Schedule of Commencement Events 2016 also reachable through go.wlu.edu/commencement-schedule

Events marked with * are still tentative until confirmed by the appropriate office.

Law

Date/TimeEvent
Thursday, May 5
3:00 to 4:00 pm
Required Commencement Rehearsal, Stemmons Plaza in front of Huntley Hall, between Reid Hall and Newcomb Hall (dress: casual). All students participating in commencement are required to attend the rehearsal on May 7.
Rain Location: Warner Center Gymnasium
Friday, May 6
3:30 pm
Awards Ceremony and Presentation of Walking Sticks, Sydney Lewis Hall Lawn (dress: business casual)
Rain Location: Evans Dining Hall
Friday, May 6
8:30 pm
Champagne, Fireworks, and Music, Sydney Lewis Hall Lawn (dress: casual)
Rain Location for music and champagne: Student Activities Pavilion. The fireworks display will be cancelled in the event of rain; fireworks will go off if it is only drizzling or a light rain is falling.
Saturday, May 7
9:00 am
Pictures of alumni parents and their graduating children, Front Lawn, in front of Lee House and the Lee-Jackson House. Information to be sent by the Law School Advancement Office
Rain Location: Doremus Gym in the hallway in front of the administrative offices
Saturday, May 7
9:15 am
LL.M. and J.D. graduating class photo.
Saturday, May 7
9:30 am
Graduates line up, Stemmons Plaza between Newcomb Hall and Reid Hall, facing Huntley Hall
Rain Location: Warner Center Level 5 (top floor balcony) above the gymnasium
Saturday, May 7
10:00 am
Law Commencement, Colonnade, in front of Lee Chapel
Speaker: Reggie Aggarwal '94L, Founder and CEO, Cvent
Rain Location: Warner Center Gymnasium
Saturday, May 7
11:30 pm
Picnic, Cannan Green (near the Elrod University Commons)
Rain Location: Student Activities Pavilion

