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SOE Diploma Ceremony - May 20, 2023

Finally, the big day has arrived!

Our Traditional Procession – 9 a.m.

Graduates will congregate in the the student parking lot closest to the Monticello Ave. entrance to the School of Education at 9 a.m.   Shortly after 9 a.m., graduates will walk with our dean and faculty via the around the exterior of the building and into the Courtyard.  Our procession will be lead by members of the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums Corps.  

The ceremony at the School of Education will be held outside in our beautiful courtyard, behind the facility.  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.

Note:  Access by car to this student lot will be limited between 9am -9:30 a.m.  You can access this lot from the Mt.  Vernon avenue opening during this time. 

Student Seating at the SOE Diploma Ceremony

The seating chart will be sent out to all confirmed participating graduates several days prior to the ceremony.  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. When you arrive at the courtyard (after the procession), you will find your seat under the tent.  You will find your name card on your chair.  During the ceremony, you will be asked for this name card so that you can be introduced appropriately to the audience. Please feel free to spell your name phonetically on the card.


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 Diploma Ceremony.  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 19.)


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.   

Note:  Access by car to this student lot will be limited between 9am -9:30 a.m.  You can access this lot from the Mt.  Vernon avenue opening during this time. 

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The School of Education Diploma Ceremony

Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 9:30 am.


We livestream our Diploma Ceremony. You can access it here.


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