Commencement Ceremonies

Virginia Wesleyan College's annual Commencement ceremonies are held at the end of spring semester. These ceremonies bring together the College community to mark the achievement of degrees and for graduating students to be recognized and celebrated.

To participate in Commencement, students must submit an application for graduation via the Registrar (available on WebAdvisor). December graduates from the previous semester are eligible to participate in May Commencement.

Location/Seating: Commencement is held the Convocation Center inside the Jane P. Batten Student Center on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan College. Tickets may be required based on the size of the graduating class and expected guests.

FOR GRADUATING SENIORS: Visit the 2016 Commencement Information page for detailed instructions on academic deadlines, dress requirements, rehearsals, tickets, and more.

2016 Commencement Ceremonies


Friday, May 13, 2016
7:30 p.m.

A Baccalaureate service will take place at Heritage United Methodist Church (815 Baker Rd., Virginia Beach) with guest speaker Rev. F.H. "Hank" Teague, Pastor of Grace United Methodist Church. A pre-service concert will be held by the SOAR Worship Team and Gospel Choir at 7:10 p.m.

Virginia Wesleyan College 47th Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 14, 2016
11 a.m.
Commencement will be held in the Convocation Center inside the Jane P. Batten Student Center on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan. Doors to the Convocation Center open at 10 a.m.

2016 Commencement Speaker:
Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director of the U.S. Peace Corps More

NEW! 2016 Commencement Ticket Information
Due to safety specifications, tickets will be required for all adult guests planning to attend Virginia Wesleyan's 2016 Commencement Ceremony on May 14.  Up to seven Commencement tickets are available to each graduating senior.  More
Live Stream Information
Commencement will be streamed live at the link below and will also be simulcast in Boyd Dining Center for guests on campus during the actual ceremony.

Click here to live stream Commencement:

If the event page does not appear, click on the "Live Events" tab, find "Virginia Wesleyan 2016 Commencement," and select the TV icon to the right under "Watch/Listen/Stats."  A recording of Commencment will be stored for later viewing under the "On Demand" tab​. 
Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

Saturday, May 14, 2016
1 p.m.

The Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony will take place at Boyd Dining Center Plaza (patio area in front of the John Wesley statue). In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in Monumental Chapel.

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