The undergraduate ceremony is webcast live and will be available via a link on the Commencement page.

We look forward to visiting with you. We're ready to CELEBRATE!

For Guests Intro

We know this is as much your day as it is the graduates and ours. We expect to have a fun-filled, exciting day on campus. 

Here are a few tips that will help you to enjoy your day to the fullest. Keep reading to make the most of this wonderful day! 

Before the Ceremony

With more than 7,000 guests at Commencement, we suggest you designate a spot to meet your party after the ceremony.

Overnight Accommodations

If you are planning to stay overnight for Commencement, options in the area can be found here.

Accessibility Needs

For Accessible Parking, please contact the Office of Disability Services at (434)395-2391.

Learn more about what we offer to accommodate our guests with Accessibility needs - Commencement Accessibility Information.

Rain and Extreme Weather Procedure

In keeping with tradition, Commencement is held outside on Wheeler Mall, rain or shine. Longwood does not have an indoor facility large enough to accommodate our graduates and guests.

The rain plan will be put in place in the event of extreme weather events only and will be announced by 6 a.m. on the day of commencement at the latest.

Rain and Extreme Weather Procedure


The Ceremony

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. 

We ask that you please plan to stay for the entire ceremony and to refrain from bringing the following to the Ceremony:

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


Please arrive early and be seated by 9:00 a.m. as the processional begins at approximately 9:15 a.m.

The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. and will last approximately 3 hours.

The Ceremony is on Wheeler Mall, this is the grassy area in front of Wheeler residence hall (#17 on the map). Please visit Maps & Directions for a printable campus map. 

Parking/Shuttle Service

Parking is available throughout the campus at any open campus parking lot.  A shuttle is available from the Wynne parking lot near the baseball stadium.  Visit our Parking Services page for the most current parking information. 

Free shuttle service will be provided from 7:45 a.m.-9:15 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Longwood Village
  • Comfort Inn
  • Days Inn
  • Super 8
  • Sunchase
  • Hampton Inn
  • Hilton Tru
  • Lancer Park
  • Wynne Lot
    (Signs on Main Street will direct you to Wynne Lot)


Tickets and Seating 

Tickets are not needed. There is no limit on the guests each graduate may have. 

Approximately 7,000 chairs for guests are on Wheeler and many seats are in the sun.  The Ceremony goes on rain or shine on Wheeler Lawn. 

Umbrellas are not allowed in the general seating area because they block the view of the other guests.

Jarman Auditorium will be open with live web streaming if you want to get out of the sun.

Flowers and Gifts

The Inter-Fraternity Council will be selling flowers and the Longwood Bookstore will have Longwood gift items available for sale.  Look for the tables on Wheeler Mall near the Blackwell Fountain.


Longwood Dining Services will offer snacks, drinks and breakfast biscuits for sale on Wheeler Mall.   


First-aid stations are located on Wheeler Mall.

Service Animals and Pets

Only registered service animals are permitted.  With the number of visitors on campus, we do not allow pets.

Smoking Areas

Smoking is allowed in designated locations only.

Directions to Longwood University

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