Commencement at MBU


MBU’s 176th Commencement Ceremony
10 a.m., Sunday, May 20, 2018

Barbara Kares Page Terrace on the main campus in Staunton, Virginia
Commencement speaker: Dr. Lynn Pasquerella, President of the Association of American Colleges and Universities

Important Info and Updates for Graduates and Guests

  • The complete 2018 Commencement Weekend schedule is available online. The event registration deadline of May 1, 2018, has passed. If you have any questions, call Student Life at 540-887-7221.
  • No registration is necessary for Sunday morning Commencement Breakfast at University Café, available between 6:30-9 a.m.
  • Special needs seating passes, for those who reserved them, need to be picked up at Page Terrace by 9 a.m. Sunday.
  • No actual ticket is needed to attend Commencement.
  • Graduates need to arrive at Hunt Dining Hall by 9:00 a.m. to line up. Undergrads in Hunt West, graduate students in Hunt East.
  • For live streaming of both Saturday’s Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences Hooding Ceremony and Sunday’s Commencement at Mary Baldwin University, go to On Sunday, guests may also watch the Commencement Ceremony live stream in Francis Auditorium.
  • Rain location: JMU Convocation Center, 895 University Blvd, Harrisonburg, VA (10:30 a.m. ceremony; graduates need to arrive by 9:30 a.m. to line up). Visit the Rain Plan page for details.
  • How you’ll know the rain plan is in effect: early Sunday morning, there will be a notice posted on the home page; all BAM subscribers will receive a text alert; graduates, faculty, and staff will receive email notification; and local media outlets WHSV and WVIR will be notified.