Masters Candidates

Senior Class Candlelight Ceremony (Friday)

The Candlelight Ceremony provides a time for celebration and reflection. Families are welcome to attend. In the event of light-to-moderate rain, the ceremony will go on as planned in the Wren Yard. In the event of severe weather (downpour, high winds, and/or thunder/lightning), the ceremony will be cancelled. Caps and gowns (but not hoods) should be worn to the Candlelight Ceremony. The tassel should be worn on the right side of the mortar board.

Walk Across Campus (Saturday)

Degree candidates who wish to participate should gather in front of the Wren Building at 8:45 a.m. for a final walk together across campus. Class Officers will introduce the three Honorary Marshals who will lead the procession from the Wren Building to William & Mary Hall. Caps, gowns, and hoods should be worn for the Walk Across Campus. The tassel should be worn on the right side of the mortar board. Mortar boards may not have objects or inappropriate messages attached.

Main Commencement Ceremony (Saturday)

Masters Degree candidates should arrive at W&M Hall no later than 9:20 a.m. and enter through the outside doors that open directly into the Wightman Cup Room.

Staff members and signs in the Wightman Cup Room will help to organize candidates into the proper order for the academic procession. At the appointed time in the ceremony, the candidates for each masters degree will be asked to rise and the degree will be conferred on each group.


Diplomas for some degrees will be distributed at the departmental ceremonies following the main ceremony. Other students will receive their diplomas by mail. Ask your school/department for details about how you will receive your diploma.