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 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)
As you approach William & Mary Hall (from the Walk Across Campus) you wil be guided to the Student Recreation Center to wait until we are ready to form the undergraduate procession. This is approximately one hour before the Academic Procession. You will then be guided by the faculty marshals, staff and signs to the proper location once inside the Hall. Your family must use the main entrances unless they need to access the special low-level seating areas.
Caps, gowns and hoods should be worn for the main ceremony. The tassel is worn on the right side of the mortar board until the degree is awarded. Mortar boards may not have objects or inappropriate messages attached.