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Commencement Rescheduled for December 6

Virginia Wesleyan University will celebrate 2020 graduates later this year

VWU graduates on Commencement Day 2019University News | March 31, 2020

As a result of recent health and safety precautions prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia Wesleyan University's 2020 Commencement Ceremony, originally set for May 16, has been rescheduled for Sunday, December 6, at 11 a.m. The University will gather in the Jane P. Batten Student Center to mark the achievement of degrees and celebrate all 2020 graduates.

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 preceded by a Baccalaureate Service on Saturday, December 5, at 6 p.m. in the Brock Theatre of the Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center on campus. A pre-service concert by the Virginia Wesleyan Choirs will begin at 5:30 p.m.

A virtual Commissioning Ceremony for the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program will be held on Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m. Two Virginia Wesleyan University Marlin Company cadets will be commissioned as a second lieutenants in the United States Army—Matthew R. Improta (Corps of Engineers) and Zachary A. Raymond (Infantry). View the event invitation and Zoom meeting information.

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