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Commencement Ceremonies

Virginia Wesleyan University's annual Commencement ceremonies are held at the end of spring semester. These ceremonies bring together the University community to mark the achievement of degrees and for graduating students to be recognized and celebrated.

Commencement is held outdoors on the University Commons in front of the Greer Environmental Sciences Center. In the event of severe weather, the ceremony is moved to the Convocation Center inside the Jane P. Batten Student Center on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan University (Campus Map/Parking). Tickets may be required based on the size of the graduating class and expected guests.

2018 Commencement Ceremonies

​Virginia Wesleyan University's 49th Commencement
Saturday, May 19, 2018
11 a.m.
University Commons (in front of the Greer Environmental Sciences Center)

Commencement Speaker
Pamela Northam, educator, environmentalist and wife of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. Learn more.

Commencement ticket information: No tickets are required provided the 2018 Commencement Ceremony takes place as scheduled outdoors on the University Commons. In the event of severe weather, the ceremony will be moved to the Convocation Center inside the Jane P. Batten Student Center and each graduating student will receive up to seven tickets for guests. Visit the student Commencement Information page for more details.

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
Saturday, May 19

1 p.m. (following Commencement)
Hofheimer Library, first floor

Baccalaureate Service
Friday, May 18, 2018

6 p.m.
Haygood United Methodist Church
4713 Haygood Road, Virginia Beach

Baccalaureate speaker: Reverend Karla M. Kincannon ​'76
​No tickets required

FOR GRADUATING SENIORS: Visit the Commencement Information page for detailed instructions on academic deadlines, dress requirements, rehearsals, tickets and more.

Live Stream Information
Commencement will be live streamed and will also be simulcast in Boyd Dining Center for guests on campus during the ceremony. A link to the live stream will be provided.