BACCALAUREATE – Commencement Weekend will begin with a family dinner at 5:00 pm on Friday, May 4th 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 2018 Commencement Ceremony will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 5th. Traditionally an outside event, the ceremony was held 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.

Students who wish to order Graduation Announcements from Herff Jones may do so.  For your convenience, click the following link:

VIEW COMMENCEMENT – The 2017 Commencement Ceremony was held at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 5th. To view the Commencement Live click HERE. The link will be active at 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning.

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 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 along with your cap & gown from the Registrar’s Office, John Wesley Hall Room 13 starting April 6th.

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For further information regarding Baccalaureate or Commencement, please contact:

Dr. Kimberly Gaiters-Fields, Dean of Academic Affairs

540-365-4206 or

John Wesley Hall Room 105

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