Schedule of Commencement Events 2020 also reachable through go.wlu.edu/commencement-schedule

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

Law

Date/TimeEvent
Tuesday and Wednesday,
February 11 and 12,
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Law School Grad Fair
*Wednesday, May 6
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 7
3:30 pm
Awards Ceremony and Presentation of Walking Sticks, Evans Dining Hall (dress: business casual)
*Thursday, May 7
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 8
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 8
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 8
9:30 am
Graduates line up, Stemmons Plaza between Newcomb Hall and Reid Hall, facing Huntley Hall
Rain Location: Duchossois Tennis Center
*Friday, May 8
10:00 am
Law Commencement, Colonnade, in front of Lee Chapel
Speaker: to be announced, March 2020
Rain Location: Duchossois Tennis Center
*Friday, May 8
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)
Wednesday - Friday,
March 11 - 13
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Undergraduate Grad Fair, Elrod University Commons Atrium
*Wednesday, March 18
6:00 pm
History Department dinner, CGL Atrium, with department awards
*Thursday, March 26
5:00 pm
Physics and Engineering Department awards ceremony, Hillel House 101
*Friday, March 27
4:00 pm
Geology Department Thesis presentations, Science Addition.  Followed by awards ceremony and end-of-year picnic
*Wednesday, May 6
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Reception for graduating seniors, Lee House
Rain Location: Evans Dining Hall
*Thursday, May 14
11:45 am
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department awards ceremony, Science Addition 214
*Tuesday, May 19
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
4:30 pm
English Department awards ceremony, Payne Hall, Mason Taylor New Room
*Saturday, May 23
5:00 pm
Final examinations end
*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 25 evening.
*Tuesday, May 26
10 am to 3 pm
Regalia (Cap and Gown) distribution, Elrod Commons 114 (hosted by Career Development)
*Tuesday, May 26
3:00 pm
Lavender Graduation Party, LGBTQ Resource Center
*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, Hillel House 101
*Tuesday, May 26
5:15 pm
Center for International Education awarding of Certificates of International Immersion, Atrium, Ruscio Center for Global Learning
*Tuesday, May 26
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 27
9:00 am to 10:00 am
Lee Chapel open for visitors (Museum downstairs open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
*Wednesday, May 27
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 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: to be announced Winter 2020
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: Under tents on Cannan Green
*Wednesday, May 27
11:30 am to 5:00 pm
Lee Chapel open for visitors (Museum downstairs open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
*Wednesday, May 27
12:30 pm
President's Open House for parents, Lee House. Ends promptly at 2:00 pm
*Wednesday, May 27
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Williams School awards ceremony, Stackhouse Theater, Elrod University Commons (by invitation)
*Wednesday, May 27
1:30 pm
Art and Art History, Music, 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
3:00 pm
Donning of the Kente ceremony, Evans Dining Hall, followed by a reception in the Kamen Gallery, Lenfest Hall
*Wednesday, May 27
3:30 pm
Teacher Education reception, Elrod University Commons 214
*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
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Sociology and Anthropology Department reception, Hillel House 101
*Wednesday, May 27
4:00 pm
Mathematics Department reception, Robinson Hall, Room 105
*Wednesday, May 27
4:00 pm
Neuroscience reception for seniors, families, and faculty, Atrium, Ruscio Center for Global Learning
*Wednesday, May 27
4:00 pm
Philosophy Department reception, Elrod University Commons 216
*Wednesday, May 27
4:30 pm
Religion Department reception for Erin An, Alex Brown's home, 510 Jackson Avenue
*Thursday, May 28
8:00 am
Classics Department continental breakfast, Mason Taylor New Room, Payne Hall
*Thursday, May 28
8:00 am to 9:30 am
East Asian Languages and Literatures Department continental breakfast, Ruscio Center for Global Learning Atrium
*Thursday, May 28
8:00 am
Geology Department breakfast, Geology Department, Science Addition, 2nd Floor
*Thursday, May 28
8:00 am to 9:30 am
German and Arabic Department continental breakfast, Hotchkiss Alumni House
*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 Department breakfast, Tucker Hall Front Lawn
*Thursday, May 28
8:00 am
Shepherd Program breakfast, Mattingly House 201
*Thursday, May 28
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 28
8:30 am
History Department coffee reception for history majors and their families, Newcomb Hall (out front)
*Thursday, May 28
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 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: University President William C. Dudley and student leader to be named Winter 2020 
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 28
after graduation
Biology Department lunch, Hotchkiss Alumni House
*Thursday, May 28
after graduation
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department lunch, Science Center Great Hall
*Thursday, May 28
after graduation until 5:00 pm
Lee Chapel open for visitors (museum opens at 11:30 am)
*Thursday, May 28
after graduation
Theater, Dance, and Film Studies Department lunch, Lenfest Center for the Arts, Kamen Gallery
*Thursday, May 28 5:00 pm Army ROTC and Joint Services Commissioning, Lee Chapel