Schedule of Commencement Events 2015 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 7
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 8.
Rain Location: Warner Center Gymnasium
Friday, May 8
3:30 pm
Awards Ceremony and Presentation of Walking Sticks, Sydney Lewis Hall Lawn (dress: business casual)
Rain Location: Evans Dining Hall
Friday, May 8
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 9
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 9
10:15 am
LL.M. and J.D. graduating class photo.
Saturday, May 9
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 9
11:00 am
Law Commencement, Colonnade, in front of Lee Chapel
Speaker: Shelley Moore Capito, United State Senator, West Virginia
Rain Location: Warner Center Gymnasium
Saturday, May 9
1:00 pm
Picnic, Sydney Lewis Hall Lawn
Rain Location: Student Activities Pavilion

Undergraduate

Date/TimeEvent
Monday, March 2 Graduation invitations sent to parents on the student's record. (Make changes on the Personal Information link in WebAdvisor)
Monday, May 11
5:00 pm
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department awards ceremony, Science Addition 114
Tuesday, May 12
4:30 pm
Physics and Engineering Department awards ceremony, Science Center Great Hall. Refreshments at 4:30 pm.
Tuesday, May 12
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 20
4:00 pm
English Department awards ceremony, Payne Hall, Mason Taylor New Room
Saturday, May 23
5:00 pm
Final examinations end
Monday, May 25
9 am to 4 pm
Regalia (Cap and Gown) distribution, Elrod Commons 114 (hosted by Career Development)
Monday, May 25
12 noon
Grades due for all graduating seniors
Monday, May 25
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 26
9 am to 4 pm
Regalia (Cap and Gown) distribution, Elrod Commons 114 (hosted by Career Development)
Tuesday, May 26
4:00 pm 
Faculty Meeting, Stackhouse Theater, Elrod University Commons
Tuesday, May 26
5:00 pm
Journalism and Mass Communications Department reception and awards ceremony, Prof. Richardson's home
Tuesday, May 26
5:30 pm
International Education awarding of Certificates of International Immersion, Reeves Center
Tuesday, May 26
8:00 pm  
The Commencement Concert featuring the Washington and Lee University Singers, Wilson Hall
A free concert, open to the public.
Wednesday, May 27
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 27
9:30 am
Graduates line up, Stemmons Plaza behind Washington Hall, in front of Huntley Hall
Rain Location: VMI's Cameron Hall
Wednesday, May 27
10:00 am
Undergraduate Baccalaureate, Colonnade, in front of Lee Chapel
Speaker: Anne Holton, Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Virginia
Rain Location: VMI's Cameron Hall
Wednesday, May 27
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 27
12:30 pm
President's reception for parents, Lee House. Ends promptly at 2:00 pm.
Wednesday, May 27
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Lee Chapel open for visitors
Wednesday, May 27
1:30 pm
Art and Art History Department senior theses presentations, Wilson Concert Hall
Wednesday, May 27
2:00 pm
Williams School awards reception, Evans Dining Hall. Awards ceremony begins at 2:30 pm.
Wednesday, May 27
2:30 pm
Art and Art History, Music, and Theater, Dance and Film Studies Departments awards ceremony, Wilson Concert Hall
Wednesday, May 27
3:00 pm
Computer Science Department reception, Science Center Great Hall
Wednesday, May 27
3:30 pm
Teacher Education reception, Elrod University Commons 216
Wednesday, May 27
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 27
4:00 pm
History Department reception, Alumni House
Wednesday, May 27
4:00 pm
Philosophy Department reception, Elrod University Commons 114
Wednesday, May 27
4:00 pm
Religion Department reception, Home of Jeffrey Kosky
Wednesday, May 27
4:00 pm
Sociology and Anthropology Department reception, Elrod University Commons 116
Wednesday, May 27
4:00 pm
Mathematics Department reception, Robinson Hall, Room 105
Wednesday, May 27
4:30 pm
Neuroscience picnic for seniors, families, and faculty, Elrod University Commons Living Room
Wednesday, May 27
6:00 pm
Donning of the Kente ceremony, Elrod University Commons, Stackhouse Theater, followed by reception in the Marketplace
Thursday, May 28
8:15 am
Environmental Studies breakfast, Hillel House 101
Thursday, May 28
8:00 am
Classics Department continental breakfast, Mason Taylor New Room, Payne Hall
Thursday, May 28
8:00 am
East Asian Languages and Literatures Department continental breakfast, Watson Pavilion
Thursday, May 28
8:00 am
Geology Department breakfast, near Science Addition 218
Thursday, May 28
8:00 am
Physics and Engineering Department breakfast, Science Center Great Hall
Thursday, May 28
8:00 am
Psychology Department breakfast, Elrod University Commons Living Room
Thursday, May 28
8:00 am
Romance Languages and German and Russian Departments, continental breakfast, Tucker Hall front lawn
Thursday, May 28
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 28
9:15 am
Graduates line up, Stemmons Plaza behind Washington Hall, in front of Huntley Hall
Rain Location: VMI's Cameron Hall
Thursday, May 28
10:00 am
Undergraduate Commencement, Colonnade, in front of Lee Chapel
Speakers: President Kenneth P. Ruscio '76 and Student EC 2014-15 President Lucy Wade Shapiro '15.
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 28
after graduation (12:30 pm)
Biology Department lunch, Alumni House
Thursday, May 28
after graduation (12:30 pm)
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department lunch, Science Center Great Hall
Thursday, May 28
after graduation (12:30 pm)
English Department luncheon, Northen Auditorium foyer, Leyburn Library
Thursday, May 28
after graduation (12:30 pm)
Shepherd Program lunch, Mattingly House
Thursday, May 28
after graduation (12:30 pm)
Theater, Dance, and Film Studies Department lunch, Lenfest Center for the Arts
Thursday, May 28
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Lee Chapel open for visitors
Thursday, May 28
5:15 to 6:30 pm
U.S. Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony. Lee Chapel