Southern Virginia University congratulates the class of 2018 for completing the requirements to receive a bachelor’s degree from Southern Virginia University and extends a warm welcome to families and friends who will join us to celebrate Commencement.


Senior Reception

Thursday, May 3, 7:00 p.m. — Stoddard Center

Graduates and their families are invited to join us for a reception to honor the graduating class of 2018 at Southern Virginia University. We will recognize academic, athletic, and performing arts achievements.

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Senior Group Photo

Friday, May 4, 9:00 a.m. — Front of Main Hall

Graduates should arrive an hour before the ceremony to take group photos and prepare for the processional.

Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 4, 10:00 a.m. — Front of Main Hall

Southern Virginia University cordially invites the family and friends of our graduates to gather with our students, faculty, and staff to celebrate the achievements of the class of 2018.


Friday, May 4, 12:00 p.m. — Chandler Field

At the conclusion of the ceremony, everyone in attendance is invited to socialize and enjoy light refreshments.

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Commencement Speaker

Dr. Francis MacDonnell will address graduates, faculty, staff, students and friends of Southern Virginia University at the 2018 Commencement exercises. Dr. MacDonnell has served on the faculty of Southern Virginia since 1997 as a professor of history. He holds an A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, a Master’s degree from Marquette University and did his undergraduate studies at St. Michaels College. Before coming to Southern Virginia, MacDonnell was a lecturer in history at Yale University. He has served in various capacities at Southern Virginia and is the author of several scholarly articles and books.

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