Signature Events for Alumni & Friends at Longwood

The Office of Alumni and Career Services is dedicated to providing exciting events for alumni, friends and families to celebrate and reminisce with classmates whether at on-campus or regional events. Throughout the year we will continually update this page when more information becomes available about each event. 



Ring Ceremony

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Putting your college class ring on your finger for the first time is an important and symbolic moment, and Longwood's recently revived Ring Ceremony marks the occasion with the emotional richness it deserves.

The day before the ceremony, staff from the alumni office places all rings in a treasure chest designed and decorated by members of Chi and Princeps. The chest remains in the Rotunda overnight under the watchful eye of Joanie. During the ceremony the next day, students are presented their rings as they hear from Longwood's president, and the president and vice president of the Alumni Board. Following the ceremony, students and their guests are invited to a luncheon with the Alumni Board of Directors.

Orders can be placed up until February 1st for participation in the Ring Ceremony.

Purchase your Longwood University or Longwood College ring today!

"The ceremony is a time for juniors and their families to celebrate receiving their Longwood class rings, which are a lasting symbol of Longwood and a reminder of exciting and meaningful years spent on campus." -Ryan Catherwood, assistant vice president for alumni and career services


Alumni Weekend 2021

June 4 - June 6, 2021

Unlike reunion events that focus on a single class, Alumni Weekend has a broader focus and connects alumni across decades, providing opportunities for affinity groups and class reunions. 

The three-day celebration, held the weekend after Memorial Day, includes comprehensive programming including: faculty talks, mini-reunions for campus organizations, an alumni version of Color Wars, decade specific receptions, and so much more! Relax and celebrate old and new friendships while sculpting a truly personal experience.

Early Bird Registration is now open! Reserve your spot today!


Welcome to the City

Fall 2021

Adjusting to life after graduation in a new city can be an intimidating experience. Getting settled in a new job in addition to locating the best places to exercise, shop, or get a great meal can be a challenge.

That's where Welcome to the City events come in!

Held each August in Virginia's three largest metro areas (Richmond, Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads), Welcome to the City events are happy hour socials designed to bring together Longwood's newest graduates with alumni already established in the area. The events not only help new graduates meet members of their local alumni networks, but it is also a great way to get insider information on their new city.

Crowd at a regional alumni event

Senior Toast

The Senior Toast has joined the ranks of beloved Longwood occasions. With each speaker hand-selected by the Class of 2020, seniors and alumni will experience a brief ceremony of reflection, laughs and inspiration, concluding with citizen leadership graduation cords being bestowed to the graduates. Afterward we will gather to celebrate in style as seniors close one chapter and begin a new.

Updates on Senior Toast 2020 will be shared here as plans finalize. 


Alumni Awards Ceremony

June 5, 2021

The Alumni Awards Ceremony recognizes alumni for their outstanding achievement and service to others. The award program is a reflection on the history of Longwood University, as well as a singular tribute to the accomplishments of the honorees.

Four of the awards are named after the four men whose portraits are featured on the Rotunda dome paintings and the fifth award is named for the area in which the dome is located. The sixth and seventh awards are new to the alumni award program, both are named after alumnae that have contributed significantly to Longwood and its alumni programs.

If you would like to nominate one or more alumni, please email Nominations are accepted at any time of the year.