Important Information for Graduation

Click Here for information about August/December Conferral

Click Here to Apply for Spring 2023 Graduation

Spring 2023 Commencement

May 6, 10 a.m.
E. Stuart James Grant North Campus

Convocation and Athletic Center

Webcast of Graduation

The webcast will begin 15 minutes before graduation. There is also a news story on the website with specifics.


Family and friends planning to attend the graduation ceremony must have a ticket to enter the Grant Center. Each graduate will receive up to 12 tickets for the Spring 2023 ceremony. Students will pick up tickets at rehearsal. If you cannot attend rehearsal, you must contact Ashley Bowman ([email protected]) by April 21.


  • April 4 – Last day to Apply for graduation without a Late fee. $50 late fee will be applied if you apply after this deadline.
  • April 4 – All official transcripts and test scores from other institutions must be received in the Registrar’s Office.
  • April 12 – Cap and gown orders must be placed or will be assessed a $10 late fee. Click HERE to order your cap and gown
  • April 21 – All outstanding balances must be paid in order to graduate on May 6, 2023. Contact student accounts for assistance (434-791-7182).
  • April 21 – Last day to apply for graduation. All students must apply for graduation in order to officially graduate.

Rehearsal & Graduation Day

      • Rehearsal will be held inside the E. Stuart James Grant Center (GYM) at 2 p.m. Graduates will enter through the back entrance of the E. Stuart James Grant Center (GYM) where there will be a registration table in the lobby of the Carrington Academic Center.
      • Each graduate will be required to check in before lining up. Graduates will receive an email with a time-slot to arrive Thursday after/evening. Graduates should not arrive earlier or later than their assigned timeslot. All graduates will be checked in by 1:45 p.m. 
      • Graduation regalia is not required but you are welcome to it to make sure that you have the correct gown and hood. Please note that the associate degree students do not have a hood with their regalia. Graduate students (Master degree) are required to bring their hood to practice. The graduation staff will collect these for the hooding ceremony during commencement.
      • Students are required to attend rehearsal. Graduates receive their tickets for the guests at rehearsal. If you do not attend you will not be able to pick up your tickets. In the event that you cannot attend rehearsal due to extenuating circumstances please contact Ashley Bowman at [email protected] by April 25th.
    • May 6 – GRADUATION DAY
      • Ceremony will be held inside the E. Stuart James Grant Center (GYM) – Graduates will check in at the registration table.
      • Each graduate will be required to check in before lining up. Graduates will have assigned timeslots. Graduates should not arrive earlier or later than their assigned timeslots to get checked in. All Graduates will be checked-in by 9:15 a.m. The graduation ceremony will begin promptly at 10 a.m. If you find that you are unable to attend, please notify Ashley Bowman, Associate Registrar, immediately at [email protected].
      • DOORS WILL BE LOCKED AT 9:45 a.m. FOR PROCESSIONAL. At 9:45 a.m., the doors will be locked in order for the students to process through the lobby. The doors will be unlocked after the introduction and opening prayer. If your family is not in the building by 9:45 a.m., they will have to wait outside during this time.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When do I need to pay my graduation fee? The $125 graduation fee is due by April 4. All other account balances must be paid by April 21.
  • Will my official transcript have the degree conferral date on it? YES – Please visit to request your transcript to be sent out after you have officially had your degree conferred. Students finishing all degree requirements graduating at the end of the Spring 2023 semester with have a conferral date of May 6, 2023.
  • What if I do not plan to attend the 2023 Graduation ceremony? How will I receive my Diploma? Your Diploma will be mailed to the address listed on the graduation application.
  • Will there be a certain amount of tickets given out for our guest to attend the ceremony? Yes. Each graduate will be given a certain amount of tickets for their guests. The number of tickets will be determined once we have a final count of those attending. An email will be sent out with the amount of tickets each student will receive.
  • How do I order my Cap & Gown? Please click the link to order your regalia. For additional question please contact the Bookstore at 434-791-5640. Click here to order a Cap & Gown.
  • What if my diploma never arrives at my address? Contact Ashley Bowman at [email protected] and let her know you never received your diploma. Please be aware that with the large number of graduates, diplomas may take up to three to four weeks for delivery.
  • How do I know if my student account is cleared for graduation? Contact Kelsey Blanks at 434-791-7182 to verify that your account is cleared and all balances have been paid.