Individuals in isolation, quarantine or who are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 may not attend. The university closely monitors the public health situation in our region regarding COVID-19 and reserves the right to adapt protocols and mitigation strategies as it deems necessary.

Handicap permit parking is available in Lot B. The entire experience is handicap-accessible. Guests with limited mobility should make arrangements for assistance around campus and bring any necessary equipment. There will be no golf cart shuttles or wheelchairs available.

A sign language interpreter will be available all day long in front of the commencement stage.

A first-aid station will be available on the Great Lawn to provide basic first-aid support and triage medical incidents.

Everyone should plan to wear comfortable shoes – there will be a lot of walking. We suggest that graduates wear lightweight business or business-casual attire under their robes.

There is not a specific dress code for guests. We encourage Christopher Newport colors or spirit gear!

Please wear sunscreen.

The deadline for ordering your cap and gown is March 17, 2022.

There are two options this year for ordering:

  • Option 1
    • Ship directly to the graduate
    • Money is due to Jostens when order is placed
    • There is a shipping charge
    • Ships within five weeks of ordering
  • Option 2
    • Pre-order on the Jostens website
    • Ships to the store (no shipping charge)
    • Money is due at pick up
    • Arrives in store the week of April 25

  • Your regalia, to include your robe, hood and, if you have them already, any stoles or cords you earned.
    • If something didn't arrive for your regalia, you don't have it, lost something, etc., the Captains Locker is open Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please call them at (757) 599-5170.
  • Your name card you received at rehearsal.
  • If you earned Latin Honors, but were unable to attend the ceremony on Friday morning, medallions will be available for pick up on York River Lawn.
  • Bring your penny, but don't worry, if you can't find it, we'll have more at the fountain.
  • A water bottle.

Please do not bring:

  • Pets – no matter what size, unless they are a service animal.
  • Things that are heavy/bulky, there's a lot of walking and that would make for a lot of carrying.
  • The coronavirus.
  • Drones.
  • Outside food, alcohol, firearms or weapons.

If you are in the silver block in the morning, and you plan to participate in the processional, please arrive on the York River Lawn by 8:10 a.m.

If you are in the blue block in the afternoon, and you plan to participate in the processional, please arrive on the York River Lawn by 1:30 p.m.

If you don't know what block you are in, check for your college on the schedule.

Please note: If you do not wish to participate in the processional, you should arrive to campus at least 15-20 mins prior to your appointment time (the time you signed up for to walk across the stage).

If you have to pick up any honor cords, stoles or medallions, we suggest you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment time.

You will cross the stage approximately 8-10 minutes after you check-in, depending on how quickly the people in front of you move along. You can complete any of the experiences on the Great Lawn in whichever order you choose, but you must arrive to the Grad Walk your scheduled time. You do not have to complete all of the experiences or stay on campus the entire block. Choose your own adventure!

Please give any guests who plan to watch via the livestream the link below and advise them of the your college's stage time. From the time of your scheduled Grad Walk appointment, it should take you approximately 8-10 minutes to get to the stage, depending on how quickly the parties in front of you move through. You may want to have someone in your on-campus party text your guests watching from afar when you reach the back of Christopher Newport Hall so they know to watch for you.

The livestream link will be active on Saturday, May 14 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

If you have any questions, please contact University Events at

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