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Winter Commencement 2021 Schedule and Updates

Dear Graduates,

The new Atlantic Union Bank Center has proven to be a successful venue for commencement ceremonies, as demonstrated this past September. Due to the high seating capacity in the Atlantic Union Bank Center, the Graduate School ceremony, originally scheduled for Friday, December 17th at 7:00 p.m., will now be combined with the Undergraduate ceremony held on Saturday, December 18th at 10:00 a.m.

All students participating in the commencement ceremony will need to request tickets for their family and friends. Graduates may request up to six (6) tickets and will not need a ticket for themselves.

All graduates and guests will be required to wear masks during the commencement ceremony, regardless of vaccination status. The graduates will have an opportunity to remove their masks for photographs as they cross the stage. The safety, health and well-being of students, staff and their families is our top priority.

If you have concerns or questions about this change, please contact us to discuss.

University Events
Ramona Messenger, Director
Sarah Ciccone, Associate Director
Andrea Walker, Event Manager

Friday, December 17, 2021

12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Honors College Medallion Ceremony in Festival Center Highlands Room 

2:00 p.m. Nurse's Convocation in Wilson Hall Auditorium 

Saturday, December 18, 2021

10:00 a.m. Winter Commencement Ceremony (Undergraduate and Graduate) in Atlantic Union Bank Center (ticketed event - six tickets per graduate)

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony in Festival Center Highlands Room 


Winter Grad Fair
Spring 2022 Commencement Schedule

Printable Schedule

Thursday, May 12th:

Honors College Medallion Ceremony
1:00 p.m. - Festival Ballroom

The Graduate School Ceremony
5:00 p.m. - Atlantic Union Bank Center

College of Visual and Performing Arts
7:30 p.m. - Atlantic Union Bank Center

Friday, May 13th:

Nursing Convocation
10:00 a.m. - Wilson Hall Auditorium

College of Business
10:00 a.m. - Atlantic Union Bank Center 

College of Integrated Science and Engineering
1:00 p.m. - Atlantic Union Bank Center

College of Arts and Letters
3:30 p.m. - Atlantic Union Bank Center 

Saturday, May 14th:

College of Education, University Studies and Professional & Continuing Education
10:00 a.m. - Atlantic Union Bank Center

College of Science and Mathematics
12:30 p.m. - Atlantic Union Bank Center

College of Health and Behavioral Studies
3:00 p.m. - Atlantic Union Bank Center

Army ROTC Commissioning and Air Force ROTC Commissioning Ceremonies


Degrees will be conferred at each college ceremony and individual recognition of each graduate will occur as they walk across the stage.

All college ceremonies listed above will be ticketed events; six tickets per graduate.
Exception: Honors College Medallion Ceremony and Nursing Convocation. Details regarding those ceremonies will be provided at a later date.

Air Force ROTC Commissioning - TBD

Army ROTC Commissioning - TBD

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