We congratulate the class of 2016 for completing the requirements to receive a bachelor's degree from Southern Virginia University and extend a warm welcome to families and friends who will join us to celebrate Commencement.

May 5: 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
9:00 a.m. Graduate group photo
Graduates should come dressed in their caps and gowns.
Main Hall front lawn
9:30 a.m. Guests seated Main Hall front lawn
10:00 a.m. Commencement ceremony begins Main Hall front lawn
Noon Reception
Mingling and refreshments
Main Hall front lawn

Commencement Speaker

Dr. Dave Ulrich, an award-winning thought leader in human resources and management education named “the father of modern HR,” and Dr. Wendy Ulrich, a psychologist and bestselling author, will address graduates, faculty, staff, students and friends of Southern Virginia University at the 2016 Commencement exercises on Thursday, May 5, at 10 a.m. in front of the university’s Main Hall in Buena Vista, Va.


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



Professional photography of the ceremony will be provided. Photos may be downloaded from our blog at scoop.svu.edu 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. If you have questions or issues, please contact the Communications Office at communications@svu.edu or 540-264-2023.

Frequently Asked Questions

All guests should be seated by 9:30 a.m.

Yes, as long as the children are well behaved. Parents are responsible to make sure that their infants and children do not distract other guests from the Commencement ceremony.

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