Convocation 2017 will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2017 on Lancaster Mall.

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

President Reveley caps 2016 Convocation Speaker Jim Lehrer, a Longwood tradition.


2016 Keynote Speaker: Journalist Jim Lehrer

Journalist Jim LehrerJim Lehrer, the former host of PBS Newshour and the author of more than 20 books, addressed students at Convocation on September 8. His memoir of his experience as debate moderator, "Tension City," was selected for Longwood’s First Year Reading Experience this fall and will be read by all incoming freshmen, and Lehrer will also be speaking with freshmen during his visit to campus.

Lehrer is the most respected and heralded debate moderator in American history, having led an unprecedented 12 debates since 1988. His non-partisan and well-prepared approach to moderating earned him the confidence of every major political candidate, and in both the 1996 and 2000 election years he was tapped to moderate every debate of those cycles. 

For more information, view the news release.


See the Richmond Times Dispatch article on Lehrer's Visit  

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  • Seniors and cappers report to Wheeler Mall 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 Jarman Hall.
  • Platform Party members lineup in Lancaster Hall.
  • Seniors/Cappers will not process. Faculty and Platform Party members will process. Seniors/Cappers and guests stand during the processional and recessional.
  • Limited guest seating will be available on Wheeler Mall.
  • 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.