Schedule of Commencement Events 2018 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 3
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 4
3:30 pm
Awards Ceremony and Presentation of Walking Sticks, Evans Dining Hall (dress: business casual)
*Friday, May 4
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 5
9:00 am
Pictures of alumni parents and their graduating children. Front Lawn, in front of the President's home (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 5
9:15 am
LL.M. and J.D. graduating class photo. Front Lawn, in front of the President's home (Lee House) and the Lee-Jackson House.
Rain plan: For anything more than a drizzle, this picture will be cancelled.
Saturday, May 5
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 5
10:00 am
Law Commencement, Colonnade, in front of Lee Chapel
Speaker: to be announced Winter 2018
Rain Location: Warner Center Gymnasium
*Saturday, May 5
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 29
4:00 pm
Physics and Engineering Department awards ceremony and Sigma Pi Sigma induction ceremony, Hillel House 101
*Friday, March 30
3:00 pm
Geology Department Thesis presentations, Science Addition.  Followed by awards ceremony and end-of-year dinner in Evans Dining Hall
*Wednesday, April 4
6:30 pm
Williams School awards ceremony and dinner, Evans Dining Hall (by invitation only)
*Tuesday, May 15
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 16
4:00 pm
English Department awards ceremony, Payne Hall, Mason Taylor New Room
*Wednesday, May 16
5:30 pm
Reception for graduating seniors, Lee House
Rain Location: Evans Dining Hall
*Thursday, May 17
5:00 pm
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department awards ceremony, Science Addition 114
*Saturday, May 19
5:00 pm
Final examinations end
*Monday, May 21
12 noon
Grades due for all graduating seniors
*Monday, May 21
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 22
10 am to 4 pm
Regalia (Cap and Gown) distribution, Elrod Commons 114 (hosted by Career Development)
*Tuesday, May 22
4:00 pm 
Faculty Meeting, Stackhouse Theater, Elrod University Commons
*Tuesday, May 22
5:00 pm
Journalism and Mass Communications Department reception and awards ceremony, Hillel House 101
*Tuesday, May 22
6:00 pm
Center for International Education awarding of Certificates of International Immersion, Atrium, Ruscio Center for Global Learning
*Tuesday, May 22
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 23
9:00 am to 10:00 am
Lee Chapel open for visitors
*Wednesday, May 23
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 23
9:30 am
Graduates line up, Stemmons Plaza behind Washington Hall, in front of Huntley Hall
Rain Location: VMI's Cameron Hall
*Wednesday, May 23
10:00 am
Undergraduate Baccalaureate, Colonnade, in front of Lee Chapel
Speaker: to be announced Winter 2018
Rain Location: VMI's Cameron Hall
*Wednesday, May 23
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 23
11:30 am to 5:00 pm
Lee Chapel open for visitors
*Wednesday, May 23
12:30 pm
President's reception for parents, Lee House. Ends promptly at 2:00 pm.
*Wednesday, May 23
2:30 pm
Art and Art History, Music, Theater, Dance and Film Studies Departments awards ceremony, Wilson Concert Hall
*Wednesday, May 23
3:00 pm
Computer Science Department reception, Science Center Great Hall
*Wednesday, May 23
3:30 pm
Teacher Education reception, Elrod University Commons 216
*Wednesday, May 23
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 23
3:30 pm
History Department awards ceremony, Hillel House 101, followed by a reception at 4:00 pm
*Wednesday, May 23
4:00 pm
Philosophy Department reception, Elrod University Commons 114
*Wednesday, May 23
4:00 pm
Religion Department reception, The Bistro on Main Street, 8 N. Main Street
*Wednesday, May 23
4:00 pm
Sociology and Anthropology Department reception, Elrod University Commons 116
*Wednesday, May 23
4:00 pm
Mathematics Department reception, Robinson Hall, Room 105
*Wednesday, May 23
4:00 pm
Neuroscience reception for seniors, families, and faculty, Hotchkiss Alumni House
*Wednesday, May 23
6:00 pm
Donning of the Kente ceremony, Wilson Concert Hall, followed by a reception in the Marketplace
*Thursday, May 24
8:00 am
Classics Department continental breakfast, Mason Taylor New Room, Payne Hall
*Thursday, May 24
8:00 am
East Asian Languages and Literatures Department continental breakfast, Ruscio Center for Global Learning 123
*Thursday, May 24
8:00 am
Geology Department breakfast, Geology Department, Science Addition, 2nd Floor
*Thursday, May 24
8:00 am
German and Russian Department continental breakfast, Atrium, Ruscio Center for Global Learning
*Thursday, May 24
8:00 am
Physics and Engineering Department breakfast, Science Center Great Hall
*Thursday, May 24
8:00 am
Psychology Department breakfast, Elrod University Commons Living Room
*Thursday, May 24
8:00 am
Romance Languages Department breakfast, Davis/Baker Lawn
*Thursday, May 24
8:00 am
Shepherd Program breakfast, Mattingly House 201
*Thursday, May 24
8:00 am
Williams School breakfast for students and family, Grass between Elrod Commons and Huntley Hall  
Rain Location: Larry and Fran Peppers reading room and lobby area inside Huntley Hall
*Thursday, May 24
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 24
9:00 am to 10:00 am
Lee Chapel open for visitors
*Thursday, May 24
9:15 am
Graduates line up, Stemmons Plaza behind Washington Hall, in front of Huntley Hall
Rain Location: VMI's Cameron Hall
*Thursday, May 24
10:00 am
Undergraduate Commencement, Colonnade, in front of Lee Chapel
Speakers: President William C. Dudley and student speaker to be announced Winter 2018  
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 24
after graduation
Biology Department lunch, Hotchkiss Alumni House
*Thursday, May 24
after graduation
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department lunch, Science Addition Great Hall
*Thursday, May 24
after graduation
English Department luncheon, Northen Auditorium foyer, Leyburn Library
*Thursday, May 24
after graduation until 5:00 pm
Lee Chapel open for visitors (museum opens at 11:30 am)
*Thursday, May 24
after graduation
Theater, Dance, and Film Studies Department lunch, Lenfest Center for the Arts, Kamen Gallery
*Thursday, May 24
5:00 to 7:00 pm
All-Branches Joint Commissioning Ceremony, Lee Chapel