Commencement Information for May 2013

Commencement Day: Chesapeake Room Ceremony
  • The Economics Department Ceremony will take place in the Chesapeake Room of the Sadler Center at approximately 2:30 pm on Sunday May 12th. As soon as the main ceremony at William and Mary Hall ends (approx. 1:30 pm), families should make their way over to the Sadler Center so that we can begin on time.
  • Light refreshments of cookies, water and iced tea will be served, so families are free to help themselves. The Economics Department is lucky enough to have their event held inside in an air conditioned room, away from the heat and strong Virginian sun.
  • Graduates will be in designated seating. Please feel free to pause and turn for family photographs as you receive your diploma. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the audience is requested to remain in place until the Recessional is completed. Faculty will lead the Recessional followed by graduates, families and guests.
  • While no tickets are required, please keep in mind that seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Handicapped space is limited, so please be respectful of older guests who may need to sit down.
  • View a map of campus (PDF) showing the sites of the main Commencement Ceremony (William and Mary Hall, 153), as well as the Economics Department Ceremony (The Chesapeake Room is located in the Sadler Center, 119).
  • Diploma Pickup - diplomas may be picked up immediately following Commencement on Sunday, May 12th. Please note: if you do not pick up your diploma on Sunday, they will be at the Registrar's office on Monday.
Other Weekend Activities

Besides getting to see your son or daughter graduate, we realize a lot of families like to take this opportunity to visit and tour the Williamsburg area. For those families with younger children especially, there are a lot of fun attractions that Williamsburg has to offer:

  • Just a little over 5 miles from campus is Busch Gardens, a well known and highly popular amusement park with dozens of thrilling rides and attractions, entertaining shows, a wide variety of authentic foods and shops, and an all-new children's area.
  • Right across the street from our campus is the beautiful and historic Colonial Williamsburg. From 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg was the political and cultural center of Britain's largest New World colony. It's perfect for leisurely strolls and site seeing, or for those more interesting in learning about the history, there are tours given at all hours of the day. During nighttime, Colonial Williamsburg is extremely popular for their captivating ghost tours.