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Convocation 2014

Dr. Jim Jordan Dr. Jim Jordan

September 11, 2014, 4:00 p.m.  on Lancaster Mall  (outdoor ceremony)

We celebrate the formal opening of Longwood with the Convocation Ceremony.  This year, for the first time, Convocation will be held outdoors on Lancaster Mall, opposite the spot on Wheeler Mall where the year will close with Commencement in the spring. Convocation is a mix of formal and fun with a keynote speaker, faculty awards, and the "capping" of seniors by another student.

The convocation speaker for 2014 is Dr. Jim Jordan, beloved professor at Longwood, who was recently presented the highest honor the governing body can bestow upon a faculty member:  the Board of Visitors Distinguished Professorship.

Press Release: Dr. Jim Jordan to speak at Convocation Sept. 11 

Seniors and their cappers lineup at 3:15 pm on Wheeler Mall in cap and gown.  See details below on the capping ceremony.


Convocation Basics

  • Line up will be on Wheeler Mall. Seniors and cappers should report to this location at 3:15 p.m. or as soon as you are dismissed from classes ending at 3:15.
  • Faculty and Junior Marshals will assist you in lining up for the processional. 
  • Seniors and cappers should line up beside each other.
  • Seniors should wear their academic gown (no hood) and dark shoes. You may purchase caps and gowns in the Longwood Bookstore, or contact them with questions at 391-1240.
  • Guest parking is available in the Pine Street South Lot off Wynne Drive.  If this is full, please park in the Vernon Street or Putney Street lots.


  • Individuals who require accommodations for this event should contact Disability Resources, Graham Building, 395-2391.
  • Academic Regalia?
    Contact the Bookstore, 391-1240.
  • Other Questions?
    Contact Office of the President, 395-4806 or 395-2001

Senior Capping

The Fun Part of Convocation

  • Each senior asks an underclassman to serve as his/her little brother or sister (capper). The capper decorates the senior's mortarboard with mementos of the senior's Longwood experience and "caps" his/her senior at the appropriate time in the ceremony.
  • Each senior may have ONLY ONE CAPPER.
  • Seniors may elect to cap each other or not have a capper
  • Cappers bring the decorated caps or the senior brings his/her own cap.