When and Where is the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony?
The Undergraduate Ceremony will take place Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 9 a.m. on Ball Circle. Future Commencement dates are available here.
What if it rains?
The Ceremony will be held at Ball Circle, rain or shine.
What time should I arrive?
Ball Circle will open for seating at 7:00 a.m. the day of Commencement. We ask that guests are seated prior to 9:00 a.m. processional down campus walk.
How long is the commencement ceremony?
The ceremony will last approximately three hours.
Are tickets required?
No, tickets are not required to attend the ceremony. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.
Who do I contact if someone in my family needs a special accommodation?
The ceremony on Ball Circle is one level and fully accessible with flexible seating.
The George Washington lot is reserved for handicapped parking. You must display your handicapped decal or have a designated license plate to park in this lot. On Saturday May 13, golf cart shuttles will transport guests needing special assistance between the George Washington lot and Ball Circle. Additional golf cart shuttles will be available near designated handicapped parking in the Lee Hall and in Monroe Hall parking lots.
The University will be providing American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters. Please contact the Events Office at (540) 654-1087 as soon as possible to arrange for reserved seating.
Am I allowed to decorate my regalia cap?
All degree candidates are welcome to personalize their caps being mindful of our community values.
Is there an event following the commencement ceremony?
A picnic lunch is offered immediately following the ceremony. Tickets are required for this event.
Who participates in the commencement ceremony?
ALL candidates for undergraduate degrees are expected to attend the commencement ceremony including those who finished in Summer or Fall of 2016, but it is possible to graduate in absentia. Candidates who cannot attend must submit a written request no later than April 14, 2017, for permission to be excused to Sharon Williamson, Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If my student completed his/her degree requirements in the Fall, is there a separate Commencement Ceremony?
There is only one Commencement Ceremony each year in May. If a student completes all degree requirements in the Fall they are invited to participate the following May but are not required to, it is their personal choice.
If a graduating student or guest requires special accommodations, what should I do?
All venues are wheelchair accessible. Please contact the Office of Events and Conferencing if you have questions or concerns by April 21, 2017 by submitting the Contact Us form.
Will professional photos be taken of graduating students?
Yes, a photographer from GradImages® will be at the commencement ceremony to photograph each graduate. Graduates will receive a free passport-sized digital proof via email within 1 to 3 days and via postal mail within 5 to 7 days following the ceremony. After Commencement, orders may be placed online or by calling 1-800-261-2576.
Since photographers will be available, family members and guests are encouraged to remain in their seats, relax, and enjoy the ceremony.
Will flowers be available for sale?
Yes, a flower vendor will be on campus walk for guests to purchase flowers for their graduate. Please pre-order flowers from our vendor;