Limited special needs seating is available. This seating is reserved for guests who have a medical reason to be out of the sun or require the assistance of a sign language interpreter. Because seating in this area is limited, only one individual may sit with the special needs guest. Be sure to arrive early for special needs seating. Should Commencement be moved indoors, both the special needs guest and the assisting individual must have a rain ticket.
The Great Lawn is a flat surface and is wheelchair accessible, therefore those with limited mobility do not need special needs access, but can sit in the regular seating on the Great Lawn. Drop off is available between York River and the David Student Union for those guests who need to be dropped off. Please follow posted signs.
Please send requests for special seating to email@example.com. Call (757) 594-8061 if you have any questions.
If it rains, Commencement will still be held outdoors, so please bring your rain gear. In the case of extreme inclement weather, we will implement the rain plan and the ceremony will be moved to the Freeman Center.
You may purchase your cap and gown from the Captains Locker (757) 599-5170. You must place your order by April 3 in order to receive your cap and gown in time for commencement.
Graduation registration opens on April 1. All students must register in order to graduate.
All graduating students should have filled out an Intent to Graduate form during the second semester of their junior year. If you have a question about your status to graduate, please contact the Office of the Registrar at (757) 594-7155.
The Captain's Locker will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, May 12 and from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 13. The Captains Locker will be closed Sunday, May 14.
Guests are welcome to take pictures from their seats and open areas on the lawn. Please stay behind posted stanchions and police / security personnel.
A professional photograph from Candid Color will be taken of each graduate as the president presents his or her diploma. Please allow approximately 10 days after the graduation for images to be posted on the Candid Color website. Click on Graduation Day, and then enter the code CNUG17. A 43-mm proof and all ordering information will be sent to the graduate’s permanent address on file at the University.
The ceremony will be professionally filmed. You can purchase a commencement DVD for a tax-deductible donation of $50. Please call the Office of University Advancement at (757) 594-7179 for more information.