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Main Ceremony

The Main Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 12 at 2 pm to include candidates receiving Bachelor degrees from the School of Arts and Sciences, Jepson School of Leadership Studies and the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business. 

The Main Ceremony will be held at the Robins Center Arena.

Tickets are required for all guests planning to attend this event and will be distributed April 23 and 24 in the Alice Haynes room from 1-6pm. Each graduating student will be allocated up to seven (7) tickets.

The Main Ceremony is anticipated to last approximately three hours. 

Below you will find information regarding receptions and other events related to the Main Ceremony. This list will be updated as events are confirmed.

LIVE STREAM: For those not able to be in attendance at Main Commencement ceremonies, we will live stream the event.

Friday, May 10

Sophomore Scholars in Residency Reception
Westhampton Center; Living Room 101
2-3:30 p.m.

International Education Graduation Reception
Carole Weinstein International Center
3:30-5:30 p.m.

Journalism Reception
Weinstein Hall; Garden of the Five Lions 
4-6 p.m.

Senior Celebration
University Forum
9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
A casual, fun event for the entire family to celebrate with friends. With DJ music as a backdrop, under a tent on the University Forum introductions to friends are made, singing, dancing, and simply seeing each other creates an atmosphere of excitement to begin the Class of 2019 graduation weekend events. The dress is casual and comfortable.

Saturday, May 11

Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Gottwald Center for the Sciences Atrium
1:30-3 p.m.

Anthropology, Sociology and Criminal Justice Reception
Department Foyer - Weinstein Hall, 3rd Floor
1:30-3 p.m.

Arts and Sciences Graduation Reception
Tyler Haynes Commons; Alice Haynes Room
3 - 5 p.m. RSVP HERE

Robins School of Business Senior Wine and Cheese
Queally Hall
4 - 6 p.m.

History Reception
Jepson Hall; Room 118
2 - 3 p.m.

Philsophy Reception
North Court, Philosophy Study and Library Room
2-4 p.m.

English Reception
Weinstein Hall; Brown Alley Room
2:30-5 p.m.

Political Science Reception
Weinstein Hall; Garden of the Five Lions
2:30-3:30 p.m.

Jepson School Finale
Modlin Center; Alice Jepson Theatre
Award ceremony begins at 2 p.m., reception to immediately follow.

Latin American, Latino, Iberian Studies, Geography, International Studies and Languages, Literatures and Cultures Reception
Carole Weinstein International Center; Commons
5-6 p.m.

Dean's Reception
Heilman Dining Center
8:30-9:30 p.m.

Candlelight Ceremony
Robins Center (New Venue)
10-10:30 p.m.

The Candlelight Ceremony has been relocated due to a very rainy forecast! The location has been changed to the Robins Center Arena. ALL graduates will convene on the ambulatory level by using the external stairs facing College Road. Please arrive no later than 9:15P to be able to assemble and process. Families and friends will enter by using the external stairs. All those needing assistance will be directed upon arrival at the lower level of the Robins Center.

We look forward to a wonderful celebration of reflection, memories and music!

Sunday, May 12

Baccalaureate Ceremony
Cannon Memorial Chapel,
10 a.m.
Graduates and their families are invited to this inter-religious celebration of the senior class, including student speakers and musicians.

Leadership Luncheon
Jepson Alumni Center; Robins Pavilion
11:15-1 p.m.
*Invitation required.

Graduation Buffet
Heilman Dining Center
11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Enjoy a delicious brunch with your family and fuel up for the main ceremony. Menu. $11 per person. To purchase tickets in advance, contact or (804)289-8512

Graduation Walk
Walk begins at 12:15 p.m. from Gateway Village
Our graduates convene for one final walk together through campus on the way to Commencement.

The Robins Center
2 p.m.