Commencement Ceremony

Commencement Ceremony 2017

On Saturday, May 6, 2017, over 300 eager graduates and their families and friends gathered in celebration of Virginia International University’s 12th Annual Commencement Ceremony. The commencement ceremony represented the extensive growth that VIU has experienced in the last few years.


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Commencement Ceremony
2017 Full Video
Commencement Ceremony
2017 Pictures
Conferring of Degrees and
Certificates Pictures

Commencement Ceremony 2018

We are excited to announce that the Commencement Ceremony for 2018 will be held at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Virginia on May 5, 2018 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Hylton Performing Arts Center
Hylton Theater
Hylton Performing Arts Center

At this exciting event, we will be honoring VIU graduates where they have the opportunity to be recognized for their achievements in front of their professors, VIU staff, fellow classmates, and family members, many of whom have traveled from their home countries to attend the event.

All students graduating Summer 2017 through Spring 2018 must fulfill all program, academic, financial, and university requirements to participate in the commencement ceremony and all requirements will be verified by your school and the Registrar’s Office. Please keep in mind that graduation is NOT automatic! It is your responsibility to notify the Registrar’s Office your intention to graduate.

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 2017. 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 2018.

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. All photos from the commencement ceremony will be available online here. In addition, the conferring of degrees photos are available 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.