Congratulations Graduates!!!

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

The May commencement ceremonies will be held Thursday, May 4 - Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Please review the Commencement Schedule below for more information.

Duke Dog with 2015 Grads


Congratulations on being an upcoming graduate of James Madison University. In a few months 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.

Since we have two ceremonies for each graduate, we want to provide additional details about the events. On Friday, May 5 at 3:00 p.m., we will hold the University Ceremony in Bridgeforth Stadium. This ceremony will include our commencement speaker, to be determined, 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 2017 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 5 at 6 p.m. in Bridgeforth Stadium. All other individual college ceremonies will occur on Saturday, May 6 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

2017 Commencement Schedule

Thursday, May 4th 

7:00 p.m. The Graduate School at Convocation Center

Friday, May 5th 

3:00 p.m. University Ceremony at Bridgeforth Stadium

4:30 p.m. Godwin Field Reception at Godwin Field 

College Ceremonies
 Friday, May 5th 
  • 6:00 p.m. - College of Business at Bridgeforth Stadium
  • 10:00 a.m. - Nursing Convention at Convocation Center
  • 12:30 p.m. - Honors College Ceremony at Festival Ballroom
Saturday, May 6th (all ceremonies begin at 9:00 a.m., unless otherwise noted)
  • College of Arts and Letters at The Quad
  • College of Education and University Studies at Convocation Center
  • College of Health & Behavioral Studies at Bridgeforth Stadium
  • College of Integrated Science and Engineering at UREC East Campus Field
  • College of Science and Mathematics at Alumni Centennial Park 
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts at Duke Lawn
  • Army ROTC Commissioning - 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall
  • Air Force ROTC Commissioning - 1:00 p.m. at Wilson Hall

See the Commencement Map for ceremony and parking locations.

For academic questions please contact the Registrar’s Office.

Commencement Home Page

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