Important Information for Graduation

Commencement ceremonies are a time for family and friends to celebrate the achievements of their student(s). We look forward to welcoming you to campus for this very special event. Averett holds two commencements a year – winter and spring. Commencement exercises begin at 10:00 a.m. and are held at the North Campus in our E. Stuart James Grant Convocation and Athletic Center (707 Mt. Cross Rd.). Each student has his or her name read and gets a diploma from the University President, and graduate students receive a ceremonial hood.


Please note that there will be a security bag check at the door. No weapons of any kind, illegal drugs, or alcohol will be allowed on the premises, including any tailgating before or after the ceremony. In addition, no items that will obstruct the view of others or distract from the event will be permitted in the grant center.


The number of tickets each graduate will receive depends on the amount of graduates that participate in the ceremony. Students will receive their tickets at graduation rehearsal check-in. There is a possibility that extra tickets will be available at graduation rehearsal. Please contact Mary Sullivan at for more information.

Please leave plenty of time for travel as unexpected delays may be an issue with construction in the area. 

Graduation Applications

Graduation applications for Fall and Spring graduations as well as August conferral.

Senior Deadlines & Info

Deadlines for graduating Seniors and important times for Graduation Day

August Degree Conferral

Information about August Conferral and how to apply

Accommodations & Directions

Overnight accommodations fill up quickly. You are strongly encouraged to make your reservations early. If you need directions or information on restaurants and hotels find them here.

Honors at Graduation

Information on eligibility for academic honors at graduation.

Invitations, Cap & Gown & Gifts

Information on how to purchase your cap and gown as well as other graduation mementos.

Financial Aid Procedures

Information on entrance and exit counseling for students who borrow under the Federal Family Education Loan Program and the Federal Perkins Loan Program for the first time.


A professional photographer will take a photo of your graduate as he/she receives a diploma. Each graduate will be contacted by mail and given the opportunity to purchase a photo package to commemorate the event. Families and friends are welcome to take photos and video, but are asked not to walk in front of special guests or the stage area during the ceremony.