Commencement and Baccalaureate Ceremonies

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Commencement and Baccalaureate Ceremonies2018-05-02T15:32:22+00:00

COMMENCEMENT – The 2018 Commencement Ceremony will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 5th. Traditionally an outside event, the ceremony will be held center campus on the Hart International Plaza, facing Adams Lake. Outside seating is unlimited. Following the Commencement Ceremony, students will process through the gauntlet of faculty, up the sidewalk for pictures and encouraging words. The Senior Walk will conclude near Franklin Hall where the senior class along with their special guests are encouraged to partake in a picnic lunch, featuring entertainment by a live band  in the Quad. In the case of rain the picnic and music will be moved inside Franklin Hall.

For those unable to attend commencement in person, the ceremony will be streamed live online here. The archived ceremony will also be available for viewing, usually within 24 hours, by following the same link and choosing the On Demand tab.

Ferrum College graduation

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 beginning at 7:30. 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.

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

Instructions for 2018 graduates will be emailed to seniors and posted here.  Should you have specific questions regarding Baccalaureate or Commencement, please contact:

Dr. Kimberly Gaiters-Fields
Dean of Academic Affairs
540.365.4206 or

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 9th.

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For further information regarding Baccalaureate or Commencement, please contact:

Dr. Kimberly Gaiters-Fields
Dean of Academic Affairs
John Wesley Hall Room 105
540.365.4206 or

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