Virtual Commencement

In October, the sound of the Wren Bell will fill the air, graduates will take their final Walk Across Campus and we will all come together at last to celebrate the Class of 2020 at their traditional Commencement ceremony. Until that day, we can still celebrate the achievements of our grads from afar.

Main Ceremony: Saturday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m.

President Rowe, Chancellor Gates, Provost Agouris, and the Deans presided over the 2020 Virtual Commencement ceremony for all graduates – undergraduate, graduate and professional. Afterwards, school and department ceremonies continue the celebration. We also invite you to browse the social wall below to see photos, videos and best wishes from (and for) our graduates.

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Order of Exercises
Opening Video

National Anthem – Destiny Cates ’20

Welcome – President Katherine A. Rowe 

Greetings – Chancellor Robert M. Gates ’65, L.H.D. ’98

Recognition of Awards – President Rowe
  • The Lord Botetourt Medal
  • The James Frederic Carr Memorial Cup
  • The Thatcher Prize
  • The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards
  • The Thomas A. Graves Jr. Awards
  • The Charles and Virginia Duke Award
Conferral of Degrees – President Rowe and Provost Peggy Agouris
  • Katharine Conley, Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences
  • John T. Wells, Dean of the School of Marine Science
  • Spencer G. Niles, Dean of the School of Education
  • Davison M. Douglas, Dean of the Law School
  • Lawrence B. Pulley ’74, Dean of the Raymond A. Mason School of Business
  • Erin S. Schwartz M.A. ’15, Ph.D. ’22, Graduate Council President
  • Cody D. Mills ’20, Senior Class President
Closing Remarks – President Rowe

Our Alma Mater

Closing – President Rowe
School & Department Ceremonies

Recognizing that celebrating with faculty is so important to students, graduates and their families were invited to virtual departmental gatherings after the main ceremony.

Find School & Department Gatherings

Share Your Favorite Photos with #wmGrad

Graduates, help us celebrate you! We invite you to share your favorite photos from your time at William & Mary using the #wmGrad hashtag. We'll post the photos on the social wall below, for all to enjoy. Photos that were submitted by May 6 may also appear in a special feature during the main virtual ceremony. Learn more about sharing photos.

More Ways to Celebrate #wmGrad
  • Explore the W&M GIPHY channel for all the GIFs and stickers designed for our grads.
  • Download the Wren Bell ring tone
  • Add W&M-themed stickers to your Stories — search your favorite apps for new #wmGrad or #williamandmary stickers.
  • Download the W&M Mobile app to find the full W&M sticker pack for iOS in your Messages and FaceTime apps.


Your #wmGrad Photos, Videos & Well Wishes
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