SENIOR SALUTE – Preparation for the 2017 Graduation Ceremony will begin with the Senior Salute, to be held from 3:00-5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 5th in the Blue Ridge Mountain Room.
BACCALAUREATE – Commencement Weekend will begin with a family dinner at 5:00 pm on Friday, May 5th in Franklin Hall, followed by the Baccalaureate Service in Vaughn Chapel. Seniors, adorned in their Graduation Regalia, should gather between the Chapel steps and the Bell Tower at 7:10 to line up for the 7:30 pm service. Immediately following the Baccalaureate Service, the Senior class will be escorted by faculty to the Hart International Plaza for a candlelight memorial service to conclude the evening.
COMMENCEMENT – The 2017 Commencement Ceremony will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 6th. Traditionally an outside event, the ceremony is scheduled for center campus on the Hart International Plaza, facing Adams Lake. Outside seating is unlimited. Following the Graduation Ceremony, students will process through the gauntlet of faculty for pictures and encouraging words before partaking in a picnic lunch on the grounds between John Wesley Hall and Admissions.
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Photo Specialties is the official graduation photographer for Ferrum College. Each student will receive a photo taken as they are handed their diploma. A free color proof will be sent to the student’s current mailing address, which includes a password for online viewing.
***Emailed proofs are sent about a week after graduation. Paper proofs are usually mailed within two weeks of graduation.***
You are under no obligation to purchase prints. To receive an email notification the moment your photos are online, please visit www.photospecialties.com to pre-register. If you do not receive a proof within a week of the ceremony, please contact info@photospecialties or call 1-800-722-7033.
In case of rain on the morning of Commencement, the ceremony will be moved to the Swartz Gymnasium and seating will be limited to 4 guests per graduate. Rain tickets, given to seniors at the Senior Salute, will be required for entry into the gymnasium.
Your college ID will be required to claim rain tickets at the Senior Salute. If you cannot attend the Senior Salute, you may pick up your tickets from the Office of Academic Affairs, John Wesley Hall Room 105 starting April 6th.
The following Hotels/ Bed & Breakfasts are located in Rocky Mount, Virginia (just 10 miles from campus).
The Comfort Inn (Click here for their website)
Holiday Inn Express & Suited (Click here for their website)
Early Inn at the Grove (B&B) (Click here for their website)
There are numerous other hotels in Martinsville (30 minutes south of Ferrum) and Roanoke (30 minutes north of Ferrum)
For further information regarding Baccalaureate or Commencement, please contact:
Dr. Kimberly Gaiters-Fields, Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs for Faculty and Academic Services
540-365-4206 or firstname.lastname@example.org
John Wesley Hall Room 105