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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 beginning April 23. 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.

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

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
University Forum
10-10:30 p.m.
Candlelight is an opportunity for students to reflect and celebrate their four years in a simple, meaningful ceremony. Parents, families and friends are invited to observe from Boatwright Lawn and Tyler Haynes Commons while the graduates hold lighted candles around Westhampton Lake.

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.  $11 per person. To purchase tickets in advance, contact or (804)289-8512

The Robins Center
2 p.m.

ROTC Reception
E. Carlton Wilton Center, Multifaith Room
7-8 p.m.



Parking is free of charge. Please consider parking near the Robins Center before lunch and walking to the Heilman Dining Center. You will not have to worry about moving your vehicle or being caught in a traffic delay. View the Commencement parking map.