Schedule of Commencement Events 2017 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 4
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 4.
Rain Location: Warner Center Gymnasium
Friday, May 5
3:30 pm
Awards Ceremony and Presentation of Walking Sticks, Evans Dining Hall (dress: business casual)
Friday, May 5
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 6
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 6
9:15 am
LL.M. and J.D. graduating class photo.
Saturday, May 6
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 6
10:00 am
Law Commencement, Colonnade, in front of Lee Chapel
Speaker: to be announced during Winter 2017
Rain Location: Warner Center Gymnasium
Saturday, May 6
11:30 am
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 30
4:00 pm
Physics and Engineering Department awards ceremony and Sigma Pi Sigma induction ceremony, Hillel House 101
*Friday, March 31
3:00 pm
Geology Department Thesis presentations, Science Addition.  Followed by awards ceremony and end-of-year dinner in Evans Dining Hall
Wednesday, April 5
6:30 pm
Williams School awards ceremony and dinner, Evans Dining Hall (by invitation only)
Thursday, May 15
5:00 pm
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department awards ceremony, Science Addition 114
* Tuesday, May 16
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 17
4:00 pm
English Department awards ceremony, Payne Hall, Mason Taylor New Room
Wednesday, May 17
5:30 pm
Reception, Lee House
Rain Location: Evans Dining Hall
Saturday, May 20
5:00 pm
Final examinations end
Monday, May 22
12 noon
Grades due for all graduating seniors
* Monday, May 22
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 23
9 am to 4 pm
Regalia (Cap and Gown) distribution, Elrod Commons 114 (hosted by Career Development)
Tuesday, May 23
4:00 pm 
Faculty Meeting, Stackhouse Theater, Elrod University Commons
Tuesday, May 23
5:00 pm
Journalism and Mass Communications Department reception and awards ceremony, Hillel House 101
* Tuesday, May 23
5:30 pm
International Education awarding of Certificates of International Immersion, Center for International Education
* Tuesday, May 23
8:00 pm  
The Commencement Concert by the Washington and Lee University Singers, featuring favorite works throughout 2016-2017 selected by the seniors, Wilson Hall
A free concert, open to the public.
* Wednesday, May 24
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 24
9:30 am
Graduates line up, Stemmons Plaza behind Washington Hall, in front of Huntley Hall
Rain Location: VMI's Cameron Hall
Wednesday, May 24
10:00 am
Undergraduate Baccalaureate, Colonnade, in front of Lee Chapel
Speaker: to be announced during Winter 2017
Rain Location: VMI's Cameron Hall
* Wednesday, May 24
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 24
12:30 pm
President's reception for parents, Lee House. Ends promptly at 2:00 pm.
* Wednesday, May 24
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Lee Chapel open for visitors
*
Wednesday, May 24
1:00 pm
Art and Art History Department senior theses presentations, Wilson Concert Hall
Wednesday, May 24
2:30 pm
Art and Art History, Music, Theater, Dance and Film Studies Departments awards ceremony, Wilson Concert Hall
*
Wednesday, May 24
3:00 pm
Computer Science Department reception, Science Center Great Hall
Wednesday,
May 24
3:30 pm
Teacher Education reception, Elrod University Commons 216
Wednesday, May 24
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 24
3:30 pm
History Department awards ceremony, Hotchkiss Alumni House, followed by a reception at 4:00 pm
* Wednesday, May 24
4:00 pm
Philosophy Department reception, Elrod University Commons 214 (Volunteer Resource Room)
* Wednesday, May 24
4:00 pm
Religion Department reception, Home of Jeffrey Kosky
Wednesday,
May 24
4:00 pm
Sociology and Anthropology Department reception, Elrod University Commons 116
* Wednesday, May 24
4:00 pm
Mathematics Department reception, Robinson Hall, Room 105
Wednesday,
May 24
4:00 pm
Neuroscience reception for seniors, families, and faculty, Hotchkiss Alumni House
* Wednesday, May 24
6:00 pm
Donning of the Kente ceremony, Wilson Concert Hall, followed by a reception in the Marketplace
* Thursday, May 25
8:00 am
Classics Department continental breakfast, Mason Taylor New Room, Payne Hall
Thursday, May 25
8:00 am
East Asian Languages and Literatures Department continental breakfast, Center for Global Learning 123
Thursday, May 25
8:00 am
Geology Department breakfast, Geology Department, Science Addition, 2nd Floor
Thursday, May 25
8:00 am
German and Russian Department continental breakfast, Center for Global Learning Atrium
* Thursday, May 25
8:00 am
Physics and Engineering Department breakfast, Science Center Great Hall
* Thursday, May 25
8:00 am
Psychology Department breakfast, Elrod University Commons Living Room
Thursday, May 25
8:00 am
Romance Languages Department breakfast, Davis/Baker Lawn
Thursday, May 25
8:00 am
Williams School breakfast, Grass between Elrod Commons and Huntley Hall
Rain Location: Larry and Fran Peppers reading room and lobby area inside Huntley Hall
* Thursday, May 25
8:45 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 25
9:15 am
Graduates line up, Stemmons Plaza behind Washington Hall, in front of Huntley Hall
Rain Location: VMI's Cameron Hall
Thursday, May 25
10:00 am
Undergraduate Commencement, Colonnade, in front of Lee Chapel
Speakers: President William C. Dudley and Student EC 2016-17 representative to be determined
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 25
after graduation (12:30 pm)
Biology Department lunch, Hotchkiss Alumni House
Thursday, May 25
after graduation (12:30 pm)
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department lunch, Science Addition Great Hall
Thursday, May 25
after graduation (12:30 pm)
English Department luncheon, Northen Auditorium foyer, Leyburn Library
* Thursday, May 25
after graduation (12:30 pm)
Shepherd Program Drop-In Reception, Mattingly House. Ends at 3:00 pm.
Thursday, May 25
after graduation (12:30 pm)
Theater, Dance, and Film Studies Department lunch, Lenfest Center for the Arts, Kamen Gallery
* Thursday, May 25
5:00 to 7:00 pm
U.S. Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, Lee Chapel