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
10:00 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
10:15 am
LL.M. and J.D. graduating class photo.
*Saturday, May 7
10:30 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
11:00 am
Law Commencement, Colonnade, in front of Lee Chapel
Speaker: to be announced in Winter 2016
Rain Location: Warner Center Gymnasium
*Saturday, May 7
1:00 pm
Picnic, Sydney Lewis Hall Lawn
Rain Location: Student Activities Pavilion

Undergraduate

Date/TimeEvent
*Tuesday, March 1 Graduation invitations sent to parents on the student's record. (Make changes on the Personal Information link in WebAdvisor)
*Monday, May 9
5:00 pm
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department awards ceremony, Science Addition 114
*Tuesday, May 10
4:30 pm
Physics and Engineering Department awards ceremony, Science Center Great Hall. Refreshments at 4:30 pm.
*Tuesday, May 10
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
9 am to 4 pm
Regalia (Cap and Gown) distribution, Elrod Commons 114 (hosted by Career Development)
*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, Prof. Richardson's home
*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: to be announced in Winter 2016
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
1:30 pm
Art and Art History Department senior theses presentations, Wilson Concert Hall
*Wednesday, May 25
2:00 pm
Williams School awards reception, Evans Dining Hall. Awards ceremony begins at 2:30 pm.
*Wednesday, May 25
2:30 pm
Art and Art History, Music, and 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
4:00 pm
History Department reception, Alumni House
*Wednesday, May 25
4:00 pm
Philosophy Department reception, Elrod University Commons 114
*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 picnic for seniors, families, and faculty, Elrod University Commons Living Room
*Wednesday, May 25
6:00 pm
Donning of the Kente ceremony, Elrod University Commons, Stackhouse Theater, followed by reception in the Marketplace
*Thursday, May 26
8:15 am
Environmental Studies breakfast, Hillel House 101
*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
8:30 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 Student EC 2015-16 representative, to be announced in Winter 2016.
Rain Location: VMI's Cameron Hall. Remote viewing available on the web, in Stackhouse Theater of Elrod Commons, and Northen Auditorium of Leyburn Library.
*Thursday, May 26
after graduation (12:30 pm)
Biology Department lunch, 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