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Commencement Update

Due to ongoing construction outside the stadium this year, there will be designated reunification areas where the graduates can connect with their families following the ceremony. 

Since the College of Business graduates will remain in Bridgeforth Stadium, they will be directed back to the North End Zone, where they entered, under the bleachers for a short time (see the large PURPLE balloons). Guests and families will be permitted to remain in the stadium, while all others leave. At that time, graduates will be released into the stands to reunite with their guests in the stadium. Once reunited, graduates will have time to relax, take photos and enjoy food and beverages that will be available for purchase prior to the college ceremony beginning at 6 p.m.

The College of Science and Math ceremony will occur at 6:00 p.m. at Alumni Centennial Park, adjacent to Rose Library. Graduates will reunite with their family and friends on Hanson Field, at the intersection of Bluestone and Carrier Drives, directly across from the stadium. Look for the large BLUE balloons flying high. Once reunited, you may either walk to Rose Library or take one of the inner-campus shuttles from the front of Godwin Hall. 

Once you arrive at Alumni Centennial Park, you will have time to relax, take photos and enjoy food and beverages that will be available for purchase. 

You should plan to park in the lots around Rose Library, and shuttle or walk to the Stadium for the 3:00 p.m. University Ceremony and then return for your College ceremony. We encourage you NOT to try to park near the stadium.

The College of Education ceremony will occur Friday evening at 6:00 p.m., following the University Ceremony in the Convocation Center.

Graduates will be ushered out of the stadium to the parking lot in front of Godwin Hall where they will reunite with their families and guests. Look for the large RED balloons flying high at the intersection of Bluestone and Carrier Drives. Once reunited, you may either walk through Duke Dog Alley to the Convocation Center or take one of the inner-campus shuttles adjacent to the parking lot. 

Once you arrive at the Convo, you will have time to relax, take photos and enjoy food and beverages that will be available for purchase.  

You should plan to park in the lots around the Convocation Center, and shuttle or walk to the Stadium for the 3:00 p.m. University Ceremony and then return for your College ceremony. We encourage you NOT to park near the stadium.

PLEASE NOTE:  For those graduates who will NOT proceed to their college ceremony on Friday night, they will be ushered out of the stadium to the plaza outside of the stadium, directly in front of the Plecker Athletic Center to reunite with their families. 

Greetings JMU family and friends

All of us in the JMU community are looking forward to the excitement of this special event and celebrating these amazing accomplishments!  The May Commencement will be divided into multiple ceremonies.  The Graduate School Ceremony, the University Ceremony, and the individual College Ceremonies. Grads and families should attend both the University Ceremony and their college ceremonies. The ceremonies are as follows:

On Thursday, May 3rd at 7:00 p.m., we will hold the Graduate School Ceremony in Convocation Center for masters and doctoral candidates. The ceremony includes all the pomp and circumstance with the procession of graduates across the stage when their names are read aloud.

On Friday, May 4th at 3:00 p.m., we will hold the University Ceremony at Bridgeforth Stadium. This ceremony will include all the pomp and circumstance with live music, including President Alger and the commencement speaker will be present to congratulate all 2018 graduates.

On Friday, May 4th and Saturday, May 5th, we will hold the individual College Ceremonies for undergraduate grads. Please draw your attention to the commencement schedule for locations and times. College Ceremonies will include the procession of graduates across the stage when their names are read aloud.

Tickets are not required. Seating is first come, first serve. 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 each student following graduation about purchasing options. If you would like to purchase a video of the university and college ceremonies, please check the commencement photography/videography page for instructions.  For additional questions, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page. We look forward to sharing this special occasion with you! 

Majors and Colleges

Do you know your graduate's college and major?

Detailed list of common majors by alpha

Need more information? Visit Academics at JMU 

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