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FAQ

For the Graduate

  • Have I met all graduation requirements?
    Contact the Office of the Registrar, 395-2580
    Registrar Commencement Instructions (pdf)
  • What time do I need to arrive, and where do I go?
    All Undergraduate degree candidates report to Willett Hall Gymnasium with academic regalia by 8 a.m. to line up (includes College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Economics, and College of Education and Human Services).
  • What kind of academic regalia will I need?
    Academic gown, cap, and hood. Contact Barnes & Noble at Longwood, 391-1240 to order.
  • What do I wear under my robe?
    Men should wear dark shoes and trousers. Women should wear dark shoes and skirts no longer than their gown. Don't wear bright colors on top that will detract from your hood.
  • My name is difficult to pronounce, whom do I contact?
    Contact Dr. Robert Webber, (webberrp@longwood.edu) Professor of Mathematics & Computer Science, 434.395.2192.
    [When you call and leave a message, please state your college, your degree, and your name (several times). For example: College of Arts and Sciences, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Shiletia Garavito...Sheletia Garavito.]
  • Will there be a Professional Photographer?
    During Commencement, a professional photographer from Showalter Imaging Group Inc./King Photo Supply will take a picture of each graduate receiving his/her certificate and leaving the stage. They will have proofs available on their website within 2 days of the ceremony: www.king1hourphoto.com.
  • Who do I contact about accessibility needs for myself or a guest?
    Contact the Office of Disability Resources, Graham Building, (434) 395-2391, by 5pm on May 6th.
  • How many guests am I allowed to invite?
    There is no limit on the guests each graduate may have.
  • Can I bring my pet?
    Only registered service animals are permitted. With the number of visitors on campus, we do not allow pets.
  • What is the size of the Longwood diploma and when will I receive it?
    The Longwood diploma is 13 1/4" by 18 1/2".  It will be mailed to the address you provided approx. 4-6 weeks after your graduation date.
 

For Visitors

  • Will live video streaming be available? 
    The undergraduate ceremony is webcast live and the video streaming link will be available from the main Commencement page on the day of the ceremony.
  • Who do I contact about accessibility needs for a guest or myself?
    Contact the Office of Disability Resources, Graham Building, (434) 395-2391, by 5pm on May 6th.
  • How do I get to Longwood University?
    Please visit Maps & Directions for information on how to get to the University.
  • Is Shuttle Service provided?
    Free shuttle service will be provided from several nearby hotels and apartment complexes to campus and back. Buses will run from 7:45 a.m.-9:15 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. respectively and will be provided at the following locations: Longwood Village, Comfort Inn, Days Inn, Super 8, Sunchase, Hampton Inn, and Lancer Park.  A shuttle is also provided on campus from the Wynne parking lot to Wheeler Mall.  Signs on Main Street will direct you to the Wynne lot. 
  • How many guests is each Graduate allowed?
    There is no limit on the guests each graduate may have. Tickets are not needed.
  • Where do I park?
    Parking is available throughout the campus at any open campus parking lot.  A shuttle is available from the Wynne parking lot near the baseball stadium. If you need accessible parking, please contact the Office of Disability Resources, 434.395.2391 by May 6.
  • Where is Wheeler Mall?
    Please download our printable campus map (pdf). Wheeler Mall is the grassy area in front of Wheeler residence hall (#17 on the map).
  • What time do I need to arrive?
    Guests need to arrive early and be seated by 9:00 a.m. as the processional begins at approximately 9:00.
  • Where do I find restrooms during the Ceremony?
    Some of the buildings on campus will be open for use of facilities. Port-o-potties are also available near Wheeler Mall.  Please look for the directional signs posted on Wheeler Mall.  
  • Can I bring my pet?
    Only registered service animals are permitted. With the number of visitors on campus, we do not allow pets.
  • How long does the ceremony last? 
    The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. and will last approximately 2.5 hours.