Commencement Weekend 2016

Online Registration

Download the registration form (PDF)

Please direct questions to Cindy Wine, Office of Student Life, 540-887-7221.

FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016

4-5 p.m. Deck out Ham and Jam
Seniors gather to decorate Ham and Jam in purple and gold.
Front porch of the Administration Building
5 p.m. Ring in Commencement Weekend
Join us as President Fox signals the opening of Commencement Weekend by ringing the bronze bell, a gift to the college from the Class of 2015.
Front Lawn of the Administration Building
5:15 p.m. Class of 2016 Picture
Administration Building, Front Steps
Rain location: Martha S. Grafton Library, Room 501
Photo may be ordered from Patrick Smith at
6-6:30 p.m. VWIL Awards Ceremony
Congratulate the cadets of the VWIL Class of 2016 as they receive their Advanced Leadership Certificates.
James D. Francis Auditorium
7 p.m. Lavender Graduation Ceremony
Honor and acknowledge the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and ally students.
Miller Chapel

SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016

9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Registration and Welcome
This is your Commencement headquarters: a place to meet graduates, family, and friends throughout the weekend and pick up your Commencement information.
Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall Foyer
9 a.m. Beta Beta Beta Honor Society Reception
Applaud graduating senior members for their excellence and achievements.
Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement
10 a.m. Commissioning Ceremony
Witness graduates receiving their commissions in the U.S. Armed Forces
Barbara Kares Page Terrace
Rain location: James D. Francis Auditorium
11 a.m. – 1p.m. Champagne Brunch for Graduates and Families
Enjoy great food and off best wishes to the seniors (soon-to-be alumni)
Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall
12:30–2 p.m. Ajani Ceremony
Celebrate inductees who have supported a multicultural campus community.
Rose Terrace Lawn
Rain location: Student Activities Center
Group Picture will be taken at 12:15 p.m.
2 p.m. Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society Induction
Salute high-achieving Baldwin Online and Adult Programs students.
James D. Francis Auditorium
2:30 p.m. Change of Command Review
Salute the achievements of Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership graduates as they pass their sabres to next year’s seniors.
Parade Ground at the Physical Activities Center
Rain location: Physical Activities Center
3–4:30 p.m. PEG/ECA Reception
Honor the soon-to-be-alumni of the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted and the Early College Academy.
Lyda B. Hunt West
5 p.m. Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society Initiation and Reception
Help us honor those tapped for membership in the most prestigious of academic honor societies.
Miller Chapel
5:30-7:30 p.m. Class of 2016 President’s Thank-You Reception and Dinner
A perfect way to catch up and chat with classmates and family over a casual dinner while listening to live music. Members of the Class of 2016 will honor faculty members who have empowered them at Mary Baldwin.
Cannon Hill, next to the President’s House
Rain location: Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall
8 p.m. Family Fire
Enjoy time with classmates, family, faculty, and friends.
Fire Pit at Pannill Student Center Lawn

SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2016

6:30–8:30 a.m. Commencement Breakfast
Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall East
10 a.m. 174th Commencement
Keynote speaker: Tracy “Lolita” Burks Healy ’87, CEO and founder, Designs by Lolita
Barbara Kares Page Terrace in front of Martha S. Grafton Library
(Please be seated by 9:45 a.m.)
Rain Plan: 10:30 a.m., Cameron Hall, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA
Immediately Following Commencement
College of Education Graduate Luncheon CANCELLED
Shakespeare and Performance Graduate Luncheon
By invitation only.
Lyda B Hunt Dining Hall East
Event held rain or shine.
Post-Commencement Reception
Before you head off campus, gather friends and family who proudly watched you graduate for one last goodbye to your alma mater. Local alumni and friends of Mary Baldwin will welcome members of the Class of 2016 as the college’s newest alumni and help send you off in style.
Front Lawn of Administration Building
Event is canceled if Commencement ceremony is held at the rain location