The University is planning in-person, outdoor ceremonies for 2022 graduates during the May 13-15 weekend. Please note that all in-person ceremonies and celebrations described below are tentative and contingent on social distancing requirements from the Commonwealth of Virginia and the CDC during the months ahead and are subject to change.

Converse FieldCommencement ceremonies are planned to take place on the Converse Family Field on Main Campus and will include students who qualify for graduation from the Fall 2021, Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 semesters.

Since the situation with COVID is continuously evolving, the number of attendees will be determined at a later date. As in years past, each Commencement ceremony will be broadcast live on social media for family members and guests to view.

Spring 2022 Commencement ceremonies will continue with the last year’s implementation of holding Commencement ceremonies according to College, with each ceremony including graduate and undergraduate students together. In addition, each ceremony will include the hooding of the doctoral students, where appropriate.

Following the schedule of past Commencement-related events, the schedule of events is tentatively planned as follows:

Thursday, May 12

4:30pm – Nursing Pinning Ceremony – in the Upper Gym on Main Campus

6:00pm – Baccalaureate Mass (St. Ann Church, Arlington)

Friday, May 13

9:00 am – Commencement for College of Health and Education (for a list of majors, click here)
Guest Speaker: TBA

Time TBA – Recognition Award Ceremony – TBA (schedule of events with links will be provided)

Saturday, May 14

9:00 am – Commencement for College of Sciences and Humanities (for a list of majors, click here)
Guest Speaker: TBA

Sunday, May 15

9:00 am – Commencement for College of Business, Innovation, Leadership & Technology (for a list of majors, click here)
Guest Speaker: TBA

Important Information for All Attending a Commencement Ceremony


Arrival Time

Each Commencement ceremony starts at9:00 am  Graduating students should arrive on Main Campus at 7:30am to allow for check-in and being seated prior to the start of the ceremony.


Parking for students and their guests will be in the Blue and White parking garages.  Security will be monitoring and assisting with parking.  Please enter the parking garages via the 26th Street entrances. Students and guests are not permitted to park in surface lots or spaces unless handicap accessibility is required. If accessibility is required, please check-in at the Guard House at the Glebe Road entrance for direction to handicap parking.

Masks and Social Distancing

Details regarding COVID-19 protocols will be provided as the date approaches.


Students and guests must check-in before the ceremonies.  Additional details about the check-in process will be provided closer to the dates of Commencement.

Live Stream

The live streaming link will be placed on the Commencement website during the week of May 9.  In addition, a recording of the live stream ceremonies will be available to download during the week after all ceremonies are completed.


Information for ordering regalia will be provided at a later date with orders being accepted beginning in March.  Note: Heeled shoes, e.g. stilettos, are not permitted on the Converse Family Field.  Low wedges or thick square heels are permitted, and flats are fine! 

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