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Welcome Families, Graduates, and Guests!

Welcome!  We are excited to have you visit the beautiful Shenandoah Valley and our lovely campus for James Madison University's 2015 Commencement Weekend on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8, 2015.

An invited guest will speak at the University Ceremony on Friday, the day before graduation. Colleges/departments also have events planned for graduates and their families and information will be provided soon.

You do not need tickets to attend the University Commencement Ceremony and seating is first come first served.

We are pleased to offer accessible seating and parking for guests, including those with limited mobility. More details coming soon.

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

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

  • Be prepared for weather (sunblock, umbrella, etc.). We remain outdoors in rain and the stadium is not covered.
  • 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 Bridgeforth Stadium or any College cerremony.
  • Make sure ALL family/guests know the graduate's college AND department.
  • Diplomas are mailed to graduates per the Registrar's Office guidelines.

Enjoy the festive weekend!

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.

graduates in cap and gown