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Convocation 2015

Farmville Mayor Whitus headshot The Honorable David E. Whitus '83 Mayor, Town of Farmville

Convocation 2015  -Thursday, September 10, 4:00 p.m. , Lancaster Mall

We celebrate the formal opening of Longwood with the Convocation Ceremony, held outdoors on Lancaster Mall, opposite the spot on Lawn Mall where the year will close with Commencement in the spring. Convocation is a mix of formal and fun with a keynote speaker, faculty awards, and the "capping" of seniors by another student.  


The 2015 Convocation keynote speaker is The Honorable David E. Whitus, a Longwood alumnus from the Class of 1983. Whitus currently serves as the Mayor of Farmville and Director of Administration, Marketing and Development at The Woodland, a continuing care facility and regional health care provider.







Convocation Basics

  • Seniors and cappers report to Wheeler Mall at 3:15 p.m. or as soon as you are dismissed from classes ending at 3:15. 
  • Seniors and cappers can be seated upon arrival. Seniors are seated directly in front of their capper. Junior Marshals will assist you with seating.
  • Seniors need to wear their academic gown (no hood) and dark shoes. You may purchase caps and gowns in the Longwood Bookstore.
  • Faculty lineup in Jarman Auditorium.
  • Platform Party members lineup in Lancaster Hall.
  • Seniors/Cappers will not process. Faculty and Platform Party members will process. Seniors/Cappers and guests stand during the processional and recessional.
  • Limited guest seating will be available on Lancaster Mall.
  • Guest parking is available in the Pine Street South Lot off Wynne Drive.  If this is full, please park in the Vernon Street or Putney Street lots.
  • Rain location is Willett Hall. Updates will be posted on commencement website.


  • Accomodations?                                                                                         
  • Contact Disability Resources, 395-1240.
  • Academic Regalia?
    Contact the Bookstore, 391-1240.
  • Other Questions?
    Contact Office of the President, 395-4806 or 395-2001
Seniors are Seniors are "capped" at the 2014 ceremony
2015 Senior Class President Paige Rollins

Senior Capping

The Fun Part of Convocation

  • Each senior may ask an underclassman to serve as  capper. The capper decorates the senior's mortarboard with mementos of the senior's Longwood experience and "caps" his/her senior at the appropriate time in the ceremony.
  • Each senior may have ONLY ONE CAPPER.
  • Seniors may elect to cap each other or not have a capper
  • Cappers bring the decorated caps or the senior brings his/her own cap.