Friday, May 17, 2024 | Joan Brock Perry Center | 4:30 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.


All degree candidates must wear appropriate attire for the Commencement 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.

Three graduates smile for the camera. All three are wearing academic regalia, cords, two are wearing student athlete sashes , and one is wearing a sash for Venezuela.


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 2023 undergraduate ceremony. Guest seating is first-come, first-served, with no limit on the number of guests students may invite to the ceremonies.

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 Willett Hall, 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.

2023 Commencement Parking Map (pdf)

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.