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Winter Graduates

December 16, 2023

The Senior Class and the Graduate Council sponsor a recognition ceremony, honoring graduate and undergraduate students completing their degrees in January. This is not a graduation ceremony, so no regalia is worn.

Degree candidates will receive an email invitation from University Events before Thanksgiving. Students and their families are encouraged to discuss the event so students may RSVP and request tickets on their family's behalf.

Winter Degree Recognition Ceremony

December 16, 2023
10:00 a.m.
Sadler Center, Chesapeake (tickets required)


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Ceremony Program
Welcome and Congratulations

Senior Class President

Congratulations from the Graduate Council

Graduate Council President

President’s Remarks

Katherine A. Rowe

Greetings from a Recent Alumna

Recognition of Degree Candidates

Virginia M. Ambler ’88, Ph.D. ’06
Vice President for Student Affairs

Alumni Induction

The William & Mary Alumni Association

Alumni Induction Creed

As a graduate of William & Mary
and as a new member of the
William & Mary Alumni Association,
I pledge to uphold the university's values of
Belonging, Curiosity, Excellence,
Flourishing, Integrity, Respect, and Service.

With pride, I will support and cherish
the ideals of William & Mary,
encouraging others to do so as well,
no matter how far from Williamsburg life takes me.

About the Ceremony

This is a ceremony to recognize winter graduates before departing William & Mary, but it is not a graduation ceremony.  Winter graduates are invited to attend the formal graduation ceremony in May. The ceremony lasts about 45 minutes and includes remarks from the Graduate Council President, Senior Class President, a recent alum and the President of the university. It also includes an alumni pinning ceremony. Each winter winter degree candidate is recognized by name, at which point the degree candidate crosses a small stage to receive a "stage diploma" (actual diplomas are mailed out in January).

What to Wear

Business attire is appropriate for graduates and guests.  This is not a formal ceremony. Graduates do not wear academic regalia (caps and gowns) at this event.

Inviting Guests

To ensure seating, guest tickets are required. At this time, each winter graduate is limited to a maximum of two (2) guests to this event. The number is based on the anticipated number of winter graduates and the space limitation of the room. 

Bag Policy

We are implementing a clear-bag protocol for this event that regulates the size and type of bag that may be brought into the ceremony venue

Bags that are approved include:

  • Clear tote bags made of plastic, vinyl or PVC that do not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12″
  • One-gallon clear plastic zip-style bags
  • Small purses or clutch bags that do not exceed 6.5″ x 4.5"
  • Medical or diaper bags – diaper bags must be accompanied by a child

Bags that are not permitted include:

  • Backpacks 
  • Printed or tinted plastic bags
  • Cinch or drawstring bags
  • Fanny packs
  • Camera or binocular cases
  • Large purses or bags

 We will have a secure location near the ceremony venue for storing bags that are not allowed inside.

Official Degree Conferral

The "degree conferral" date listed in the Academic Calendar is the date when a student's official academic record will indicate that the degree has been earned. There are no formal Commencement exercises mid-year, which is why we host the Winter Graduates Reception in December and why we encourage those completing degrees mid-year to return for their formal Commencement celebration the following May.


Please email Commencement or call 757-221-1338