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Frequently Asked Questions

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Is Commencement cancelled for the Class of 2020?

No, the Class of 2020 Commencement has been postponed. William & Mary is committed to bringing our Class of 2020 graduates and families back to campus for an in-person Commencement Weekend as soon as it is safe for us to do so. 

When will Class of 2020 Commencement take place?

In the coming weeks, we will be sending a survey to the Class of 2020 to determine preferred dates next March for an in-person Commencement Weekend. We want to know how many of you would plan to return to Williamsburg for the event. We will also ask about which activities you are most interested in seeing as part of your graduation/reunion gathering on campus. Among those traditions we will ask about are socials/dances, Wren Bell ringing, the Candlelight Ceremony and the Walk Across Campus.

Will you be combining the Class of 2020's ceremony with the Class of 2021's ceremony?

No, each class will have its own distinctive experience on different dates. 

What will Commencement for the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 in May 2021 look like?

We are striving to make the experience as similar as possible to a W&M Commencement. While the schedule is still a work in progress, our goal is for students to be able to participate in important graduation traditions, including ringing the Wren Bell, participating in the candlelight ceremony and walking across campus — and the Crim Dell bridge — on graduation weekend.

William & Mary graduation is a special time, and we will do our best to ensure our graduating students have an experience they will remember for a lifetime.

Find the latest information for the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021.

Will I need tickets for the main ceremony?

Yes. Graduating students will receive an email in late March with a ticket request form in order to invite a limited number of guests to their graduation ceremony.

Where can I ask additional questions?

Please contact [[commencement, The Commencement Planning Team]] and a member of our team will respond as soon as possible.