Commencement Ceremonies

Virginia Wesleyan University's annual Commencement Ceremonies are held at the end of spring semester. These ceremonies bring the University community together to recognize and celebrate graduating students and to mark the achievement of degrees. Due to COVID-19, the May 2020 ceremony was postponed until December 2020. 

2020 Commencement Ceremonies

In keeping with the Governor's November 13 order of gatherings no larger than 25 people, the University will be holding a virtual ceremony on Friday, December 4, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Commencement will be live streamed at

We will hold Graduate Recognition Hours on Saturday, December 5, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Graduates can register for a time slot to come to the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center with up to five guests. During this time, graduates will pick up their diploma (if eligible), pose for a socially-distanced graduation photo with President Scott D. Miller and Vice President for Academic Affairs Maynard Schaus, and receive an exclusive Virginia Wesleyan alumni face covering and Class of 2020 tassel as a gift from the Office of Alumni Relations. Please note that Graduate Recognition Hours will be expanded if there is enough interest. The deadline to request a time slot is December 1.

Campus Map/Parking

If you are unable to come to campus, the University is happy to mail your diploma and gift to you. Please update your information with the Office of Alumni Relations to confirm your current mailing address.

Commencement Speaker

Will Baker, President of Chesapeake Bay Foundation 

Cap & Gown Purchasing

Graduates will be refunded all graduation fees on December 15. If you already received your cap and gown and it remains unopened, we kindly ask that you return it to the University during Graduate Recognition Hours on December 5. (If you have already opened your cap and gown, you will still be issued a full refund.)

Live Stream Information

Commencement will be live streamed at