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Class of 2020

October 7-10, 2021

Mark your calendars because the Class of 2020 will gather for a full, in-person Commencement experience over Homecoming & Reunion Weekend, October 7-10, 2021.

In response to the thoughtful feedback your class provided, we are delighted to be planning a robust weekend of celebration for your class this fall. Working closely with the William & Mary Alumni Association, the weekend will feature the signature Commencement traditions your class most wants to experience in person. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy other festivities during the weekend — for the Class of 2020 it will be a Homecoming like no other!

As always, the health and well-being of our entire community is our top priority. We will continue to follow the guidance from the commonwealth for in-person gatherings to ensure that everyone can gather together safely.

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Registration & Tickets

Class of 2020 graduates will have an opportunity to request tickets during the Commencement registration period (July 1- July 31). Each graduate may initially request up to 4 guest tickets through the registration form. Graduates will also be able to indicate if they would like to request any additional tickets that may be available after registration has ended. We will notify you in early August if you are able to receive additional tickets.

Tickets are electronic and will be emailed to graduates in early October. You may then forward the tickets to your guests to display on their phone, or they may print out their tickets to be scanned. If using a phone, they should have the tickets open and ready for scanning when they reach the entry gate. Each ticket scans only once, so electronic tickets may not be duplicated. 

Main Ceremony
Graduation Event Traditions
  • Bell Ringing: October 7-9, 2021
  • Candlelight Ceremony: October 8, 2021
  • Class of 2020 Undergraduate Dance/Social: October 8, 2021
  • Walks Across Campus: October 10, 2021 (preceding each ceremony)
  • See the weekend schedule of events for details.
Homecoming Events

You will have the opportunity to enjoy Homecoming festivities over the weekend. A full schedule of weekend events is forthcoming.

Department Reunions

We are encouraging departments to host a reunion gathering during Homecoming Weekend to give you a chance to re-connect with faculty. Information about the timing of departmental reunions will be posted here as it becomes available.


We will offer live audio and video streaming of the Commencement ceremonies on October 10, 2021. The broadcasts will be available here on the website and on the W&M Facebook page

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Commencement General Information:

Academic Regalia and Merchandise Questions:
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