2021 Undergraduate Ceremony

Wheeler Lawn
Saturday, May 15
9:30 a.m.

2021 Graduate Ceremony
Masters Candidates

Stubbs Lawn
Friday, May 14
5:30 p.m.

4-19-21 Update

We’re pleased to share the announcement of our Commencement speakers. Ray Suarez, a distinguished broadcast journalist and author who formerly was a frequent anchor on PBS Newshour, will serve as speaker for our undergraduate ceremony. Anne Holton, a professor of education policy at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government and the College of Education and Human Development, and a senior fellow at EdPolicyForward, will serve as speaker for our graduate ceremony. She previously served as George Mason’s Interim President and as Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

In order to adhere to the mandated restrictions set forth by the state and not exceed our capacity, we can accommodate the full class only by limiting each graduate to two guests. For those who cannot attend in person, the ceremonies will be live-streamed (go.longwood.edu/live).

The ceremonies will be set with family pods of three chairs in each pod; graduates will be seated with their two family members in each pod. Every family pod will be positioned to meet the 10’ physical distancing required by the state and we ask that no chairs be moved. All attendees must wear face coverings and maintain physical distancing guidelines.

Before the ceremony, graduates and their two registered guests will need to report to the registration tables to pick up their announcement card and guest tickets. Undergraduates should report to the registration tables on Brock Commons at their scheduled check-in time on May 15, and graduate students should report to the registration tables on Lankford Mall (next to Stubbs Mall) between 4:30 and 5:00 p.m. on May 14.

  • After receiving your announcement card, you will be directed to your spot in the processional lineup. Graduates, you will join your family pod as you process onto the lawn. Undergraduates, keep your card as it will be used for lineup and announcement of your name as you cross the stage. Graduates, you will be hooded at your seat by family members (if you believe your name is hard to pronounce, please contact Carolyn Higgins at 434-395-4709. Please leave a voicemail message with your name, your graduate program, and your phone number.)

  • After receiving tickets, your guests will be ushered to a designated family pod. Seating is assigned by ticket number, so guests do not need to worry about saving a seat. Ceremonies will be at maximum capacity with graduates and registered guests; tickets are required for access; and, no extra seats or standing area will be available.

  • If you have signed up, but do not plan to participate, please notify us immediately at commencement@longwood.edu.

If you have questions concerning access, or if you wish to request disability-related accommodations, please contact the Office of Disability Resources at disabilityresources@longwood.edu or call 434-395-2391. Handicap parking will be available and reservations are not required.

Congratulations, and please email commencement@longwood.edu if you have any questions.