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Class of 2022 Commencement Weekend & Event Traditions

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: Zable Stadium
Weather Location: Kaplan Arena

  • 7:30 a.m. — Gates to Zable Stadium open (tickets required)
  • 8:15 a.m. — Graduate student Walk Across Campus (Wren Building)
  • 8:45 a.m. — Candidates for degrees line-up (Sadler Terrace)
  • 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.