Commencement exercises are Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. on Wheeler Mall. All Undergraduate degree candidates will need to report to Willett Hall with their academic regalia by 8 a.m. to line up.

  • All undergraduate degree candidates report to Willett Hall Gymnasium by 8 a.m.
  • Faculty and Junior Marshals will assist you with lining up.
  • NO REHEARSAL FOR GRADUATES. Only graduates who are part of the platform party will have rehearsal.

NOTE: If you are pursuing a teaching license, you do not necessarily line up in the College of Education; the majority line up with the College of Arts and Sciences, based on their major. Physical Education majors do line up with the College of Education and Human Services.

Questions? Contact the Registrar's Office, (434)395-2580.

  • With the ceremony being outside, you may invite as many guests as you wish.
  • Please show respect for your fellow students and plan to stay for the entire ceremony.

REMINDER: Graduates are expected to conduct themselves as adults--no alcohol present. All cell phones should be turned to silent mode.  No beach balls, bubbles, or other distractions allowed during the formal ceremony.

Rain Procedures

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.


All degree candidates must wear appropriate attire for the Commencement ceremony, which includes an academic cap and gown, hood, and dark shoes.

Orders for academic regalia may be placed at the  or at the Bookstore (434.391.1240)

  • Graduates should wear dark shoes with dark trousers or a skirt no longer than their gown.
  • Don't wear bright colors on top that will detract from your hood.
  • The 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.
  • 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.
  • Bring bobby pins to secure the mortarboard and safety pins to attach the hood firmly. Members of the Alumni Office will be there to assist you.
  • The tassel is worn on the right before you graduate and turned to the left during the ceremony.
  • Color of velvet hood stripe by degree
    • BA - white
    • BFA - brown
    • BM - pink
    • BS - goldenrod
    • BSBA - drab
    • BSN - apricot.

We are pleased to announce that Longwood uses the GreenWeaver line of regalia -- graduation caps and gowns made of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.