2021 Commencement and Senior Class Gift

Virginia Wesleyan University's Commencement Ceremony is the capstone of a student's tenure at VWU and is a formal academic occasion. Students must be in proper academic regalia—including cap, gown, hood, and academic tassel—to participate in the exercises. In addition, students must have met all graduation requirements, paid their full student account balance and have completed their financial aid exit counseling for federal student loans.

The Center for Advancement, Student Activities, and VWU Senior Class Leaders encourage seniors to support the area of campus that means the most to you! Your Senior Class Gift is more than a donation, it is a rite of passage that will assist and enhance the University for future Marlins. It is your first chance to support what you love about your alma mater and make a direct impact on your campus. Commemorate your accomplishment and take the first step to becoming an involved alum by choosing the Ultimate Graduation Package.

This option includes a $20 gift to the Senior Class Gift. We are excited to announce we have an anonymous, 2021 VWU Masters graduate who has generously offered to match the money raised by the Senior Class Gift. Choose the Ultimate Graduation Package to take part in the tradition, and in support of the 2021 Senior Class Giving Campaign, you will receive an exclusive 2021 graduation t-shirt (see design below), access to Senior Send Off Events, and an entry into daily giveaways including a grand prize trip to Disney World. 

This year, we are excited to offer multiple graduation packages. A description of each is as follows:

  • Ultimate Graduation Package* (Recommended): The ultimate graduation package includes a cap, gown, hood, and academic tassel PLUS a $20 gift to the Senior Class Gift. In support of the 2021 Senior Class Giving Campaign, you will receive an exclusive 2021 graduation t-shirt, access to Senior Send Off Events (details forthcoming), and an entry into daily giveaways including a grand prize trip to Disney World.
  • Basic Graduation Package: The basic graduation package includes a cap, gown, hood, and academic tassel.
  • T-Shirt Add-On: The t-shirt only package includes an exclusive 2021 graduation t-shirt. Commemorate your graduation by participating in the Senior Class Gift and with an exclusive Class of 2021 Graduation t-shirt!
  • Brick Paver Add-On: The brick paver only package includes a brick paver with your name and graduation year to be placed in front of Eggleston Commons next to your classmates. The introductory size is an 4x8 plaque or you can upgrade to an 8x8 plaque.

If your order is received by April 23rd, your regalia will be available for pick up in the Office of Finance starting May 3rd through May 7th, between 9am and 4pm. For questions regarding caps and gowns, please call Elaine Aird in the Office of Finance and Administration, at 757.455.3310.

*A portion is considered a gift to The Excellence Fund and will be credited as such to the individual making the purchase.

Note: All sales are non-refundable

Donor support provides critical support for all students at Virginia Wesleyan University. Gifts come in all different sizes, but when added together, these gifts are able to provide resources that students use every day.
In addition to knowing that you’ve helped the Class of 2021 make an impact:

  • All donors to the 2021 Senior Class Gift will be recognized in the Senior Campaign for VWU Honor Roll
  • Donors who contribute at least $20 through the Ultimate Graduation Package will also receive a Class of 2021 t-shirt, access to Senior Week Events, and an entry into daily giveaways including a grand prize trip to Disney World.

The University’s annual fund, The Excellence Fund, gives back to the University’s greatest areas of need. Gifts of any size make a difference at VWU. As a student, you benefit every day from the impact of previous gifts that provide:

  • Student scholarships for on-campus learning, study away, and internship opportunities
  • Academic and faculty resources which allow VWU to provide a top-notch education
  • Student life opportunities including cultural and campus traditions, movies and games, a variety of performances, giveaways, outdoor recreation and more!

Making a gift this year is easy! When choosing your graduation package, select the Ultimate Graduation Package and $20 of your purchase will be gifted to The Excellence Fund.

Once a Marlin, Always a Marlin

  1. Update your information! It is important that you stay connected and receive updates such as the Virginia Wesleyan magazine, special event information, and alumni gathering invitations.
  2. Come back to the 2021 Homecoming and Family Weekend (Oct. 1-3) and find your personalized brick paver in front of Eggleston Commons!
  3. Apply for your VWU Alumni ID to receive access to the fitness facilities at the Batten Center, alumni discounts at the A. Kenneth Scribner, Sr., University Store, discounted admission to home basketball games and free admission to other home games, plus much more!
  4. Think you’ll be coming to campus frequently? Apply for an Alumni Parking Decal
  5. Give back to the Marlin community by volunteering to help out at events such as Homecoming or host an event of your own! We are constantly adding new volunteer opportunities for our alumni.
  6. Do you know someone who would make an outstanding Marlin? Recommend them and they will receive a $1,000 annual grant applicable to tuition in YOUR name!
  7. Stay connected by liking us on Facebook and following us on Instagram!