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: Evans Dining Hall. 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: David B. Wilkins, Harvard Law School
Rain Location: Warner Center Gymnasium
Saturday, May 5
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. (Make changes on the Personal Information link in WebAdvisor)
Thursday, March 29
5:00 pm
Physics and Engineering Department awards ceremony, Hillel House 101
Friday, March 30
3:00 pm
Geology Department Thesis presentations, Science Addition.  Followed by awards ceremony and end-of-year picnic
Tuesday, May 8 5:00 pm

Reception for graduating seniors, Lee House
Rain Location: Evans Dining Hall

Thursday, May 10
4:30 pm
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department awards ceremony, Science Addition A214
*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
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
5:15 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 2017-2018 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: Harlan Beckley, Executive Director, Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) and Washington and Lee Professor of Religion, Emeritus
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 Open House for parents, Lee House. Ends promptly at 2:00 pm
Wednesday, May 23
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Williams School awards ceremony, Stackhouse Theater, Elrod University Commons (by invitation)
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, Hotchkiss Alumni House, followed by a reception at 4:00 pm
Wednesday, May 23
4:00 pm
Philosophy Department reception, Elrod University Commons 214
Wednesday, May 23
4:00 pm
Religion Department reception, Prof. Lubin's home, 433 Spring Farm Road
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, Atrium, Ruscio Center for Global Learning
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 to 9:30 am
East Asian Languages and Literatures Department continental breakfast, Ruscio Center for Global Learning Atrium
Thursday, May 24
8:00 am
Geology Department breakfast, Geology Department, Science Addition, 2nd Floor
Thursday, May 24
8:00 am
German, Russian and Arabic Department continental breakfast, Hotchkiss Alumni House
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, Tucker Hall Front 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, Huntley Hall Terrace (out front)
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: University President William C. Dudley and T. Mason Grist '18, recent two-time 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 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 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 6:00 pm
All-Branches Joint Commissioning Ceremony, Lee Chapel