Friday, May 20, 2022 | Jarman Auditorium | 5:30pm


Live Video Stream

Watch the ceremony live on your mobile device. The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends approximately at noon.

Digital Program

The 2022 Commencement program will be available Friday, May 20 at 8 a.m.

View or download a copy of  at: link available Friday, May 20 at 8 a.m.

Graduation Requirements

If you have questions or concerns about your Graduation Requirements and/or the Graduate Checklist contact the Registrar's Office in Brock Hall, (434)395-2580.

Name Pronunciation - Graduate

If you believe your name is hard to pronounce, please contact Carolyn Higgins. 

Please provide the following information when you leave a message:

  • Your name
  • Your graduate program
  • Your phone number
Carolyn Higgins
Administrative Specialist, College of Graduate Studies
(434) 395-4709 

Accessibility Needs for Graduates and Guests

If you have questions concerning access or need disability-related accommodations, please contact the Accessibility Resources Office at (434)395-2391 or email us at

Handicap parking will be available and there is no need to make a reservation.


All degree and professional endorsement candidates must wear appropriate attire for the Commencement A Graduate is hooded. ceremony, which includes an academic cap and gown, hood and dark shoes.  Members of the Alumni Office will be there to assist you with your Gown, Hood and Mortarboard.


Your gown is worn with the zipper in front.


Graduate students will have their hood placed on them during the ceremony. You will carry the hood into the ceremony draped over your left arm. When your name is called, the respective Deans will complete the hooding process as you walk across the stage.

The hood is worn with the velvet stripe showing in the front, draping over the shoulders to your back, and rolling over to expose the colors.

Safety pins will help secure your hood to your gown.

Don't wear bright colors on top that will detract from your hood.

The color of velvet hood stripe by degree:

  • Master of Business Administration - Drab 
  • Master of Education - Light Blue 
  • Master of Science - Goldenrod


The mortarboard should be worn so that the point marked "Front of Cap" is down on your forehead. This allows the mortarboard to sit flat on the top of your head

Bobby pins will help secure the mortarboard to your head.

Do NOT decorate the mortarboard as it will inhibit placing the hood over your head and mortarboard during Graduates stand together in academic regalia. the ceremony.

Tassel - Masters 

The tassel is worn on the left and should not be turned during the ceremony.


Graduating students will receive their diplomas by mail within 4-6 weeks after graduating.

Diploma size for undergraduate and graduate diplomas is 11” (width) x 14” (height)

The frames that fit the 11x14” frames are:


Diploma frames may be ordered from the Longwood Bookstore website.

Announcements, Invitations and Class Rings

Order online from the Balfour Website

Professional Photography and DVD

During Commencement, professional photographers from Grad Images will take pictures of each graduate during the ceremony. They will have proofs available on their website within 3 days after graduation at

Graduates and their families are invited to pre-register their contact information to receive notifications at the following link:  

Order Your Commencement DVD         

A copy of the Commencement ceremony will be available for you to order on a DVD, Blu-ray, or Download through Memories Videography. 

Order your Graduation DVD


Graduation is a formal academic ceremony and a special day for the graduates and their guests. Please respect this occasion and all who worked so hard to get here by remaining seated and quiet during the ceremony.

Also, we ask that you please show respect for your fellow students and plan to stay for the entire ceremony.

Prohibited Items:

  • Alcohol 
  • Air horns
  • Beach balls
  • Bubbles
  • Other Distractions

Cell Phones and Mobile Devices

All cell phones and mobile devices should be turned to silent. 

Graduate Ceremony Parking

A graduate sits with family.

On-Campus Commencement Parking Directions to Longwood University 

Please visit Maps & Directions for more information on how to get to the University.

Entering Farmville: Route 460 East and West
Guests are requested to use Route 460 for entry into Farmville. 

Overnight Accommodations

Visit Farmville 

Longwood Memorabilia

The Longwood Bookstore will be open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Service Animals

Only registered service animals are permitted.

Smoking Areas

Smoking is allowed in designated locations only.


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