Each year, 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, a keynote speaker addresses the class, and faculty awards are announced. At Longwood, we also honor the transition into seniorhood with the traditional capping ceremony.
Capping is a longstanding Longwood tradition highlighted by the "capping" of seniors by their friends.
Due to space constraints, only one capper per graduate. Graduates may participate without a capper.
Graduates wear their academic gown and graduates or cappers bring the decorated cap.
Academic regalia may be purchased at the Longwood Bookstore. The bookstore is located at 200 N Main Street Farmville, VA. Online purchase are not available at this time. Please visit or call with any questions, they can be reached at (434) 391-3355.
For accommodations please contact the Accessibility Resources Office, (434)395-2391.
Tickets are not required for the Convocation ceremony and there is no limit on the number of guests students may invite to the ceremony. Campus will have open parking during the ceremony; guests will be guided to their seating section upon arrival to the Joan Perry Brock Center.