Information for Families & Visitors

For information on the Commencement Ceremony, departmental ceremonies, tickets, etc. see General Information. We encourage families of graduating students to attend and participate in Commencement weekend traditions and look forward to celebrating with you!

Communication

Families may sign-up to receive regular email updates leading up to Commencement Weekend. We will use that information to also keep you updated on any changes or inclement weather during Commencement weekend. 

Questions?  Who do I contact?
Graduation/Academic Requirements

Office of the University Registrar
757-221-2800
[[wendy.urbano, Wendy Urbano]]

Commencement General Information
Office of Student Affairs

757-221-1236
[[commencement, Commencement Planning Team]]

Regalia and General Graduation Merchandise

W&M Bookstore
(757) 221-1651

Other Viewing Options

Live streaming of the main ceremony is available for those who are unable to obtain tickets at the following locations and online:

  • Sadler Center, Commonwealth Auditorium (8:00 a.m. - end of ceremony)
  • Mason School of Business, Brinkley Commons (8:00 a.m. – end of ceremony)
  • Online at www.wm.edu/watchcommencement
Attire

We encourage you to dress comfortably for the weekend, taking weather conditions into account. There are no formal expectations for what guests should wear during the weekend.  Most guests tend to dress up more for the Baccalaureate Service and the main ceremony (what might be worn to a religious service, for example).

Since the Commencement Ceremony is held in Zable Football Stadium please prepare for full sun.  Dressing in layers is a good idea as it may be cool upon entering and then warm up significantly as the sun rises. Sunglasses, hats and sunscreen are highly-recommended.  If the weather call is made for the main ceremony to move inside to Kaplan Arena, please be aware the air-conditioning can make the arena quite cool. 

Seating may require climbing stairs to quite high levels. We recommend wearing comfortable, stable shoes.

Lodging

Williamsburg offers a wide range of lodging accommodations for visitors to William & Mary, but we recommend you plan early. Commencement Weekend takes place during one of the area’s busiest tourist seasons, and we urge families to make and confirm their reservations well ahead of time.

Special Accommodation Rates

Colonial Williamsburg

Located adjacent to campus, Colonial Williamsburg lets you experience 18th-century life at America's largest outdoor history museum. Whether you're a history buff or just looking for a little something different, this is a great way to experience the historic side of town — find accommodations, access to the historic area and museums, and more.

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Visit Williamsburg

Search for hotels, packages and activities in and around Williamsburg with Visit Williamsburg. Once your visit to campus is complete, we hope you can take the time to explore the surrounding area — we boast some of the top museums and amusements in the nation (if not the world).

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Inclement Weather

If a Commencement weekend event might be affected by inclement weather, a rain plan location (or a notice of cancellation) will be listed in the weekend schedule. Should we be required to implement any of our rain plans for the weekend, an announcement to that effect will be announced via email, text, Facebook and Twitter, on the website, as Real-Time Event Updates under W&M Grad (available April 2020) in the W&M Mobile app, and on the Special Events Information Line: 757-221-3868. Information will be updated as necessary throughout the weekend.

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Dining

Concessions - will be available for purchase at the main ceremony.

Saturday Brunch - W&M Catering & Dining Services is pleased to offer brunch reservation options for families and guests on Commencement Saturday! 

Brunch will be offered in the Sadler Center Dining Hall immediately following the main ceremony on Saturday, May 11, 2019. We have six seating times scheduled - 11am, 11:30am, 12pm, 12:30pm, 1pm, and 1:30pm. You will be prompted to select your seating time before you complete your order. Please place your order before 8am on May 8th, 2019. No orders will be accepted after that date.

A cancellation fee of $5.00 will apply for any full or partial order cancellations prior to 8 a.m. on May 8, 2019. No refunds will be offered after May 8, 2019 at 8am and full payment will be due. As a reminder, no sales or refunds will be given on-site and no refunds are available for "no show" reservations.

2019 Commencement Brunch Menu
  • Mixed Greens Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette
  • Made to Order Caesar Salad Bar 
  • Made to Order Omelet Station
  • Artisanal Eggs Benedict w/ Applewood Smoked Bacon, Spinach w/ Hollandaise on English Muffin
  • Baked Apples with Maple, Granola, and Raisin Crumble
  • Strawberries with Vanilla Scented Cream on Brioche French Toast
  • Crispy Fingerling Potatoes
  • Creamy Parmesan Grits with Smoked Salmon
  • Lemon Butter Green Beans
  • Carved Green Apple Mustard Glazed Baked Ham
  • Carved Garlic and Herb Butter Roasted Turkey Breast

Adult lunches are available at $20 per person
Children's lunches (ages 9 and under) are $10 per child.
Prices are all inclusive.

MAKE YOUR RESERVATION

Please direct any questions regarding Commencement Brunch to [[wmconf]] or call 1-800-249-0179 Monday-Friday 9am-4pm.

Off-campus - The Williamsburg area offers a wide variety of dining options, ranging from local restaurants to national chains. Here are some resources to help you decide where you may want to plan your weekend dining:

Graduation Announcements

Generic W&M graduation announcements may be purchased at the Bookstore beginning March 19th.

Personalized William & Mary graduation announcements imprinted with an individual's name and degree may be purchased online at the Jostens website. Basic packages start at $95.98. If you have any questions about announcements, please contact the Bookstore at 757-221-1669 or Jostens at 800-854-7464.

Flowers for your Grad

Fresh flowers will be available for purchase at the William & Mary Commencement Ceremony. You may browse available products to pre-purchase and reserve your flowers ahead of time. 

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