- Accessibility/Disability Information
- Directions and Maps
- Seating and Tickets
- Arriving at Commencement
- Receiving your Diploma
- Inclement Weather
During Commencement, nearby accommodations may be difficult to find. Make sure to book well in advance. Discover Lynchburg provides a comprehensive list of hotel and lodging options. You’ll also find a calendar of local events and information about historical places of interest and dining and shopping options.
Guest parking will be available in and around campus on a first-come-first-served basis. Campus Safety and Security will be directing traffic on both Commencement days, guiding guests to available parking. The main entrance of the University will serve as the point of entry for all parking, including accessible parking and drop offs. There will be signage, volunteers and security personnel available for guidance.
A drop-off area for accessible seating will be available until 5:45 p.m. in the Turner parking lot, in front of the doors to Turner Gym, where an elevator can be taken to the 3rd floor gymnasium. Accessible parking will be available in the Turner lot, in spaces near the same doors to Turner.
A drop-off area for accessible seating will be available until 8:45 a.m. Accessible parking lots are located near Carnegie Hall, Hopwood Hall, and the Psychology Building, and drop off is also available at Dillard Circle.
Once parking capacity has been reached on campus, the main entrance to the University will remain open only for accessible drop off and VIP. All other traffic will be routed to the intersection of Lakeside Drive and College Drive. Security personnel and signage will provide direction to the Hornet lot (the old Thomas Road Baptist Church lot – 701 Thomas Road).
Graduate Commencement – guest tickets and waitlist:
Graduate students will receive guest tickets through the Office of Graduate Studies. Ticket distribution information will be shared in the spring semester to all students who have completed the application to graduate form. If you have questions please contact . Should you need accessible seating for guests with disabilities or mobility limitations, please request those in advance in a reserved seating area (see Accessibility/Disability Information).
Adequate seating on the Dell is provided for families and friends on a first-come-first served basis. Feel free to bring a bag chair or blanket in case you need it and/or want to move around on the Dell.
Should you need accessible seating for guests with disabilities or mobility limitations, please request those in advance in a reserved seating area (see Accessibility/Disability Information).
In the event of inclement weather, Commencement may be moved indoors to Turner Gymnasium (see Inclement Weather), where indoor seating will be limited and will require tickets for admission. Should weather force the Undergraduate commencement exercises indoors to Turner Gymnasium, each candidate for graduation will be provided with two (2) tickets for guests, previously distributed at the Capn’ It Off event.
For those undergraduate candidates who did not obtain their tickets there, your tickets will be available for pick up at the the Registrar’s Office (4th floor, Hall Campus Center) anytime M-F 8:30 a.m to 5 p.m.
Additional Viewing Locations with Live Video Feed
A livestream of Commencement will be available online at www.lynchburg.edu and in the following locations for each ceremony.
Sydnor Performance Hall, Schewel Hall
Memorial Ballroom, Hall Campus Center
Sydnor Performance Hall, Schewel Hall
Graduate check-in will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday under a tent on Shellenberger Field. You must arrive no later than 5 p.m. to walk in graduation.
The doors of Turner Gymnasium will open at 5 p.m. Please encourage your guests to arrive at that time.
Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday at Snidow Chapel. You must arrive no later than 8 a.m. to be in the Commencement procession.
Your diploma will be mailed to you via certified mail within 4-6 weeks following Commencement. As the day draws closer, we will give you several opportunities to update your address or let us know the best place to mail your diploma.
You will receive a portfolio as you cross the stage and return to your seats for the rest of the ceremony. Diplomas will be distributed to you 30 minutes after the ceremony in the Memorial Ballroom, Hall Campus Center
EMTs and a first-aid station will be available at both Commencement ceremonies. At other times Campus Safety and Security and Lynchburg EMS will be available for assistance by calling 434.544.5555.
The University makes every effort to hold Commencement outside on the Dell – rain or shine. Only severe weather (thunder, lightning, or other dangerous conditions) will bring the graduate exercises indoors to Turner Gymnasium. Should the University implement the inclement weather plan, tickets (2 per graduate) will be required for the indoor ceremony. Additional viewing locations with live video feeds are provided. These locations are listed above.
If the weather on Commencement morning is questionable, the decision to remain outside on the Dell or move inside to Turner Gymnasium will be made by the President by 5:30 a.m. At that time, we will announce whether the activities will remain outside and on-time or move forward with Plan A or Plan B, detailed below.
- Rain delay. Commencement will remain outside on the Dell and begin two hours later, at 11 a.m.
- Move inside. Commencement will move inside to Turner Gymnasium and begin three hours later, at 12 p.m.
- Guest tickets required.
- If the ceremony moves indoors, there will be no processional of degree candidates; instead candidates must be seated by 10:30 a.m.
- Doors will open to guests at 11 a.m.
- Faculty will process as usual.
Weather announcements/changes will be posted to the University website and social media channels.