Commencement Ceremony: May 2023

FAQs and Important Information

Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, December 16
10:00 a.m.
Brock Theatre, Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center
Virginia Wesleyan University
5817 Wesleyan Dr., Virginia Beach, Virginia 23455
Campus Map/Parking

Livestream Information
The Commencement Ceremony will be livestreamed on the VWU Digital Broadcasting Network.

Commencement Announcements
Graduate announcements may be purchased through the University Store website. The University Store in Batten Plaza will be open on Commencement Day. VWU diploma frames, apparel, and other University memorabilia will be available for purchase.

Graduation Cap and Gown and Commencement Fee
Students participating in the Commencement Ceremony must submit their Graduation Cap and Gown and Commencement Fee (which includes the cost of ceremony regalia) by October 15, 2023. Graduates are also able to contribute to the Senior Class Gift to receive a VWU Alumni Cord, a senior class t-shirt, an alumni car window sticker, and admission to the "DeFord Manor VIP Experience"

Commencement Tickets
Due to occupancy restrictions associated with fire code, tickets are required for the Commencement Ceremony. Four (4) tickets are available for each graduate and will be distributed as needed when caps and gowns are collected. Tickets will be collected prior to the ceremony upon entrance to TowneBank Arena. Read more in Commencement FAQs and Important Information

Photography and Video
GradImages provides photographs of each graduate who crosses the dais during Commencement. Photos may be purchased at (graduates will receive a coupon for 20% off photo orders when they pre-register before Commencement Day). Questions can be addressed to 800.261.2576, online at, or email There is no obligation to purchase photos. Candid photography will also be available for download on the University Flickr page. An archived video of the ceremony will be available through the VWU Digital Broadcasting Network.

FAQs and Important Information