We congratulate the class of 2013 for completing the requirements to receive a bachelor's degree from Southern Virginia University.

We also extend a warm welcome to families and friends who will join us to celebrate commencement.

April 27: The Commencement Ceremony

Time Event Location
8:45 a.m. Gates Open
Entrances
8:45 a.m. Graduate check-in
Graduates should arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. dressed in their caps and gowns.
Chandler Hall
8:45 a.m. Graduate group photo
Graduates should come dressed in their caps and gowns.
Main Hall front lawn
9:00 a.m. Pick up Pre-ordered Tickets 
If you pre-ordered tickets, pick them up in front of Main Hall near the flag pole.
Main Hall front lawn
9:30 a.m. Guests seated Main Hall front lawn
9:45 a.m. All open seats released Main Hall front lawn
10:00 a.m. Commencement ceremony begins Main Hall front lawn
Noon Reception 
Mingling and refreshments
Main Hall front lawn

Parking

As visitors arrive guides will direct them to three parking areas: near the Von Canon Library, Knight Sports Arena and LDS Institute Building. View Map & Directions


Ticketing

All guests are encouraged to order tickets in advance. Those without tickets may stand and watch commencement in a designated area. The tickets are free of charge, but the quantity is limited so please order them as soon as possible. The ticketing procedure varies depending on your situation. Please select the category that best applies to you from the options below:

Graduates

Graduates do not need to order tickets for themselves, but they do need to order tickets for family members. (see below)

Family members of graduates

Graduating seniors have received an email from the registrar with details about ordering tickets for family members. The graduate may pick up pre-ordered tickets at the registrar’s office after April 15 or at graduation rehearsal. Graduates that did not receive the email or who have ticketing questions are advised to direct questions to registrar@svu.edu.

Current Students

Students currently enrolled in classes have received an email from the registrar with details about ordering a ticket. The student may pick up pre-ordered tickets at the front desk in Main Hall after April 15. Students that did not receive the email or who have ticketing questions are advised to direct questions to registrar@svu.edu.

Faculty, Staff, and Institute Faculty

Faculty, staff, and Institute faculty members have received an email from the registrar with details about ordering tickets for themselves as well as their family members. The faculty or staff member may pick up pre-ordered tickets at the registrar’s office after April 15. Those that did not receive the email or who have ticketing questions are advised to direct questions to registrar@svu.edu.

Alumni

Each alumni may request up to 2 tickets for Commencement. Please request your tickets using the Alumni Tickets form. You will receive an e-mail when tickets are available for pick-up. We look forward to seeing you back on campus.

All Other Guests

To request tickets to commencement, please call the front desk at 800-229-8420.


Commencement Speaker

Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts and Republican Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election, will address graduates, families, friends and the faculty and staff of Southern Virginia University at the 2013 commencement exercises.


Photography

Professional photography of the ceremony will be provided. Photos may be downloaded from our blog at scoop.svu.edu within a few days after commencement. 

Portraits of graduates receiving their diplomas will be taken by a university photographer. Each portrait will be emailed to each respective graduate at their student email address within a few days after the ceremony. If you have questions or issues please contact Communications & Marketing at communications@svu.edu or 540-264-2023.


Frequently Asked Questions

How early am I expected to be seated?

All guests should be seated by 9:30 and all seats will be released at 9:45 a.m.

Are children allowed to attend commencement?

Children 3 years and older must have a ticket. Children under 3 years old do not require a ticket as long as they sit on their parent’s lap during commencement.

What if the weather is poor?

Rain or shine, graduation will be held outside in front of Main Hall. Please plan accordingly by bringing your own sunscreen or umbrella.

How do members of the press/media acquire credentials to attend commencement?

To register for media credentials, please contact communications@svu.edu.

Will Mitt Romney be holding a press conference?

Mitt Romney will not be holding a press conference at Southern Virginia University.