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Convocation 2018 will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018, in Willet Hall at 1.30 p.m.

Longwood University celebrates the official opening of the academic year with the Convocation Ceremony. Convocation is a formal ceremony where seniors wear academic regalia and are initiated into their final year of university education. At Longwood, we honor the transition into seniorhood with the traditional capping ceremony. Distinguished faculty members are presented awards and a keynote speaker gives the address. 

2018 Convocation Speaker Bill Harbour

For more than four decades, Dr. Bill Harbour has been the stalwart face of Longwood’s political science program, building a well-deserved reputation as a challenging professor, astute mentor, and sharp wit.

A beloved teacher who has helped thousands of budding citizen-leaders think critically about the political process and hold elected figures to high standard, he has guided students through political science classes ranging from international relations to terrorism and homeland security.

For the past five years, he has co-taught a class on the American Presidency with President W. Taylor Reveley IV. During the 2016 Vice Presidential Debate, Harbour shared his expertise on the presidency in front of national media.


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  • Seniors and cappers report to Willett Hall at 12:45 p.m. or as soon as you are dismissed from classes ending at 12:30 p.m. 
  • Seniors and cappers can be seated upon arrival. Seniors are seated directly in front of their capper. Junior Marshals will assist you with seating.
  • Seniors need to wear their academic gown (no hood) and dark shoes. You may purchase caps and gowns in the Longwood Bookstore.
  • Faculty lineup in Willett Hall.
  • Platform Party members line up in Willett Hall. 
  • Seniors/Cappers will not process. Faculty and Platform Party members will process. Seniors/Cappers and guests stand during the processional and recessional.
  • 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.

Capping Basics

  • Each senior may ask an underclassman to serve as 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.