Commencement Weekend 2018 Schedule

Please direct questions to Mary Barker, Office of Student Life, 540-887-7221.

Friday, May 18, 2018

4–5 p.m. Deck Out Ham and Jam/Class Photo

Seniors gather to deck out Ham and Jam in 2018 class colors, scarlet and gold. Class photo taken at 4:45 p.m.

Front porch of the Administration Building

5 p.m. Ring in Commencement Weekend

Join us as President Fox signals the opening of the weekend by ringing the bronze bell, a gift from the Class of 2015.

Front Lawn area of Administration Building

6-6:30 p.m. VWIL Awards Ceremony

Congratulate the cadets of the VWIL Class of 2018 as they receive their VWIL alumna silver medallion and Advanced Leadership Certificates.

James D. Francis Auditorium

7 p.m. Lavender Graduation Ceremony/Reception

Honor and acknowledge the contributions of gender and sexual minority students and their supporters.

Flora McElwee Miller Chapel/Spencer Center Patio

Saturday, May 19, 2018

8:30-11 a.m. Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences White Coat Ceremony

Master of Science in Physician Assistant candidates receive their long white coats.

By invitation only. Limited seating.

Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, Fishersville VA

9 a.m.-1p.m. Welcome and Information

Find helpful information, including an updated weekend schedule and campus maps.

Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall Foyer

9:00 a.m. Commissioning Ceremony

Witness graduates receiving their commissions into the U.S. Armed Forces.

Barbara Kares Page Terrace

Rain location: James D. Francis Auditorium

10:30 a.m. Baccalaureate Ceremony

Senior undergraduates and their families are invited to a traditional service that provides for a moment of reflection during the festivities of Commencement Weekend. Graduate students and families are welcome to be part of the audience.

First Presbyterian Church, 100 E. Frederick Street

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Champagne Brunch for Graduates and Families

Enjoy great food and offer best wishes to graduates.

Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall

Graduates and children 12 and under free; $15/person for all other guests.

12:30-2 p.m. Ajani Ceremony

Celebrate students who have made a noted contribution to the Office of Inclusive Excellence and have been actively engaged in enhancing our multicultural community.

Rose Terrace Lawn

Rain location: Student Activities Center

Group picture will be taken at 12 noon.

12:30-1:00 p.m. College of Business and Professional Studies MBA Hooding Ceremony

All MBA students, graduates, and families are invited to witness the hooding of MBA degree candidates.

By invitation only.

Miller Chapel

2-4 p.m. Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences Hooding and Pinning Ceremony

Doctoral candidates in Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy, Master of Science in Physician Assistant candidates, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing candidates are recognized for their accomplishments.

By invitation only. Limited seating.

Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, Fishersville VA

2 p.m. Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society Induction  

Recognize high-achieving online and adult students.

Please note: RN-to-BSN graduates will receive their recognition at the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences Hooding and BSN Pinning Ceremony.

James D. Francis Auditorium

2:30 p.m. Change of Command Review

Salute the achievements of Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership graduates as they pass their sabres to next year’s seniors.

Parade Ground at the Physical Activities Center

Rain location: Physical Activities Center

3-4:30 p.m. PEG and Early College Reception

Honor some of MBU’s youngest graduates who entered through the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted or Early College.

Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall West

5 p.m. Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society Initiation and Reception

Help us honor those tapped for membership in this most prestigious of academic honor societies.

Miller Chapel

5:30-6:30 p.m. Shakespeare and Performance MFA Hooding Ceremony

All S&P students, graduates, and families are invited to witness the hooding of MFA degree candidates on the magical Blackfriars stage.

By invitation only.

Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 S. Market St.

5:30-7:30 p.m. Class of 2018 President’s Thank-You Reception and Dinner

Catch up and chat with classmates and family over a casual dinner while listening to live music.

Cannon Hill, President’s House

Rain location: Student Activities Center

7:30-9 p.m. College of Education Wine and Cheese Reception

MAT and MEd graduates, PBTL completers, and undergraduates (completing licensure or BA/MAT) and their families are invited to mingle and congratulate those receiving special College of Education awards.

By invitation only.

Cynthia Haldenby Tyson Terrace

Rain Location: University Café  

8 p.m. Family Gathering at the Fire Pit

Enjoy time with classmates, family, faculty, and friends at the Fire Pit, a gift from the Class of 2013.

Fire Pit at Pannill Student Center Lawn

Rain cancels event.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

6:30-8:30 a.m. Commencement Breakfast

University Café and Tyson Terrace

Graduates and children 12 and under free; $6/person for all other guests.

10 a.m. 176th Commencement Ceremony

The signature event of Commencement Weekend, graduates in all programs at the university will be recognized for their accomplishments, and award winners will be announced.

Barbara Kares Page Terrace in front of Martha S. Grafton Library

(Please be seated by 9:45 a.m.)

Rain Location: 10:30 a.m., James Madison University Convocation Center, Harrisonburg VA

Immediately Following Commencement Ceremony

Post-Commencement Reception

Before you leave campus, gather with friends and family who proudly watched you graduate for one last goodbye.

Front Lawn of Administration Building

Event canceled if Commencement ceremony is held at the rain location.

Diploma Pick-Up

Official Mary Baldwin University diplomas will be available to pick up until 1:30 p.m.

Administration Building

Bailey Parlor: undergraduate diplomas

Media Room: graduate diplomas

Shakespeare and Performance Graduate Award Luncheon

By invitation only.

Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall West

Event held rain or shine.

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