Information for Families of Prospective Graduates

Commencement Weekend Activities are usually as follows. These details/prices are subject to change, but, if so, new instructions will be posted in March 2017.

Plans are being finalized for Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises scheduled for Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6, 2017. The schedule for the weekend is:

Friday, May 5
Baccalaureate (Senior/Family) Dinner by Reservation Only  |  5:00pm

(This event is coordinated by the Senior Class and invitations will be mailed from the Senior Class the first week of April. Written reservations are required and must be received by Mr. Mike Ferguson no later than 4/25 with accompanying check. For those who include an e-mail address, an e-mail confirmation will be sent upon receipt of your completed reservation.  Questions should be directed to Mr. Ferguson, 540-365-4604.)

Baccalaureate Service |  Vaughn Chapel  |  7:30pm

Speaker:  The Reverend Dr. Jan Nicholson, Dean of the Chapel

Saturday, May 6     
Breakfast  |  Franklin Dining Hall  |  7:15 - 9:00am

($7.65 per guest, pay at the door.  No Charge to graduates)

Commencement  |  Lawn between Stanley Library and Garber Hall  |  10:30am

(RAIN PLAN – B Swartz Gymnasium:  Up to four rain tickets will be available to each graduate. We regret that ushers may not hold tickets for family members at the door; please make sure you have received the rain tickets from your graduate in advance. A live-feed will be available in case of rain. Off-site viewing locations will include the AVD classrooms, Blue Ridge Mountain Room in Franklin Hall, and in the Panther's Den.)

Lunch on the Stratton House lawn in honor of Graduates and their families  |  Immediately following Commencement

Three meal tickets will be distributed to each graduate. (Additional meal tickets may be purchased through Ferrum College Dining Services @ $9.00; Children ages 6-12 @ $5.00; Children under age 6 @ no charge). Questions and requests to purchase additional meal tickets should be directed to 540-365-4453. 
(Rain Plan, Franklin Hall).

Ample parking will be available. If handicapped parking and/or special seating are needed, arrangements should be scheduled in advance (and no later than Wednesday, April 30) by calling Ms. Brenda Martin at 540-365-4211. In the event of rain, each ticket for handicap section must be accompanied by one of the rain tickets distributed to graduates.

A list of area lodging facilities is enclosed for your convenience in scheduling overnight accommodations. Graduation photographs may be purchased separately. Photo Specialties of Chapel Hill, North Carolina will take individual photos of each senior receiving a degree; information about the services offered by Photo Specialties as well as contact information is also included. 

Please contact us at 540-365-4207 if you have questions pertaining to these scheduled events.