Schedule of Commencement Events 2019 also reachable through go.wlu.edu/commencement-schedule

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

Law

Date/TimeEvent
Wednesday, May 8
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 Wednesday, May 8.
Rain Location: Duchossois Tennis Center
Thursday, May 9 3:30 pm Awards Ceremony and Presentation of Walking Sticks, Evans Dining Hall (dress: business casual)
Thursday, May 9
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.
Friday, May 10
9:00 am
Pictures of alumni parents and their graduating children. Front Lawn, in front of the President's home (Lee House) and the Simpson House. Information to be sent by the Law School Advancement Office
Rain Location: to be determined
Friday, May 10
9:15 am
Graduating class photo. Front Lawn, in front of the President's home (Lee House) and the Simpson House.
Rain plan: For anything more than a drizzle, this picture will be cancelled.
Friday, May 10
9:30 am
Graduates line up, Stemmons Plaza between Newcomb Hall and Reid Hall, facing Huntley Hall
Rain Location: Duchossois Tennis Center
Friday, May 10
10:00 am
Law Commencement, Colonnade, in front of Lee Chapel
Speaker: to be announced Winter 2019
Rain Location: Duchossois Tennis Center
Friday, May 10
11:30 am
Picnic, Cannan Green (near the Elrod University Commons)
Rain Location: Evans Dining Hall

Undergraduate

Date/TimeEvent
*First week of March Invitation to graduation events sent to parents who are listed on the student's record. (Students make changes on the Personal Information link from Self-Service)
Thursday, March 28
5:00 pm
Physics and Engineering Department awards ceremony, Hillel House 101
Friday, March 29
4:00 pm
Geology Department Thesis presentations, Science Addition.  Followed by awards ceremony and end-of-year picnic
Wednesday, May 1
5:00 pm
Reception for graduating seniors, Lee House
Rain Location: Evans Dining Hall
Thursday, May 9
4:30 pm
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department awards ceremony, Science Center Great Hall
*Tuesday, May 14
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 15
4:30 pm
English Department awards ceremony, Payne Hall, Mason Taylor New Room
*Saturday, May 18
5:00 pm
Final examinations end
Monday, May 21
12 noon
Grades due for all graduating seniors
Monday, May 20
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 25 evening.
*Tuesday, May 21
10 am to 4 pm
Regalia (Cap and Gown) distribution, Elrod Commons 114 (hosted by Career Development)
Tuesday, May 21
4:00 pm 
Faculty Meeting, Stackhouse Theater, Elrod University Commons
Tuesday, May 21
5:00 pm
Journalism and Mass Communications Department reception and awards ceremony, Hillel House 101
*Tuesday, May 21
5:15 pm
Center for International Education awarding of Certificates of International Immersion, Atrium, Ruscio Center for Global Learning
Tuesday, May 21
8:00 pm  
The Commencement Concert by the Washington and Lee University Singers, featuring favorite works throughout 2018-2019 selected by the seniors, Wilson Hall
A free concert, open to the public.
*Wednesday, May 22
9:00 am to 10:00 am
Lee Chapel open for visitors (Museum downstairs open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
*Wednesday, May 22
9:15 am, sharp
Class photo in the Cohen Amphitheater between Leyburn Library and Elrod University Commons.
Rain Plan: 9 am on Thursday, prior to the graduation ceremony.
Wednesday, May 22
9:30 am
Graduates line up, Stemmons Plaza behind Washington Hall, in front of Huntley Hall
Rain Location: VMI's Cameron Hall
Wednesday, May 22
10:00 am
Undergraduate Baccalaureate, Colonnade, in front of Lee Chapel
Speaker: Kerry Egan, alumnae and hospice chaplain
Rain Location: VMI's Cameron Hall
Wednesday, May 22
11:30 am
Luncheon for families, faculty, and staff, Cannan Green between the Elrod Commons and Doremus Gymnasium
Rain Location: Under tents on Cannan Green
*Wednesday, May 22
11:30 am to 5:00 pm
Lee Chapel open for visitors (Museum downstairs open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
*Wednesday, May 22
12:30 pm
President's Open House for parents, Lee House. Ends promptly at 2:00 pm
Wednesday, May 22
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Williams School awards ceremony, Stackhouse Theater, Elrod University Commons (by invitation)
Wednesday, May 22
1:30 pm
Art and Art History, Music, Theater, Dance and Film Studies Departments awards ceremony, Wilson Concert Hall
*Wednesday, May 22
3:00 pm
Computer Science Department reception, Science Center Great Hall
Wednesday, May 22
3:30 pm
Teacher Education reception, Elrod University Commons 214
*Wednesday, May 22
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 22
3:30 pm
History Department reception, Hotchkiss Alumni House, with awards ceremony beginning at 4:00 pm
*Wednesday, May 22
4:00 pm
Philosophy Department reception, Elrod University Commons 214
*Wednesday, May 22
4:00 pm
Religion Department reception
Wednesday, May 22
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Sociology and Anthropology Department reception, Hillel House 101
*Wednesday, May 22
4:00 pm
Mathematics Department reception, Robinson Hall, Room 105
*Wednesday, May 22
4:00 pm
Neuroscience reception for seniors, families, and faculty, Atrium, Ruscio Center for Global Learning
*Wednesday, May 22
6:00 pm
Donning of the Kente ceremony, Wilson Concert Hall, followed by a reception in the Marketplace
Thursday, May 23
8:00 am
Classics Department continental breakfast, Mason Taylor New Room, Payne Hall
Thursday, May 23
8:00 am to 9:30 am
East Asian Languages and Literatures Department continental breakfast, Ruscio Center for Global Learning Atrium
Thursday, May 23
8:00 am
Geology Department breakfast, Geology Department, Science Addition, 2nd Floor
Thursday, May 23
8:00 am to 9:30 am
German and Arabic Department continental breakfast, Hotchkiss Alumni House
*Thursday, May 23
8:00 am
Physics and Engineering Department breakfast, Science Center Great Hall
*Thursday, May 23
8:00 am
Psychology Department breakfast, Elrod University Commons Living Room
*Thursday, May 23
8:00 am
Romance Languages Department breakfast, Tucker Hall Front Lawn
*Thursday, May 23
8:00 am
Shepherd Program breakfast, Mattingly House 201
*Thursday, May 23
8:00 am
Williams School breakfast for students and family, Huntley Hall Terrace (out front)
Rain Location: Larry and Fran Peppers reading room and lobby area inside Huntley Hall
Thursday, May 23
8:45 am
Pictures of alumni parents and their graduating children, in front of Simpson House (Rain Location: Evans Dining Hall). Information to be sent by the Alumni Office
Thursday, May 23
9:15 am
Graduates line up, Stemmons Plaza behind Washington Hall, in front of Huntley Hall
Rain Location: VMI's Cameron Hall
Thursday, May 23
10:00 am
Undergraduate Commencement, Colonnade, in front of Lee Chapel
Speakers: University President William C. Dudley and Elizabeth Mugo, recent  president of the Executive Committee of the Study Body 
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/commencementlive.
*Thursday, May 23
after graduation
Biology Department lunch, Hotchkiss Alumni House
*Thursday, May 23
after graduation
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department lunch, Science Addition Great Hall
*Thursday, May 23
after graduation until 5:00 pm
Lee Chapel open for visitors (museum opens at 11:30 am)
*Thursday, May 23
after graduation
Theater, Dance, and Film Studies Department lunch, Lenfest Center for the Arts, Kamen Gallery
*Thursday, May 23 5:00 pm Army ROTC and Joint Services Commissioning, Lee Chapel