2020 Commencement Details Announced

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Virginia Wesleyan University will celebrate its newest graduates on December 5-6


University News | October 6, 2020

As a result of health and safety precautions prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia Wesleyan University's 2020 Commencement Ceremonies, originally set for May 16, were rescheduled for December 5-6.

In keeping with the Virginia governor's order of gatherings no larger than 250 people (or 50% of room capacity), the University will hold five Commencement Ceremonies, one for each of its academic schools. Graduates and their guests are welcome to return to VWU for the appropriate in-person ceremony.

All ceremonies will be held on campus in either TowneBank Arena in the Jane P. Batten Student Center or the Joan and Macon Brock Theatre in the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center. The location for each ceremony will be confirmed once the number of graduates attending is confirmed.

If students are unsure which academic school their major falls within, they are encouraged to view the school organization chart.

VWU Global Campus (MBA and MaEd graduates)
Saturday, December 5, 2020
5:00 p.m.

Birdsong School of Social Science
Sunday, December 6, 2020
9:00 a.m.

Susan S. Goode School of Arts and Humanities
Sunday, December 6, 2020
11:00 a.m.

D. Henry Watts School of Professional Studies
Sunday, December 6, 2020
2:00 p.m.

Joan P. Brock School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Sunday, December 6, 2020
4:00 p.m.

William C. Baker, President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, will serve as the ceremony's keynote speaker. Baker has been president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation since 1982, leading the largest nonprofit conservation organization dedicated solely to preserving, protecting, and restoring the Chesapeake Bay. An avid writer and advocate for the environment, his opinion pieces have been published in all major regional newspapers, including the New York Times, and he has been repeatedly interviewed on major television and radio networks.

Commencement will be livestreamed on the VWU Digital Broadcasting Network. Please continue to check the Commencement Ceremonies website for the most up-to-date information.