Start with the Registrar’s Office
Each spring, eligible students will receive an email announcement from the Registrar’s Office, stating the office is accepting Degree Applications for the graduating class of the following year. Each student must submit an online Degree Application through Banner Self-Service during the application period, in order to be listed as a pending degree candidate. You can find more information by visiting the Registrar’s Office website.
Get what you need!
Grad Fair Dates:
- Thursday, March 12th from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- Friday, March 13th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Saturday, March 14h from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
UMW regalia is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. The UMW regalia ensemble includes a cap, gown, tassel, hood, and zipper pull. The Bachelor’s Degree Ensemble is $59.99 plus tax, and the Master Degree Ensemble is $64.99 plus tax.
The UMW Bookstore will have a limited supply of regalia available after March 18th.
Order regalia online beginning March 17th through April 19th. A $15.95 home shipping fee and sales tax will be added to each order. A late charge of $10 will be added to any regalia ensemble purchased in the UMW Bookstore after March 22nd.
Announcements are available for sale in the University Bookstore. Personalize your graduation announcements by visiting: www.cbgrad.balfour.com or by calling 1-800-433-0296.
Diploma Frame Selection
A variety of UMW eco-friendly frames are available with a 10% savings during Grad Fair.
Getting your name right!
This year, the University of Mary Washington invites you to use NameCoach to make sure your name is pronounced correctly at commencement. Just click the link below based on the College from which you will graduate. Follow the directions on how to voice-record your name, it’s that easy! You may also fill out the phonetic spelling of your name while you’re on the website.
College of Arts and Science: https://www.name-coach.com/record/UNDERGRADCAS
College of Business: https://www.name-coach.com/record/UNDERGRADCOB
Graduation Ball, The Anderson Center
Thursday, May 7, 2020 ~ 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
This formal event, sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and Engagement is for seniors and graduate students who graduated in Fall 2019 or are graduating in Spring 2020.
Tickets will be available to pick up between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Monday, April 27 through Thursday, May 7 at the University Center. Graduating seniors will be allowed one guest ticket. Anyone not on campus to pick up tickets may ask to have tickets available at will call at the Anderson Center. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and make the request for will call.
Practice Makes Perfect
Commencement Rehearsal, Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall
Friday, May 8, 2020 ~ 1:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
All degree candidates are expected to attend the 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.
It’s Your Day!
Commencement, May 9, 2020
Please arrive no later than 8:15 a.m in your regalia. Candidates for Commencement will line up around Jefferson Square at this time to be ready to process at 9:00 a.m.
The procession will begin promptly at 9 a.m. Candidates for Commencement will process from Jefferson Square through the Bell Tower and down campus walk to Ball Circle.
Guests and graduates may park in any space on campus that is not designated as reserved, handicapped, or full. The parking deck on Alvey Drive is available for parking as well. There will be trolleys transporting guests from Alvey Parking Deck and Sunken Road lots to Ball Circle before and after the ceremony. Additional parking may be found along College Avenue. All city parking restrictions are lifted to celebrate commencement. The George Washington Hall Parking Lot is designated completely for handicapped parking. Golf cart shuttles will transport guests needing special assistance between the George Washington lot and Ball Circle.
The venue for Commencement is on Ball Circle. The venue is fully accessible and will be set with over 8,000 folding chairs. The ceremony will be streamed live with a link on the University web page and also on a large screen at Ball Circle.
Candidates are to line up around Jefferson Square where ushers will be available to assist. At 9:00 a.m. the candidates for undergraduate commencement will process down campus walk and onto Ball Circle. All guests are asked to clear campus walk at 9:00 for the processional.
Graduates will be required to sit in reserved seats. A seating plan will be distributed prior to the ceremony at rehearsal. Guests are invited to find a seat on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Those participating in the ceremony are expected to wear the appropriate regalia for your degree program. Caps me be decorated keeping in mind our institutional community values. What you wear under your regalia is a personal decision; please make sure you are comfortable and prepared for the weather.
A professional photographer will take pictures of each graduate upon exiting the stage. These pictures will be made available for purchase. Guests may take photographs during the ceremony.
A flower vendor will be on campus walk for guests to purchase flowers for their graduate. Please pre-order flowers from our vendor;
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Immediately following the ceremony, you are invited to celebrate with family and friends at the Commencement Luncheon in the Chandler Ballroom in the University Center. Tickets are required and can be purchased online. A limited number of tickets MAY be available for sale the day of the event with slightly higher pricing.
Ticket prices for adults are $12.75 and $6.50 for children (11 years of age or younger) and may be ordered online.
The University holds commencement exercises outdoors, even when it is raining so dress accordingly. Tickets are not required for an outdoor commencement. However, in the event of extreme or dangerous weather, such as a severe thunderstorm, the University will implement the severe weather plan and communicate it on our website.