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Graduation Information

Commencement exercises occur only once per year in May. The ceremony is comprised of the previous fall and current spring graduates and upcoming summer candidates.

Graduation applications are due by:

November 1: fall candidates

February 1: spring candidates

July 1: summer candidates

Graduation Application (doc)

  • Notice to Graduates

    • Congratulations on your achievement! All candidates for graduation are encouraged to attend Commencement on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Commencement begins at 3:00p.m. Doors will open for guests at 2:00p.m. 

  • Summary of Pre-Commencement Events

    • Meeting for the 2017 Graduating Class                                                      

      Tuesday, April 5, 2016 (12:30 – 1:20p.m.) SSHE – Auditorium, 1st floor. Please note that eating or drinking in the auditorium is prohibited.  If you have any questions/conflicts, please contact Mrs. Obermuller at (804) 862-6238 or

      Academic Dress/Cap/Gown/Hood Pickup                

      There is a $46 fee for the cap, gown, and hood. Please make arrangements with the Bookstore located in the Student Commons to pay for and pick up your regalia between the hours of 9a.m. and 4p.m. (M-F). If you have any questions regarding cap & gown, please contact the Bookstore at 804-863-4490. Graduates may keep caps and gowns.

      Phi Theta Kappa Members

      Students may pick up their Phi Theta Kappa stoles and tassels from Dr. Jody Dodd starting on April 18 – May 6, Mondays 12-1p.m. or Tuesdays 12-2p.m. in McNeer 221.  Students must return stoles no later than Monday, May 16, 2016 to the Center for Student Affairs (CSA) building on the 2nd floor.  Students not returning the stoles by Monday, May 16th will have a hold placed on their record which will prohibit processing of transcripts and degrees. You only have to return the PTK stoles; the tassels are yours to keep! If you have any questions regarding PTK, please contact Dr. Dodd at (804) 862-6100 ext. 6257.


      Each participating graduate will receive 4 tickets for commencement. Participating graduates may start picking up their tickets from the Business Office in Maze Hall starting on Monday, April 18, 2016.

      In the event that you do not meet the graduation requirements you will be notified by telephone no later than Thursday, May 12. Under exceptional circumstances, you may obtain permission to participate in Commencement from the Dean of Faculty by emailing Dr. Lindquist,

      To qualify for May graduation, students need a 2.00 GPA and have earned 60-63 credits before graduation. Summer candidates must complete all requirements by August, 2016 to qualify as a summer graduate and may not have more than 12 credits to complete in the summer.

  • Commencement Day – Saturday, May 13, 2017

    • Class Picture

      Statesman Hall, bleachers in the gym. Lineup for class pictures begins promptly at 1:00p.m.  Students must be in the gym by 1:00p.m. to be included in the class picture. The class picture will be taken at 1:15p.m. Cost per class photo is $19 – ordering information will be forthcoming.


      Lineup for Commencement begins promptly at 1:45p.m. in the Girl’s locker rooms in Statesman Hall. Signs will be posted so that you know in which locker room you will line up. Students arriving after 2:00p.m. may not be allowed to participate.

      Non-participating graduates may pick-up diplomas at the Registrar’s Office in Maze Hall beginning at 9:00a.m. on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

      Please clear any graduation conflicts through the Registrar’s Office no later than Friday, May 5, 2016, by calling (804) 862-6238.

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