Undergraduate

Date/TimeEvent
First week of March Invitation to graduation events sent to parents who are listed on the student's record. (Make changes on the Personal Information link in WebAdvisor)
Thursday, March 31
4:00 pm
Physics and Engineering Department awards ceremony and Sigma Pi Sigma induction ceremony, Hotchkiss Alumni House.
Wednesday, April 6
6:30 pm
Williams School awards ceremony and dinner, Evans Dining Hall (by invitation only)
Thursday, May 5
5:00 pm
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department awards ceremony, Science Addition 114
Tuesday, May 17
5:30 pm
Athletics awards ceremony, Lee Chapel (seating begins at 5:00 pm)
Recognition of participation and achievements among 24 varsity teams, followed by dinner in Evans Dining Hall
Wednesday, May 18
4:00 pm
English Department awards ceremony, Payne Hall, Mason Taylor New Room
Saturday, May 21
5:00 pm
Final examinations end
Monday, May 23
12 noon
Grades due for all graduating seniors
*Monday, May 23
7:30 pm
Alumni Senior Night, Liberty Hall. Entertainment, food, fireworks.
Sponsored by The Alumni Association.
Rain Location: The Student Activities Pavilion. Fireworks will be moved to May 27 evening.
Tuesday, May 24
9 am to 4 pm
Regalia (Cap and Gown) distribution, Elrod Commons 114 (hosted by Career Development)
Tuesday, May 24
4:00 pm 
Faculty Meeting, Stackhouse Theater, Elrod University Commons
Tuesday, May 24
5:00 pm
Journalism and Mass Communications Department reception and awards ceremony, Hillel House 101
*Tuesday, May 24
5:30 pm
International Education awarding of Certificates of International Immersion, Reeves Center
*Tuesday, May 24
8:00 pm  
The Commencement Concert featuring the Washington and Lee University Singers, Wilson Hall
A free concert, open to the public.
Wednesday, May 25
9:15 am, sharp
Class photo in the Cohen Amphitheater between Leyburn Library and Elrod University Commons.
Rain Location: immediately following the Baccalaureate Service, on the floor of VMI's Cameron Hall
Wednesday, May 25
9:30 am
Graduates line up, Stemmons Plaza behind Washington Hall, in front of Huntley Hall
Rain Location: VMI's Cameron Hall
Wednesday, May 25
10:00 am
Undergraduate Baccalaureate, Colonnade, in front of Lee Chapel
Speaker: Elizabeth Knapp '90, Professor of Geology, Associate Provost, and Director of the Johnson Program in Leadership and Integrity, Washington and Lee University
Rain Location: VMI's Cameron Hall
Wednesday, May 25
11:30 am
Luncheon for families, faculty, and staff, Cannan Green between the Elrod Commons and Doremus Gymnasium
Rain Location: Student Pavilion, near the tennis center and baseball field
Wednesday, May 25
12:30 pm
President's reception for parents, Lee House. Ends promptly at 2:00 pm.
*Wednesday, May 25
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Lee Chapel open for visitors
Wednesday, May 25
1:00 pm
Art and Art History Department senior theses presentations, Wilson Concert Hall
Wednesday, May 25
2:30 pm
Art and Art History, Music, Theater, Dance and Film Studies Departments awards ceremony, Wilson Concert Hall
Wednesday, May 25
3:00 pm
Computer Science Department reception, Science Center Great Hall
*Wednesday, May 25
3:30 pm
Teacher Education reception, Elrod University Commons 216
*Wednesday, May 25
3:30 pm
Art and Art History, Music and Theater and Dance Departments reception and Studio Art Senior Theses Exhibit, Wilson Hall Atrium & Staniar Gallery
Wednesday, May 25
3:30 pm
History Department awards ceremony, Hotchkiss Alumni House, followed by a reception at 4:00 pm
Wednesday, May 25
4:00 pm
Philosophy Department reception, Elrod University Commons 214 (Volunteer Resource Room)
Wednesday, May 25
4:00 pm
Religion Department reception, Home of Jeffrey Kosky
Wednesday, May 25
4:00 pm
Sociology and Anthropology Department reception, Elrod University Commons 116
Wednesday, May 25
4:00 pm
Mathematics Department reception, Robinson Hall, Room 105
Wednesday, May 25
4:30 pm
Neuroscience reception for seniors, families, and faculty, Elrod University Commons 345
Wednesday, May 25
6:00 pm
Donning of the Kente ceremony, Wilson Concert Hall, followed by a reception in the Marketplace
*Thursday, May 26
8:00 am
Classics Department continental breakfast, Mason Taylor New Room, Payne Hall
*Thursday, May 26
8:00 am
East Asian Languages and Literatures Department continental breakfast, Watson Pavilion
Thursday, May 26
8:00 am
Geology Department breakfast, near Science Addition 218
Thursday, May 26
8:00 am
Physics and Engineering Department breakfast, Science Center Great Hall
Thursday, May 26
8:00 am
Psychology Department breakfast, Elrod University Commons Living Room
Thursday, May 26
8:00 am
Romance Languages and German and Russian Departments, continental breakfast, Tucker Hall front lawn
Thursday, May 26
8:00 am
Williams School breakfast, ODK Circle Plaza
Rain Location: Larry and Fran Peppers reading room and lobby area inside Huntley Hall
*Thursday, May 26
8:30 am
Pictures of alumni parents and their graduating children, in front of Lee-Jackson House (Rain Location: Doremus Gym in the hallway in front of the administrative offices). Information to be sent by the Alumni Office
Thursday, May 26
9:15 am
Graduates line up, Stemmons Plaza behind Washington Hall, in front of Huntley Hall
Rain Location: VMI's Cameron Hall
Thursday, May 26
10:00 am
Undergraduate Commencement, Colonnade, in front of Lee Chapel
Speakers: President Kenneth P. Ruscio '76 and Lauren Howard '16, Student EC 2015-16 representative
Rain Location: VMI's Cameron Hall. Remote viewing available at the Smart Zone on the main floor of Leyburn Library and in Newcomb Hall. Web streaming of the entire ceremony is available at go.wlu.edu/lawgradlive.
Thursday, May 26
after graduation (12:30 pm)
Biology Department lunch, Hotchkiss Alumni House
Thursday, May 26
after graduation (12:30 pm)
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department lunch, Science Center Great Hall
Thursday, May 26
after graduation (12:30 pm)
English Department luncheon, Northen Auditorium foyer, Leyburn Library
*Thursday, May 26
after graduation (12:30 pm)
Shepherd Program lunch, Mattingly House
*Thursday, May 26
after graduation (12:30 pm)
Theater, Dance, and Film Studies Department lunch, Lenfest Center for the Arts
*Thursday, May 26
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Lee Chapel open for visitors
*Thursday, May 26
5:15 to 6:30 pm
U.S. Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, Lee Chapel