Spring 2013 Commencement Schedule

Spring Commencement Weekend is filled with activities, events, and ceremonies to recognize the accomplishments of Radford University's graduates and to celebrate with their friends, families, and others in the Radford University community! To find the location of buildings, view the campus map.

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Inclement Weather

The Commencement ceremonies will continue as scheduled in the event of rain.

Should severe weather be imminent, the ceremonies will move indoors with staggered start times. An announcement will be made on the Radford University homepage and on WVRU radio by 7 a.m. on Saturday if the ceremonies are moving to the Inclement Weather Plan.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Time Event Location
10 a.m.- noon U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Commissioning Ceremony
Contact: Pam Little, pnlittle@radford.edu, or (540) 831-5288
Hurlburt Center Auditorium
12:45 - 1:30 p.m. College of Education and Human Development Information Session Dedmon Center
1 - 3:30 p.m. School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony Bondurant Auditorium, Preston Hall
2 – 3:30 p.m. College of Education and Human Development Awards
Hurlburt Center Auditorium
5 - 7 p.m.
Graduate Hooding and Commencement Ceremony
Contact: Jeanne Cox, jacox@radford.edu or (540) 831-6344
Dedmon Center
7:30-8:30 p.m.
Multicultural Congratulatory Ceremony (formerly Donning of the Kente)
Contact: Center for Diversity and Inclusion, diverse@radford.edu
or (540) 831-5765
Hurlburt Center Auditorium

In addition to these events, other commencement-related events may be found on the campus interactive calendar at http://ru-portal.radford.edu/vemspro.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Time Event Location
7:30  a.m. –
conclusion of events
Information and Guest Assistance Center Moffett Lawn
Radford University staff will be available to offer assistance, provide directions, distribute commencement programs and assist with disability / accessibility accommodations. Also, tune in to Radford University's Public Radio Station, WVRU on 89.9 FM and www.wvru.org for commencement related updates.
7:30 a.m. -
30 minutes after last event ends.
Shuttle Bus Service

The free Radford Transit shuttle bus will stop at area hotels (listed below) and various parking lots on campus. See the RU shuttle map for more details.

Tyler Avenue Shuttle Stops

Best Western
La Quinta Inn
Comfort Inn
Super 8

Campus Shuttle Stops
Ingles Hall
Tyler Hall
Lot A (between Martin and Porterfield halls)
Lot E
Cupp Stadium/Dedmon Center

7:30 a.m. -  4p.m.
RU Bookstore Open
Dalton Hall
Open for last minute purchases and one more opportunity to pick up Radford University gifts and apparel. 
7:30 a.m. – conclusion of events Food Service Moffett Lawn
Starbucks in the Hurlburt Student Center
9 a.m. Student Processional Line Up
Processional map

A. College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences
Peters Hall side of Pocahontas and Bolling
B. College of Graduate and Professional Studies
Fairfax Hall side of Ingles Hall
C. College of Business and Economics
Fairfax Hall side of Ingles hall (after CGPS)
D. College of Education and Human Development
Tyler Avenue/Fairfax St. corner of Ingalls Hall
E. College of Science and Technology
Tyler Avenue side of Ingles Hall
F. College of Visual and Performing Arts
Tyler Avenue side of Ingles Hall and Draper Hall
G. Waldron College of Health and Human Service
Tyler Avenue side of Draper Hall

9:30 a.m.
Faculty Processional Line
Between Draper and Moffett halls
10 a.m. Procession Moffett Lawn
The main ceremony is for all graduates. True to Highlander tradition, Virginia Highlands Pipes and Drums will lead the procession of candidates, faculty and platform party into the ceremony.
10:30 a.m. Commencement Ceremony

Moffett Lawn
The main ceremony is for all graduates. The culminating event of the ceremony will be the conferring of degrees by President Penelope W. Kyle. The Virginia Highlands Pipes and Drums also lead the recessional when the new graduates are about to go out into the world and follow in the footsteps of over 65,000 individuals who are proud to call themselves Radford University alumni.

Seating for friends and families at the main ceremony is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The concert band will begin at 9:30 a.m. for your enjoyment. When the ceremony begins, in consideration of others, you are asked to remain seated. We also ask that you limit photography and remain behind the cords.

30 minutes after main ceremony Individual College Ceremonies

College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences
Moffett Lawn

College of Business and Economics
College of Business and Economics building, Tyler side

Waldron College of Health and Human Services
Bondurant Auditorium, Preston Hall

College of Visual and Performing Arts
Sculpture Court

College of Science and Technology
McConnell Library

College of Education and Human Development
Dedmon Center

The college ceremonies provide an opportunity for each graduate to be recognized individually, process across the stage, shake hands, and receive best wishes from the college dean and faculty. A professional photographer will also capture the moment. Proofs and order forms will be mailed to graduates. If you are unsure which college ceremony to attend, refer to the list of majors. Please see the campus map.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, an alternate schedule will be implemented for the May 11 commencement ceremonies.