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Convocation 2020 is Thursday, September 10, 2020

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. 

Update (9/9/20):

Unfortunately, the weather has not agreed with our plan to have several outdoor Convocation ceremonies, so the ceremonies are canceled. However, we invite you to virtually join a livestream of a small ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m. with President Reveley, Provost Smith, and the senior class officers to mark this milestone event—the traditional start of students’ senior years.

Please contact the Office of Disability Resources at prior to the start of the live stream if you need a transcript of this event.

Those students registered to participate in Convocation are invited to a socially distanced photo opportunity in Lankford Hall. Registered students will receive an email with details and their time slot.

Capping Guidelines for Convocation 2020

Capping is a longstanding Longwood tradition highlighted by the "capping" of seniors by their friends.


Graduates who wish to participate must REGISTER themselves and their capper by Thursday, September 3.

Only those who have registered prior to the ceremonies will be allowed to participate.


Due to space constraints, only one capper per graduate. Graduates may participate without a capper.

What to Wear

Graduates wear their academic gown and graduates or cappers bring the decorated cap. 

Face coverings are required.

Beginning Friday, August 28, regalia may be purchased at the Longwood Bookstore (434)391-3355.


For accommodations please contact the Office of Disability Resources, (434)395-2391.

Commencement Ceremony Cancelation

In the event of rain or inclement weather, the ceremony will be canceled.

If COVID-19 guidelines change, the event may need to be canceled.

Convocation 2019 

In Photos:

Full Ceremony

Capping Highlights