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Countdown to Commencement

Congratulations soon-to-be-graduates! As you count down the days to commencement, please take a few moments to make sure that you have taken care of the details so that you can relax and enjoy commencement weekend when it arrives.

Check your eligibility

Your first step toward graduation is to double check that you have met requirements for graduation and are eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony. If you have questions, undergraduate students please contact your Advising Center and graduate students contact Jeanne Cox.

Purchase regalia

Purchase commencement regalia (caps and gowns) at the University Bookstore in Dalton Hall. If you have questions, call 540-831-5144. If you are a graduate student, the bookstore will assist you in selecting the correct hood color.

Pick up tickets

Winter Commencement tickets and Latin Honors tassels will be available to be picked up from the Registrar’s Office from Dec. 7 – Dec. 14. Tickets may also be picked up prior to the ceremony at the Bondurant Auditorium. You must have a photo-ID to pick up your tickets.

You will receive five tickets for your specific ceremony. Tickets will be color-coded to indicate your ceremony time. No extra tickets are available; therefore, if you do not plan to use all of the allocated five tickets you are encouraged to share with peers who are seeking additional tickets. Remember that the tickets are specific to the 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ceremonies.

If there is available seating after all ticket holders are seated, guests without tickets may be allowed to enter and be seated as space allows. Ticket holders should arrive at the auditorium no later than 10 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

For the comfort of all of our guests, children (excluding infants) must have a ticket. Infants will be allowed to sit on the lap of a family member.

Accommodate your guests

If you will have guests with physical disabilities, who are deaf/HOH, or have other special needs, please contact the Disability Resource Office at 540-831-6350 or complete the online form.

Photography at Commencement

A professional photographer will photograph each graduate as you cross the stage at the individual college ceremonies and the hooding ceremony. Proofs and order forms will be mailed to each graduate after the event. Please be sure the Registrar’s Office has your correct address.

Commencement is a special celebration for graduates and guests. To keep it enjoyable and meaningful for all, we ask that all graduates and members of the audience remain seated throughout the entire ceremony. Photography and other recording may be done only from the seating areas. We also ask that guests not approach the front of the auditorium for photographs as this area must be kept clear to ensure a smooth procession of individual graduates.