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Commencement Ceremony

Commencement Ceremony 2018

On Saturday, May 5, 2018, over 150 eager graduates and their family and friends gathered in celebration of Virginia International University’s 13th Annual Commencement Ceremony. The ceremony this year highlighted the student’s talents and hard work.


Commencement Ceremony 2019

Virginia International University’s 14th Commencement Ceremony will take place on May 4, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA 20110

Read more about the graduation process.

Please submit a 8-10 second video message to your graduate that will be played at graduation.

Academic graduates who wish to receive their diplomas on stage must wear caps and gowns appropriate for their programs of study. Caps and gowns will be available to purchase online starting in Fall 2018. The Student Affairs Department will update students on those exact dates then. Please keep in mind that regalia ordering and shipping takes up to 5 weeks. Please order them in a timely manner. Order your regalia online.

Before ordering your regalia, please make sure to follow this “how to guide” to make sure you order the correct regalia. If you are an undergraduate student, you need to order the gown and a tassel. If you are a graduate student, you need to order the gown, tassel, and hood. The tassel and hood color correspond with your school program.

ESL and TOEFL completers should wear formal or business attire to the ceremony.

Students participating in graduation will be given a limited number of tickets for their guests. The Student Affairs Department will announce ticket pick up dates in Spring 2019.

Students are responsible for writing their own invitation letter to send their parents, friends and family. Please click here to download a graduation invitation letter to use. You will need to write a graduation invitation letter for each person you are inviting to graduation. Please note, the graduation invitation letter is not a ticket to get into the graduation ceremony.
To assist with the visa process for your family and friends, we recommend that you do the following:

  1. Write, sign and print the graduation invitation letter
  2. Request a status letter from the registrar’s office
  3. Optional: print unofficial transcript

Professional photographers will be taking pictures throughout the ceremony. Following the ceremony, VIU backdrops will be provided outside of the venue for graduates to take pictures with friends, family and faculty. Photos from the commencement ceremony will be available online here. All degree conferring ceremony pictures will be available online here.

For those unavailable to attend, a live feed of the commencement ceremony is available on VIU’s website at A video of the entire ceremony will be uploaded on VIU’s YouTube channel (@ VirginiaIU) within two weeks of the event.