Friday, May 17, 2024 | Joan Brock Perry Center | 4:00 p.m.


Graduation Requirements

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

Name Pronunciation - Graduate

All students who have indicated that they plan to participate in the May commencement ceremony will receive an email from NameCoach prior to the commencement ceremony.

If you feel that your name is unique to pronounce, please follow the instructions in the email to have a recording of your name shared with the Commencement Planning staff. 

If you have questions, please contact

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

Accessible parking and seating will be available at a first-come, first serve basis. There is no need to make a reservation.


A Graduate is hooded.


Your gown is worn with the zipper in front.


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.

Tassel - Masters 

The tassel is worn on the right before you graduate and turned to the left 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 by July 1st 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. 

Guest Seating

Tickets are not required for the ceremony. Guest seating is first-come, first-served, with no limit on the number of guests students may invite to the ceremony.

Graduate Ceremony Parking

A graduate sits with family.

On-Campus Commencement Parking Directions to Longwood University

Multiple central campus lots will offer both general parking and ample American with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible specific parking. All parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis and no reservations are required.

The Graduate Ceremony is in Joan Perry Brock Center, it is marked with a green star on the parking map.

Golf carts will be available from the ADA lots for those with accessibility needs in getting to and from the ceremony area. Accessible parking and seating will be available at a first-come, first-serve basis. There is no need to make a reservation.

2024 Commencement Parking Map (pdf)

Entering Farmville: Route 460 East and West
 Guests are requested to use Route 460 for entry into Farmville. Message boards will be placed on the East Bound and West Bound sides of Rt. 460; all traffic will be directed north on Main Street.

Overnight Accommodations

Visit Farmville 

Longwood Memorabilia

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

Service Animals

Only those animals designated as Service Animals are permitted at the Commencement ceremony. Please note that University personnel may ask the owner/handler the following two questions:

1) Is this animal a service animal required because of a disability?
2) What tasks or work has this dog been trained to perform?

Smoking Areas

Smoking is allowed in designated locations only.