Schedule of Commencement Events 2022

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

Law

Date/TimeEvent
Wednesday, May 11
3 - 4 p.m.
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 11.
Rain Location: Duchossois Athletic and Recreation Center
Thursday, May 12
3:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony and Presentation of Walking Sticks, Evans Dining Hall (dress: business casual)
8:30 - 10:30 p.m. 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.
Friday, May 13

9 a.m.
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: TBD
9:15 a.m. J.D. 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.
9:30 a.m. Graduates line up, Stemmons Plaza between Newcomb Hall and Reid Hall, facing Huntley Hall
Rain Location: 4th floor in Duchossois Athletic and Recreation Center, outside Holekamp Gyn
10 a.m. Law Commencement, Colonnade, in front of University Chapel
Speaker: Lizanne Thomas '82L
Rain Location: Duchossois Athletic and Recreation Center; remote viewing locations in Stackhouse Theater and Hillel Multipurpose Room
11:30 a.m. Picnic, Cannan Green (tent near the Elrod University Commons)



Undergraduate

Date/TimeEvent
Tuesday - Friday,
March 8 - 11
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Undergraduate Grad Fair, Elrod University Commons Atrium
Friday, April 1
3:30 p.m.
Geology Department Thesis presentations, Science Addition.  Followed by awards ceremony and end-of-year picnic
Wednesday, May 11
5 - 6:30 p.m.
Reception for graduating seniors, Lee House patio

Monday, May 16
4:30 - 6 p.m.

ODK Senior Celebratiomn, ODK Circle
5:30 p.m. Athletics awards ceremony, Holekamp Gym, Duchossois Athletic and Recreation Center
Recognition of participation and achievements among 24 varsity teams, followed by dinner in Evans Dining Hall
Tuesday, May 17
5 p.m.
Johnson Scholars Senior Send-Off Celebration, Hotchkiss Alumni Hosue
Wednesday, May 18
4:45 p.m.
English Department Awards Ceremony, Payne Hall, Mason Taylor New Room
Saturday, May 21 Final examinations
Monday, May 23
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Regalia (Cap and Gown) distribution, Elrod Commons Living Room
7:30 p.m. Alumni Senior Night, Liberty Hall Ruins. Entertainment, food, fireworks.
Sponsored by The Alumni Association.
Tuesday, May 24
3 - 4:30 p.m. Lavender Graduation, Evans Dining Hall, reception to follow
5 - 7 p.m. Journalism and Mass Communications Department reception and awards ceremony, Hillel House 101
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Center for International Education awarding of Certificates of International Immersion, Atrium, Ruscio Center for Global Learning
8 p.m.
The Commencement Concert by the Washington and Lee University Singers, featuring favorite works throughout 2021-2022 selected by the seniors, Lenfest Center/Wilson Concert Hall
A free concert, open to the public.
Wednesday, May 25
9:15 a.m., 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.
9:30 a.m. Graduates line up, Stemmons Plaza behind Washington Hall, in front of Huntley Hall
Rain Location: VMI's Cameron Hall
10 a.m. Undergraduate Baccalaureate, Colonnade, in front of University Chapel
Speaker: The Very Rev. Dane Boston '08
Rain Location: VMI's Cameron Hall
11:30 a.m. Luncheon for families, faculty, and staff, Cannan Green (tent near the Elrod Commons)
12:30 p.m. President's Open House for parents, Lee House. Ends promptly at 2:00 pm
1:30 p.m. Art and Art History, Music, Theater, Dance and Film Studies Departments awards ceremony, Wilson Concert Hall
1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Williams School Awards Ceremony, Huntley Hall Terrace (by invitation)
Rain Location: Larry and Fran Peppers Room, Huntley Hall
2 p.m. Donning of the Kente ceremony, Evans Dining Hall, followed by a reception in the Hillel House from 5-6:30pm
3 p.m. Sociology and Anthropology Department Reception and Awards, Dell Outdoor Classroom
3 p.m. Reception for Graduating Seniors in Mathematics, Chavis Hall
3 p.m. Computer Science Graduation reception, Science Center Great Hall
3:30 p.m. Education Studies Reception for Seniors, Families, and Faculty, Elrod University
4 p.m. Neuroscience reception for seniors, families, and faculty, Atrium, Ruscio Center for Global Learning
4 p.m. Religion Department reception, Location: TBD
4 p.m. Reception for Graduating Seniors in Law, Justice, and Society, Prof. Julie Youngman's house
5 p.m. Philosophy Department reception, Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library
6 p.m. Hillel Senior Send-Off Dinner, Hillel House 101, RSVPs are required
Thursday, May 26
8 - 9:30 a.m. Departments of German and Russian Continental Breakfast, Hotchkiss Alumni House Patio
8 a.m. Classics Department continental breakfast, Mason Taylor New Room, Payne Hall
8 - 9:30 a.m. East Asian Languages and Literatures Department continental breakfast, Ruscio Center for Global Learning Atrium
8 a.m. Cognitive and Behavioral Science Graduation Breakfast, Elrod Commons, Living Room
8 a.m. Physics and Engineering Department Graduation breakfast, Science Center Great Hall
8 a.m. Williams School Commencement Breakfast, Huntley Hall Terrace, out front
Rain Location: Larry and Fran Peppers Room, Huntley Hall
8:30 a.m. Shepherd Program Commencement breakfast, Mattingly House
8:30 a.m. Geology Majors Graduation Breakfast, Geology Department, 2nd Floor Science Addition
8:30 a.m. History Department coffee reception for history majors and their families, Newcomb Hall (out front)
8:45 a.m. Pictures of alumni parents and their graduating children, in front of Simpson House (Rain Location: TBD). Information to be sent by the Alumni Office
9:15 a.m. Graduates line up, Stemmons Plaza behind Washington Hall, in front of Huntley Hall
Rain Location: VMI's Cameron Hall
10 a.m. Undergraduate Commencement, Colonnade, in front of University Chapel
Speakers: University President William C. Dudley 
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.
after graduation Biology Department luncheon, Hotchkiss Alumni House
after graduation Chemistry and Biochemistry Department luncheon, Cannan Green tent
after graduation Theater, Dance, and Film Studies Department lunch, Lenfest Center for the Arts, Kamen Gallery
5 p.m. ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, University Chapel