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Class of 2022

May 19-22, 2022

We look forwarding to celebrating Commencement with the Class of 2022 in May!

The undergraduate ceremony (bachelor's degrees) will take place on Friday, May 20 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Zable Stadium.

The graduate school ceremony (masters and doctoral degrees) will take place on Saturday, May 21 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in Zable Stadium. 

Departments and graduate schools will then have their own smaller ceremonies or receptions at various times throughout the day on Saturday, with some potentially celebrating on Sunday. Unless otherwise noted, students will receive their diplomas from their major's department.

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Registration & Tickets

Class of 2022 graduates will have an opportunity to request tickets during the Commencement registration period (February 1 - March 31). Each graduate may initially request up to 6 guest tickets for the ceremony in Zable stadium. 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 mid-April if you are able to receive additional tickets.

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors to Kaplan Arena. Due to limited seating capacity inside Kaplan, graduates will receive fewer guest tickets if we need to move the ceremony inside (exact # TBD in April, after registration has closed). 

Tickets are electronic and will be emailed to graduates in mid-May. 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 Ceremonies
  • Undergraduates (bachelor's degrees) - Friday, May 20 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
    • Keynote speaker, student speaker, honorary degree recipients, awards, degree conferral
    • Degrees conferred in groups, by major
    • Students do not cross the stage at the undergraduate main ceremony
    • Each undergraduate will be recognized individually at their departmental ceremony on Saturday, at which time they will have their name read aloud and receive their diploma
  • Graduate students (masters and doctoral degrees) - Saturday, May 21 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
    • Keynote speaker, student speaker, honorary degree recipients, awards, degree conferral
    • Degrees conferred in groups, by school
    • Each graduate student will cross the stage and have their name read aloud
    • Each graduate school will have either a ceremony or reception on Saturday
    • Each graduate school will notify grads as to how they will receive their diplomas
  • See the weekend schedule of events for details.
Graduation Event Traditions
  • Senior Class Dance: Wednesday, May 18 (9:00 p.m. - midnight)
  • Candlelight Ceremony: Thursday, May 19 (9:30 p.m.) - Wren Yard
  • Walk Across Campus (preceding each ceremony):
    • Friday, May 20 @ 6:00 p.m. (undergradate students)
    • Saturday, May 21 @ 8:30 a.m. (graduate students)
  • See the weekend schedule of events for details.
Department and School Ceremonies and/or Receptions 

Each department will host their own smaller ceremony and/or reception on Saturday (and potentially Sunday). Students will receive their diplomas and students and guests will have an opportunity to meet and connect with faculty. Some departments will send specific instructions to graduates about their plans.

Livestreams

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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