Congratulations and Best Wishes to the Class of 2017!
Questions? Contact the Records Office at .
Rehearsal will be held in the Exhibit Hall of the Berglund Center at 2:30 PM on Friday, May 12, 2017. Please be on time and ready to begin at 2:30 PM. Graduates are required to attend. Look for signs directing you to the Exhibit Hall.
You do not need to wear your regalia to rehearsal but it is advisable to bring it with you. There will be little time to leave and return between rehearsal and the ceremony.
Gown Pick Up will be held on Wednesday, April 19th on the 3rd floor of the Student Life Center.
Try on your cap and gown as soon as you pick them up to make sure they fit. Contact the Bookstore if there are any problems. To minimize wrinkles, hang up the gown for a few days and if needed, lightly press your gown on low setting prior to graduation.
You do not have to wear your regalia for the rehearsal but you should bring it with you. Please be sure to follow the VWCC Student Regalia Policy.
Commencement will be held in the coliseum of the Berglund Center, 710 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA 24016, on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 6:30 PM.
There is no restriction or limit on the amount of guests you may invite. We do not use tickets for this event.
Graduates are to be at the Exhibit Hall at the Berglund Center by 5:30 PM in academic regalia, with line-up beginning at 6:00 PM.
Please advise guests to plan to arrive early as there will be a bag check prior to entry. Doors at the Berglund Center will open at 5:00 PM. The Commencement Ceremony will begin promptly at 6:30 PM and last approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
Do not carry extra objects with you. Lock purses and valuables in the trunk of your car.
See the ADA Policies of the Berglund Center for special considerations. Tickets are not needed in order to receive accessible seating. However, please note that all accessible seating is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Every effort will be made on the day of an event to accommodate those needing accessible seats but all such seating is based on availability.
Services are available to those attending commencement who may require specific accommodations based on a disability. These services vary. Those with need of these services are asked to contact Tara Nepper ( or 540-857-6492) by May 1, 2017.
The College will be live-streaming the 2017 Commencement Ceremony. Previous ceremonies can be viewed here.
If you are concerned your name will be mispronounced, please call 540-857-6699 by noon on Friday, May 5. You will have the opportunity to record the correct pronunciation for the dean who will read it at commencement.
Graduation announcements may be ordered through the VWCC College Bookstore and Herff Jones. Class rings and custom announcements are available from Herff Jones. To view styles and order your announcements and/or class ring, please visit: www.herffjones.com/college/graduation.
Parents and guests may take photos during the commencement ceremony. However, all photos and videos MUST be taken from the guest seating areas. No guests will be allowed to go on the civic center floor area for photography. Students, please inform your guests of this policy.
Photo Specialties of North Carolina will be present during the ceremony to take the handshake photo of the student and Dr. Sandel, president of VWCC. Photo Specialties will contact students by their VWCC student email and any photo service is strictly between the student and Photo Specialties. VWCC is not involved in this photo transaction. There will be ample opportunity for graduates and family to use the stage area for photos after the ceremony.
- Complete the Graduation Application.
- Order regalia at http://www.oakhalli.com/colleges/vwcc.
Basic regalia items for Virginia Western for the 2017 Commencement Ceremony will consist of a black gown, hood, cap, and tassel.
No honor items will be furnished by Virginia Western. Students at institutions of higher education can often be members of several honor societies. Each of these societies may offer mementoes and commencement regalia items for students to purchase.
For the 2017 ceremony, the student may wear*:
- only one (1) tassel,
- multiple honor cords,
- only one (1) medallion.
CAPS - Caps are to be worn FLAT (parallel to the floor) on your head and secured with hairpins if necessary. No tape or signs are to be on your caps.
GOWNS - Because your gowns are a dark color, graduation protocol suggests you should wear dark accessories; shoes, slacks, etc. This is to ensure a uniform appearance to the graduation ceremony and to highlight the colors of the stole, tassels, and honors you have earned.
*This year marks Virginia Western’s 50th Anniversary.
Location: Chapman Hall C107
3094 Colonial Ave. SW
Roanoke, VA 24015