News from 2020

Special Graduation Celebration & Homecoming Postponed

· October 5, 2020

On Oct. 3, the Office of the President sent the following letter to the Class of 2020.


Southern Virginia University Ranked in U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges

and · October 2, 2020

Buena Vista, Va.—The U.S. News & World Report announced its 2021 Best Colleges, ranking Southern Virginia University 63rd among liberal arts colleges for Social Mobility—defined as successfully enrolling and graduating economically disadvantaged students.


Former President Rod Smith on “James Madison: The Father of Religious Liberty”

· September 17, 2020

To commemorate the United States Constitution on Constitution Day, and in memory of our beloved former University President Rodney K. Smith, we wanted to share the last speech President Smith delivered at Southern Virginia University titled after his book, “James Madison: The Father of Religious Liberty.”


President Wilcox Leads First-Ever Virtual University Forum

· August 28, 2020

Buena Vista, Va.—President Reed N. Wilcox led Southern Virginia University’s first-ever Virtual University forum on Friday, Aug. 28. Streaming live on YouTube, he discussed the importance of the University’s Healthy Campus Plan and Four Pillars of Personal Responsibility.


Remembering Former President Rodney K. Smith

and · July 27, 2020

The Southern Virginia University community is deeply saddened by the passing of beloved former University President Rodney K. Smith. Surrounded by family and loved ones, Smith passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 26, 2020, after an eight-year battle with cancer.


Academic Plan for Fall 2020

· July 27, 2020

Today the Office of the Provost issued the following letter:


Healthy Campus Plan: SCHEV Approval to Reopen Campus for Fall 2020

· July 23, 2020

Today the Office of the President issued the following letter:


Southern Virginia University Observes Juneteenth

· June 18, 2020

Today the Office of the President issued the following letter:


Southern Virginia University is Open for Fall 2020

· June 15, 2020

Today the Office of the President issued the following letter:


Southern Virginia University Makes Standardized Tests Optional

· June 15, 2020

Buena Vista, Va.—In response to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic, Southern Virginia University has made optional the previously required standardized test submissions for incoming students.