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Welcome Families, Graduates, and Guests!

Greetings JMU family and friends, 

All of us in the JMU community are looking forward to the excitement of this special event and celebrating your accomplishments.  Since we have two ceremonies for graduates again this year, we want to provide additional details about the events.

On Friday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m., we will hold the Graduate School Ceremony, in Wilson Hall; tickets are not required and seating is available first come first serve. This ceremony will include a commencement speaker, remarks from President Alger and the Provost and Dean of The Graduate School as well as involvement from the Alumni Association. The JMU faculty and platform party will be wearing full regalia and will process. Special music will be performed by the JMU Madison Brass. We expect the ceremony to last approximately one hour as each graduate will walk across the stage and be conferred a diploma by President Alger.

Parking lots will open at 5:00 p.m. If the ceremony is cancelled due to inclement weather, we will announce a decision by 12:00 p.m. on the Commencement home page, via social media (FB-James Madison University Commencement and Twitter @JMUcommencement) or on radio station 1610 AM. Parking information will be detailed on our website in September 2016, as well as what items you may bring into the ceremonies. Handicapped parking is available for this ceremony, please see our website for specific locations. A valid handicapped hang tag or license plate from your state is required for access.

Saturday, December 17 the Undergraduate Ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the Convocation Center; tickets are not required and seating is availble first come first serve. The students will be individually recognized as they cross the stage during this ceremony and are conferred diplomas by President Alger. 

Parking lots will open at 8:00 a.m. If the ceremony is cancelled due to inclement weather, we will announce a decision by 6:00 a.m. on the Commencement home page, via social media (FB-James Madison University Commencement and Twitter @JMUcommencement) or on radio station 1610 AM. Parking information will be detailed on our website in September 2016, as well as what items you may bring into the ceremonies. Handicapped parking is available for this ceremony, please see our website for specific locations. A valid handicapped hang tag or license plate from your state is required for access.

Additional Information

Diplomas will be mailed to the student’s home address on file, but the student will receive a scroll while on stage. GradImages will be at each of the college ceremonies to photograph each graduate receiving his or her degree.  The photographer will contact you following graduation about purchasing options.  If you would like to purchase a video of either the Graduate School or Undergraduate ceremonies, please check the commencement photography/videography page for instructions. The Undergraduate Ceremony will last approximately one hour. If the inclement weather plan is required, the announcement will be made by 7:00 a.m. Updated parking information will be on our pasted by September 2016 with detailed shuttle/parking information for each college ceremony.

Tickets are NOT needed for any commencement ceremony. If you or a guest requires a sign language interpreter, please contact University Events (540-568-7787) by Friday, November 25.  While we will make every effort to consider accommodation requests after this date, please understand that we may not be able to guarantee late requests. If you have a mobility issue, please park in a designated handicapped parking lot for your ceremony and ask the nearest usher for the best seating area.  The University does not provide wheelchairs. 

For additional questions please see our Frequently Asked Questions page. We look forward to sharing this special occasion with you!

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Guest Speaker

An invited guest will speak at the Graduate School Ceremony. The December 2016 guest speaker is to be determined.

Accessible Parking/Seating

We are pleased to offer accessible seating and parking for guests, including those with limited mobility. Please ask an Usher to direct you to the appropriate handicapped seating when you arrive. In addition, due to limited availability for handicapped seating we ask that the individual needing accessible seating and only one (1) guest sit in the area provided.

Restrooms

Restrooms will be available in both Wilson Hall and the Convocation Center. Please ask an usher to direct you to the nearest restroom.

Helpful Tips

Please review these useful websites for details about how to get herewhere to stay, where to eat, and where to park happening throughout the weekend.

Here are a few tips to make your weekend more enjoyable:

  • Be prepared for weather (jackets, gloves, hats, umbrella, etc.).
  • Dress per your comfort level (business-casual is common) or for the event you plan to attend following Commencement.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes! (Bring bandaids for blisters.)
  • Consider carrying extra camera batteries.
  • Bring activities for young children do quietly in their seats.
  • Please consider bringing a wheelchair or transport chair for the comfort and safety of elderly guests.  
  • No alcohol, glass bottles, or pets at the Convocation Center or Wilson Hall.
  • Diplomas are mailed to graduates per the Registrar's Office guidelines.

Planning Your Weekend

To help plan your travel schedule and weekend itinerary, we will post weekend events (as we are informed of them). Because colleges, departments and student groups plan their own events for Commencement Weekend, there is no helpful one-size-fits-all weekend itinerary that we can post for students/families. Additional details will be forthcoming. Enjoy the festive weekend!

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