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Sep 30

The Black Plague: Infecting Faith and Art

12:00 p.m.

The Wesleyan Sacred Music Institute presents early church scholar Mary Charlotte Elia, VWU'03, and Dr. Joyce Howell, VWU Professor of Art History, in a free webinar which explores the changes in faith and practice in the Christian Church as it trudged through the devastating epidemic of the 14th century, and the effect on artists of the day, and the works that followed.  (FREE on Zoom: contact for registration details)

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Oct 2 - 4

Virtual Homecoming and Family Weekend

While Homecoming and Family Weekend 2020 will look different than prior years, we are excited for the opportunity to celebrate with alumni and friends near and far through a virtual version of the event. Guests will still enjoy campus traditions such as Marlin Spirit Day, the Chili Cook-Off and Class Reunions as well as some new events such as the Virtual Marlin 5K and an Alumni Esports Exhibition!

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Oct 2 - 4

Marlin Fringe Festival

During Homecoming Weekend: Experience the Arts! 

Friday, October 2, 2020

Neil Britton Art Gallery Virtual Exhibition

Juke Vox Virtual Concert
7:30 p.m.
VWU's a capella ensemble, Vox Vera, performs

Blue Marlin Productions
8:30 p.m.
VWU student filmmakers exhibit recent work.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Neil Britton Art Gallery Virtual Exhibition

Alumni Showcase
3:00 p.m.
VWU Fine Arts alumni reunite for a special one-time-only performance

Fall Music Concert
4:00 p.m.
VWU's student ensembles The Camerata Choir, VWU Orchestra, and VWU Jazz are joined by alumni, faculty, and special guests

Performing Arts Showcase
7:30 p.m.
VWU students present live and recorded performances followed by a Stay-at-Home Virtual Homecoming Dance

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Neil Britton Art Gallery Virtual Exhibition


Oct 12 - 13


Classes will be held.


Nov 9 - 10

Robert F. Boyd Institute

The Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

*Postponed until further notice.* The Robert F. Boyd Institute will feature Rev. Olu Brown as keynote speaker on November 9 - 10, 2020. Rev. Brown is the lead pastor of Impact Church near Atlanta. In 2016, Impact Church was listed as one of the top 100 fastest growing churches in America. A graduate of Jarvis Christian College and the Interdenominational Theological Seminary, Rev. Brown says he is “truly a church planter at heart.” He is the author of Zero to 80: Innovative Ideas for Planting and Accelerating Church Growth, and Leadership Directions from Moses. His latest book, 4D Impact: Smash Barriers Like a Smart Church, was released in April 2019.

This two-day seminar focuses on how to anticipate and embrace change, particularly in an institution—the church—that frequently is reluctant to do so. Lunch is included on Monday and light breakfast on Monday and Tuesday. Monday, November 9, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday, November 10, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. This $75 seminar is open to all, but also awards one continuing education credit for clergy from the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. If you are interested in registering for the 2020 Boyd Institute, please contact Kelly Jackson ( at the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom.

Nov 12

Music of the Mayflower: Communal Music in a Time of Isolation

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Dr. Bianca Hall, Lecturer in Music at Old Dominion University, is joined by DrSandy Fryling (St. Patrick Cathedral, London OH), William Rowley (Lecturer, California State University-Fullerton), Joel Nesvadba (bass, Los Angeles CA), and Dr. Jason Yoshida (Lecturer, University of Southern California) in a virtual concert and question/answer period on music that passengers on the Mayflower brought with them, the music they would have known, and music about mariners of their time.  The presentation demonstrates the resilience of individuals, both those who braved the Atlantic voyage, and also 21st-century musicians who continue to find ways to connect with others in this time of Covid-distancing.

This free event is presented by the ARTS@VWU and the Wesleyan Sacred Music Institute.  For Zoom registration, visit

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Nov 18

Virtual Career Fair

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Students in all majors are invited to talk with employers about part-time employment, full-time employment, and internship opportunities. Instructions about the fair, uploading resumes, and the Handshake app are forthcoming. Hosted by the Career Development Program in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. For more information, contact the director of Career Development, Jessica Harrington, at 757.455.3107 or

Nov 20

In-Person Classes End

Nov 23 - 27

Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov 30 - Dec 4

Remote Instruction for All Classes


Dec 5

Baccalaureate Service

Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

Dec 6

Commencement Ceremony

Jane P. Batten Student Center

Dec 7 - 11

Final Examinations (Remote Format)

Dec 8

Classes End

Dec 9

Reading Day


Jan 4

January Term Classes Begin

Jan 22

Spring Faculty Workshop

Jan 22

New Student Orientation

Jan 25

Day and Evening Classes Begin

Jan 25

Online Term 1 Classes Begin

Jan 29 - 30

Weekend Classes Begin


Mar 15 - 19

Spring Break


Apr 5

Easter Monday Holiday

Apr 9 - 11

Spring Alumni Weekend

Apr 29


Apr 30

Spring Honors Convocation & Academic Fair


May 6

Reading Day

May 7 - 11

Final Exams

May 17

Online Summer Terms Begin

May 24

Traditional Summer Terms Begin


Aug 20

Summer Session Ends