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Countdown to May Commencement


Countdown to Graduation
Friday, May 8, 2015 @ 3:00 p.m.


Congratulations Graduates!!!

This website can be used as a tool to help you prepare for graduation! Best of luck to you!

The May commencement ceremony will be held Thursday, May7-Saturday, May 9.
Please see the Commencement Schedule below for more information.

Mark your calendars now for the Graduation Fair: April 7 from 4-9 pm and April 8 from 9 am-1 pm.

ALL graduates should attend; see the Graduation Fair webpage for more details.

JMU Graduates

Congratulations on being an upcoming graduate of James Madison University. In a few weeks we will be celebrating Spring Commencement at JMU and all of us in the JMU community are looking forward to the excitement of this special event and celebrating your accomplishments. Please click here for a printable version of our Commencement brochure.

Since we have two ceremonies for each graduate, we want to provide additional details about the events. On Friday, May 8 at 3:00 p.m., we will hold the University Ceremony in Bridgeforth Stadium. This ceremony will include our commencement speaker, ESPN anchor and JMU alum Lindsay Czarniak (’00), a student speaker selected by your class, a faculty speaker, and involvement from the Alumni Association. This is the last time the JMU class of 2015 will be together in one place and you will be able to sit with your friends while wearing your caps and gowns.

Following the ceremony, a celebratory event on Godwin field (just outside the stadium) is the perfect place to celebrate with your families and friends, have some refreshments, take photos, etc.  We expect the ceremony to last approximately one hour and fifteen minutes, with the event afterwards lasting about an hour.

Parking lots and gates to Bridgeforth Stadium will open at 1:30 p.m. We encourage you to take advantage of the many HDPT shuttles that we provide from local hotels, student apartment complexes and other locations. Visit our website for details.

The individual college ceremony for the College of Business will also occur on Friday, May 8 at 7 p.m. in Bridgeforth Stadium. All other individual college ceremonies will occur on Saturday, May 9 at 9:00 a.m. and will be held at various campus locations, where you will be individually recognized as you cross the stage as your name is read. College ceremonies last from one to two hours depending on the size of the college and are held rain or shine. If the inclement weather plan is required for severe, life-threatening weather, the announcement will be made by 6:00 a.m.

Seating for parents and guests is unreserved and open to all who attend. There are no tickets and no limitations on the number of guests who may attend.

Please visit the JMU Commencement website for details on the many events happening, parking information and lots more!

if you have a question that is not addressed on our website, please contact us via email or by phone at 540-568-7787.

Go Dukes!!!

University Events Team

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May 2015 Commencement Schedule

released 8/26/14 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Time

Location

Ceremony Length 
(Approximate)

The Graduate School

7 p.m.

Convocation Center

90 minutes

Friday, May 8, 2015

University ceremony (all undergrads)

3 p.m.

Bridgeforth Stadium

90 minutes

College of Business

7 p.m.

Bridgeforth Stadium

1 hour, 45 minutes

Saturday, May 9, 2015

College of Arts & Letters

  9 a.m.

The Quad

90 minutes

College of Education and University Studies

 9 a.m.

Convocation Center

60 minutes

College of Health & Behavioral Studies 

9 a.m.

Bridgeforth Stadium

1 hour, 45 minutes

College of Integrated Science and Engineering

9 a.m.

UREC East Campus Field

60 minutes

College of Science & Mathematics

9 a.m.

Alumni Centennial Park

60 minutes

College of Visual and Performing Arts

9 a.m.

Duke Lawn

1 hour, 45 minutes

See the Commencement Map for ceremony and parking locations.

For academic questions please contact the Registrar’s Office.

Commencement Home Page