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.

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 will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 6th. 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, Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs for Faculty and Academic Services

540-365-4206 or

John Wesley Hall Room 105

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Olivia Pavco-Giaccia

Olivia Pavco-GiacciaOlivia Pavco-Giaccia is an award-winning children’s book author whose focus on the synergies between science, entrepreneurship, and girl-centric activism is impacting both local and national dialogs. She graduated with honors from Yale University in 2016 with a B.S. in Cognitive Science and was awarded the Henry E. Ellsworth Memorial Prize for significant research in the social sciences.  In addition, she is the founder and CEO of the social venture, LabCandy, whose mission is to focus young kids’ (especially girls’) interest in STEM (  Selected as the youngest-ever Fellow at Yale’s Entrepreneurial Institute, Olivia led a successful Kickstarter campaign that brought LabCandy’s brightly colored lab coats, kid-sized sparkly lab goggles, and science adventure storybooks to kids around the world.

Named as a national innovator for positive change by NationSwell, Olivia’s first book “Ava & The Copper Key” was awarded a Gold Medal in Moonbeam’s Children’s Book Awards.  She was selected as one of Glamour Magazine’s Top 10 College Women of 2015, along with being tapped as one of HerCampus’s “22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women.”   She is the recipient of the 2016 Upstart Award from Bustle Magazine recognizing recent graduates “who are poised to make a difference in business, arts, fashion, beauty and beyond.” She currently serves on the Champions Board of the National Girls Collaborative Project, one of the country’s largest non-profit organizations committed to girls in STEM, and is co-chair of the Young Girls’ Advisory Board there.  Olivia’s infectious enthusiasm for this work has led to a number of speaking opportunities and community leadership roles, including participation in the White House Science Fair, the International STEM Education Association, and Net Impact’s Think Social, a Yale think tank dedicated to exploring innovative ideas for positive social impact. In high school, she was selected as a semi-finalist in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology for her neurobiology research at Stanford University.

In March of 2017, Discovery’s Science Channel honored Olivia and her work by naming her as one of their Science Super Heroes. Working with Discovery/TSC, Olivia was featured online in NowThis Her, TIME Magazine for Kids, and The New York Times.