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 17, 2022
Sadler Center, Chesapeake (tickets required)
Welcome and Congratulations
Senior Class President
Congratulations from the Graduate Council
Graduate Council President
Katherine A. Rowe
Greetings from a Recent Alumna
Recognition of Degree Candidates
Virginia M. Ambler ’88, Ph.D. ’06
The William & Mary Alumni Association
Alumni Induction Creed
As a graduate of William & Mary
With pride, I will support and cherish
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.
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.
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 contact Student Affairs or call 757-221-1236