Commencement Schedules


May 7th

9 p.m. – 1 a.m.: Graduation Ball, William M. Anderson Center

Seniors and graduate students are invited to a formal celebration with music, food, and a cash wine bar. Dress is formal to semi-formal. Each student will receive two free tickets and are welcome to bring a non-senior or non-UMW student as a date. Information on ticket pick-up will be provided at a later date. The tickets are the only means of entrance for the event and are used to receive a Grad Ball glass at the end of the evening. All attendees 21 + years of age will receive a wristband at the check-in table. The event is for seniors and graduate students who graduated in Fall 2014 or are graduating in Spring 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Student Activities at 540/654-1061 or

May 8th

1 p.m.: Undergraduate Commencement Rehearsal, Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall

All undergraduate degree candidates are expected to attend rehearsal. Students will meet in Dodd Auditorium for instructions before assembling around Jefferson Square and processing to Ball Circle for announcements from the University Administration.

6:45 p.m.: Graduate candidates line up. George Washington Hall

Degree candidates should report to George Washington Hall no later than 6:45 p.m. Ushers will be available to show graduates where and how to line up.

7:30 p.m.: Graduate Commencement

Graduate Reception immediately following Commencement on Campus Walk

May 9th

8:15 a.m. Candidates for Undergraduate Commencement line up around Jefferson Square

9 a.m.: The procession will begin promptly at 9 a.m.

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Commencement Picnic, Palmieri Plaza