisor to the President.

Dr. Mahanes is active in the community and has spoken at numerous churches in the area.  For 6 months, he served as the Interim Pastor of the Royal Poinciana Chapel on Palm Beach and for 7 years he served as the seasonal Pastor of Lost Tree Chapel, a non-denominational chapel located on Singer Island in North Palm Beach.

He has been married to his wife, Evelyn, for 49 years and they are the parents of two sons, Mark, who works for IBM and lives in Atlanta, and David, an independent film producer in Austin, Texas. Evelyn and Ken are the proud grandparents of four grandchildren.

Graduate Reception

President and Mrs. Gary Weedman will host a reception at the White House for graduates and their immediate family members.

Campus Map


Map and Directions to Sevierville Convention Center

Graduation Announcements

Information concerning graduation announcements is being sent directly to you from Herff Jones to the address you indicated on your Intent to Graduate.

Regalia Pick Up

Regalia pick-up is scheduled for March 27th-March 31st, the first week after Week of Evangelism. The times for pick-up will be 12 - 5 p.m. You may not pick up your regalia at the front desk but rather at the back door of the Registrar’s Office. There will be no exceptions to pick up time and place. 

A note pertaining to alternate pick up methods:

  • If anyone other than the graduate plans to pick up regalia, they will need to present a note with your Student ID number, your alternate’s name, and the signature of the graduate. They will be required to print and sign their name to receive your regalia.
  • Full regalia will be required at commencement.
  • ***The Registrar’s Office and Johnson University are NOT RESPONSIBLE for regalia picked up by an alternate that is not received by the graduate. ***


The rehearsal for Graduation will be on Friday, April 28th at 2 p.m. in the PW Gymnasium. Only graduates and faculty are to attend the rehearsal. Following the rehearsal, there will be a reception at the White House at 3:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and immediate family is welcome to attend.


Commencement will take place on Saturday, April 29th at 3 p.m. at the Sevierville Convention Center. 202 Gists Creek Rd, Sevierville, TN 37876

Students will have a separate entrance into the convention center, follow the signs on site to get to the back entrance.  Please arrive at the convention center at 1p.m. Keep in mind, traffic may be heavy in the area. Please encourage your guests to arrive early. 

Please be aware, there is no secure area to store personal items.

Appropriate Attire 

Commencement is an important part of your college career. Therefore, you should dress appropriately as to hold up a sense of formality and dignity. Men should wear a button down shirt, tie, dark pants, and dark dress shoes. Women should dress modestly and suitably for a special occasion. Please avoid anything that would draw attention to yourself or embarrass your classmates or their guests.