Convocation 2017 will be on Thursday, September 14, 2017, in Willett Hall at 4 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. 


Distinguished alumna Megan Clark ’05 to speak at Convocation
President Reveley’s message to campus

Megan Clark ’05 sworn in as Prince Edward Commonwealth’s Attorney
Megan Clark ’05 sworn in as Prince Edward Commonwealth’s Attorney

Convocation marks the ceremonial opening of the academic year. Every September we gather to celebrate and honor our seniors and also the outstanding work of our faculty --- the teaching and research that are the soul of our mission. This year our keynote speaker for Convocation will be Prince Edward Commonwealth’s Attorney Megan Clark ’05, a highly distinguished citizen leader in our home community of whom we are exceptionally proud.

At this formal opening, one of the handful of occasions where we gather as a full academic community, I will also in my own remarks this year be sharing some thoughts related to our work and obligations as a university in our home community during these challenging times for the nation and Virginia. Our ideal of citizen leadership can and must serve as a beacon, as I have been reflecting on deeply.

Over these early days of the new year, amidst the challenges across the Commonwealth and country, we have also had the heartache of several tragedies within the Longwood family, which weigh on us greatly. Through it all, I hope the buzz of new activity and energy on campus has been inspiring. It is always for me.

Many thanks,
President Reveley


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  • Seniors and cappers report to Willett Hall at 3:15 p.m. or as soon as you are dismissed from classes ending at 3:15. 
  • 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.