Graduation Information

2009 IR Graduate Adeela Tajdar celebrating with her dad
IR/GS Commencement News   

Contact: Monika Van Tassel, 757 221 3082 or

•             IR/GS Commencement

Saturday, May 16th, 2015, 1:30 PM, Phi Beta Kappa Hall. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the beginning of the ceremony. Wear your gowns, hoods, honors cords, pins, mortar boards etc.! No tickets required. Bring as many family members and friends as you wish. A reception will follow.

If your only major is IR or GS, you should attend the department ceremony on Saturday and pick up your diploma at the Blue Room/Wren Building on Sunday between 8:30 – 9:30AM (please use entrance from the Colonial Williamsburg's Merchants Square side)

If you are a double major (IR and Econ, for example) you CAN participate in both IR/GS ceremony on Saturday, May 16th and also in your major`s ceremony on Sunday, May 17th (note that you are NOT allowed to attend other departments ceremonies on Sunday unless you are a double major!).

If you are graduating in August 2015 or graduated last January you are also invited to participate.


1.         If you are graduating and want to participate in our commencement please contact Monika Van Tassel at in the IR/GS office. Please write down your name exactly as you want it to be called by the professor.

2.         If you are graduating but do not plan to process in the IR/GS Commencement on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Phi Beta Kappa Hall also please EMAIL Monika.

3.         If your name has an unusual pronunciation, please email the phonetic pronunciation to Monika.  When your name is announced at Commencement, we would like to pronounce it correctly.

4.         Seniors, please try to be at PBK by 1:00 pm on Saturday afternoon.

•          Reception

 We look forward to seeing you, your family and friends at the Commencement and the reception which immediately follows.

 •          Diploma pick up

 Please plan to pick up your diploma in the Blue Room of Wren Building, on Sunday, May 17th between 8:30 and 9:30 AM; If you do not pick up your diploma at the Blue Room, they will be sent to the Registrar's Office.

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