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Class of 2022 Commencement Weekend & Event Traditions

Weather Updates
Due to excessive heat in the forecast, the Graduate & Professional School Ceremony has been moved to its weather location in Kaplan Arena. Any additional changes to event locations will be noted on the schedule below, in the online calendar, and in the W&M Grad area of W&M Mobile.

The Class of 2022 Commencement schedule is also available in the following formats:


Friday, April 29, 2022
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. — Grad Student Bell Ringing

Location: Wren Building

Friday, May 6, 2022
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. — Last Day of Class Bell Ringing

Location: Wren Building

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. — Senior Class Dance

Location: Sunken Garden Tent
Weather Location: Sadler Center, Chesapeake

Thursday, May 19, 2022
4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. — Phi Beta Kappa Initiation

Location: Wren Building, Chapel

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. — Neuroscience Grad Reception

Location: Integrated Science Center, 1221

5:00 p.m. — Phi Beta Kappa Reception

Location: Sunken Garden Tent
Weather Location: Sadler Center, Tidewater

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. — ROTC Commissioning Ceremony and Reception

Location: Sadler Center, Commonwealth Auditorium & Lobby

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. — Khatalampay: Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern Ceremony and Reception

Location: Sadler Center, Chesapeake Rooms

8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. — Spiritual Celebration for the Graduates

Location: Sunken Garden Tent
Weather Location: Unity Hall

9:30 p.m. — Candlelight Ceremony

Location: Wren Building, Yard (CW Side)
Weather Location: Sunken Garden Tent

Friday, May 20, 2022
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. — Lavender Graduation Ceremony

Location: Sunken Garden Tent
Weather Location: Unity Hall

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. — Ceremonia Raíces: LatinX Graduation Ceremony

Location: Sadler Center, Commonwealth Auditorium

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. — Hulon Willis Alumni Association & Lemon Project Donning of the Kente Ceremony

Location: Sunken Garden Tent
Weather Location: Unity Hall

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. — Integrative Conservation

Location: Institute for Integrative Conservation (221 N. Boundary St.)

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. — Undergraduate Ceremony (Bachelor's Degrees)

Location: Zable Stadium
Weather Location: Kaplan Arena

  • 5:30 p.m. — Gates to Zable Stadium open for guests (tickets required)
  • 6:15 p.m. — Senior Walk Across Campus (Wren Building)
  • 6:45 p.m. — Candidates for degrees line-up (Sadler Terrace)
  • 6:50 p.m. — All guests are asked to be seated
  • 7:00 p.m. — Academic procession begins (degree candidates, faculty, and official party enter)
  • Approx. 9:00 p.m. — Ceremony ends
Saturday, May 21, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  — Graduate & Professional School Ceremony (Masters, Doctoral, Law)

Location: Kaplan Arena (ceremony moved inside due to excessive heat forecast)

  • 7:30 a.m. — Gates to Kaplan Arena open (tickets required)
  • 8:00 a.m. — Graduate student Walk Across Campus (Wren Building)
  • 8:15 a.m. — Candidates for degrees line-up (back of Kaplan Arena)
  • 8:50 a.m. — All guests are asked to be seated
  • 9:00 a.m. — Academic procession begins (degree candidates, faculty, and official party enter)
  • Approx. 11:30 a.m. — Ceremony ends
School and Departmental Ceremonies & Receptions (no tickets required)


9:30 a.m.

 11:30 a.m.

12:00 p.m. (Graduate & Professional School Receptions)

1:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

7:30 p.m.