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SOE Graduation Celebration - May 18, 2024

Finally, the big day has arrived!

Note:  Our Courtyard is covered with a tent, as is the patio surrounding the courtyard.  In the event of rain, we will still be outside, under the tent.

The procession has moved inside, due to rain.

Our Traditional Procession – 9 a.m. - Location change

Students Gather in the Professional Development Center (PDC) Hallway

We ask that graduates congregate at 9 a.m. (or earlier) inside the School of Education in the PDC hallway.  You will then process through the middle of the building, behind the Fifes & Drums with our dean and faculty, into the  courtyard for the ceremony. 

If you do not participate in the procession, just come directly to the courtyard to find your seat.  Staff will be present to assist you. (see Seating below for instructions)

Student Seating at the SOE Graduation Celebration

An updated seating chart will be sent out to all confirmed participating graduates on Friday, May 17th. Graduates will be seated according to program areas: Undergraduates; doctoral, Educational Specialist, Curriculum & Instruction master's; Educational Policy, Planning & Leadership master's; and School Psychology & Counselor Education master's graduates. (Right side is UG students, C&I, EPPL, and some SPACE masters students; the left side is the rest of the SPACE masters, EdS and doctoral students.)  Please be sure to take a look to see where you will be seated.

Graduates will process down the center aisle, toward the stage.  All student seating is at the front of the tent, in front of the stage.  When you get to the front of the tent, please make your way to your seat.  You will find a name card on your chair.  You will provide that name card to the faculty member at the podium when you come forward so that they can read your name.  Please be sure to take it with you when you get up to process to the stage.

You can see where degree programs are seated on the diagram of student seating and walking pathway to the stage.

Following the ceremony, you will process out of the courtyard behind the dean and platform party, into the School of Education.


You should wear regalia at the SOE ceremony. If you have questions about your regalia, please contact the Spirit Shop & Bookstore 757-221-1669.


There will be a photographer at the ceremony. The photographer will email you proofs after the event. There is no obligation to purchase the pictures, but it is a service we provide just in case you want professional pictures to capture the big event.


Guest tickets are not required for the School of Education’s Graduation Celebration. Guests should go directly to ether courtyard to find seating. The ceremony is open to all family members and guests of our degree candidates. We do provide reserved seating for guests with special needs.  If you have a guest with a special need, please [[graded, email us]] and let us know.

(If you registered to attend the main campus ceremony on Friday evening, you will receive an email this week from with your electronic tickets. Tickets are required for the main ceremony on Friday, May 17.)


School of Education students and families are encouraged to park in the lots surrounding the School of Education or those surrounding William & Mary Hall. Handicapped parking is available on either side of the School of Education building.   

The School of Education Graduation Celebration

Saturday, May 18, 2023 at 9:00 am.


After the ceremony, students and their guests are invited to join their  faculty for light refreshments.