Degree Celebrations

This winter you are invited to take part in one of our two degree celebrations, where you will be recognized by name and photographed on stage.

  • Bachelors and Masters graduates are individually recognized and photographed on stage.
  • Celebrations include select speakers and performances.
  • Caps and gowns are worn.

Plan to arrive one hour before the start of your ceremony.  Follow signs to the graduates' lineup area. If weather permits, graduates will walk in a procession into the arena at the beginning of the ceremony. 

Main doors open for guests one hour prior to the ceremony. 

Graduates are encouraged to attend both the official university commencement ceremony and their degree celebration ceremony. 

Time Event
1:30 pm Degree Celebration for CHSS, COS, SCHAR, CARTER, CVPA, CEHD
5:30 pm Degree Celebration for CEC, BUS, CPH

Accessible Parking and Seating

For accessible parking and drop-off, please use the Roanoke River Road or Nottoway River Lane entrances off Braddock road to access Lot A. ADA parking is located in Lot A.

Seating in all sections of EagleBank Arena, Rows E, F, and G, are marked reserved for special needs. These rows are on the concourse level and are easy access seating without requiring the use of stairs. Ushers are stationed at each portal to assist with seating. Guests requiring special assistance may be seated with one other guest from their party in these easy-access rows. No advanced notice is necessary to use this seating option and, again, these seats are not ticketed or individually reservable.

  • Wheelchair accessible seating is available in the four corner portals 4, 8, 13, and 17.
  • Ushers are stationed at each portal to help with seating.

All graduation candidates should enter the EagleBank Arena through the lower level loading dock entrance. Doors will open one hour prior to each ceremony. Faculty marshals will be on hand to guide graduates to their major field of study seating area.