Coronavirus Information and Update: Spring 2021 Plans

Schedule & Seating

The May 16, 2020 in-person Commencement ceremony is postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. We are making plans for a replacement event and will post updates as we have them.




9:15 am    Graduates arrive, in regalia, at Pamplin Sports Center. Please be on time.

9:15 am    Photographs: Law Review Groups, LLM graduates, MSL graduates

9:30 am    Photographs: All graduates

9:50 am    Graduates meet in the hallway to be checked in and cannot leave the hallway.

11:00 am   The Processional: Graduates, faculty, and the platform enter and the ceremony begins

End of the Ceremony & Dessert Reception

  • At the conclusion of the ceremony, please walk through the lobby and outside for photos
  • Graduates, family, and friends are invited to proceed to the Law School for a dessert reception and the Children’s Commencement Ceremony.


Seating in Pamplin Sports Center for the commencement ceremony is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets are NOT required. While some floor seating is available, the majority is provided in bleachers flanking the stage.

Special seating will be reserved for the graduates, faculty members, platform party, band, and for guests who have requested mobility accommodations or ASL interpretation.

The commencement ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes. The dessert reception at the law school lasts about 2 hours. Those needing to plan after graduation celebrations, can of course, leave the reception when they choose.