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Commencement Information

We thank you for selecting Germanna in the pursuit of your educational goals and we look forward to acknowledging your achievement at the upcoming commencement ceremony. We hope the following information will prove helpful as you prepare for this celebration of your accomplishments.

Commencement FAQs

  • Date & location

    Date & location

    Commencement will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at  7 p.m. on the campus of University of Mary Washington in the Anderson Center,


    1301 College Avenue
    Fredericksburg, VA  22401.

    The Anderson Center is located on the corner of Route 1 and College Avenue.

  • Parking


    Guests and graduates are invited to park in any parking lot or space on campus provided it is not marked as a reserved space for special guests or a reserved space or lot for handicapped parking.

    You may also find parking on the side streets near campus and on College Avenue but be careful not to park where it is marked as residential permit parking.

    There will be two Germanna passenger vans available to shuttle guests, faculty, and staff to and from the parking areas before and after the ceremony.

    There will be a handicap “drop off” area in the parking lot in front of the Anderson Center off of College Avenue.

  • Confirmation of participation

    Confirmation of participation

    If you are participating in the ceremony you must send an email to by no later than Friday, April 24, 2020. Simply email your name, student ID#, and that you will be attending.

    If you have special needs please let us know in the same email.

  • Tickets & guest

    Tickets & guest

    Each graduate will be given 5 tickets for their guests.

    Admission to the ceremony

    Anyone age 2 and older must have a ticket to be admitted into the ceremony.

    Ticket pick-up

    Tickets will be available for pick up at the following locations and dates:

    FAC Dickinson Bldg. Main Lobby

    Monday, April 20, 2020, 9:00 – 5:00

    Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 9:00 – 5:00

    LGC Student Lounge

    Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 9:00 – 5:00

    Thursday, April 23, 2020, 9:00 – 5:00

    If you can not make any of these dates or times to pick up your tickets and need to pick up tickets at a Welcome Center please send an email to

    Be sure to include your student ID number and the campus you wish to pick up from.

    The ceremony will be streamed for those that cannot attend.

    Announcement cards may be purchased from the bookstore at either the Fredericksburg or the Locust Grove Campus.

  • Time


    Graduates, wearing their academic regalia, are asked to report no later than 6 p.m. to the Anderson Center.  Staff/Ushers will be available to assist with where and how to line up.

  • Dress code

    Dress code

    Students are encouraged to wear comfortable footwear as there is a lot of standing prior to the ceremony. 

  • Academic regalia

    Academic regalia

    Caps and gowns must be purchased from the College bookstore prior to commencement.  You may contact the bookstore at the Fredericksburg Campus (540) 891 – 3002 or the Locust Grove Campus (540) 423 – 9129 for additional information.

    Associate Degree graduates should purchase the cap, gown, hood, and tassel.  Certificate and Career Studies Certificate graduates should purchase the cap, gown, and tassel.

    If you would like to participate in the ceremony but need assistance with regalia please email Valerie Miller at  Please include your student ID#, how tall you are, and which campus you would like to pick it up from.

  • Honor graduates

    Honor graduates

    Graduates who have fulfilled their program requirements are eligible for graduation honors based on their cumulative grade point average, determined as follows:

    • 3.2 Cum Laude (with honor)
    • 3.5 Magna Cum Laude (with high honor)
    • 3.8 Summa Cum Laude (with highest honor)

    Eligibility for honors for those graduates completing their requirements in the ​Spring 2020 semester will be determined by using their ​Fall 2019 ​semester cumulative grade point average.

    Honor students will receive an email confirming honors. Please present this email to the bookstore in order to purchase the honor cord.

  • Phi Theta Kappa members

    Phi Theta Kappa members

    The purchase of PTK items for commencement is the PTK members responsibility.

    Purchase PTK items
  • SAGA members

    SAGA members

    Cords can be purchased directly from the bookstore.

  • Accessories


    The College will provide bobby pins and safety pins to help keep caps and gowns in place.

  • Security


    Personal belongings are the responsibility of the graduate and their guests.  Germanna nor the Anderson Center will be responsible for any missing items.

    Prohibited items

    • Alcohol
    • Air horns
    • Large or oversized umbrellas
    • Confetti and Flutterfetti
    • Silly String
    • Balloons or inflatable items, such as beach balls
    • Poles, monopods, tripods
    • Weapons: guns, ammunition, knives, box cutters
    • Leatherman or similar tools
    • Sharp and/or pointed objects (scissors, knitting needles, etc.)
    • Mace, pepper spray
    • Spray containers, aerosols, flammable liquids
    • Explosives, fireworks, laser lights, laser pointers
    • Unopened packages
    • Signs with sticks or on poles
    • Cans, bottles, coolers
    • Streamers

    Permissible items
    (all items subject to search)

    • Flowers
    • Small umbrellas
    • Unopened water bottles as long as they are 32 oz. or smaller and sealed
    • Small hand-held still cameras and video cameras (no tripods)
    • Binoculars
    • Cell phones (must be silenced during ceremony)

    Anyone entering with prohibited items will be asked to return them to their vehicle.

  • Photography


    Germanna has partnered with GradImages to take professional photos of every graduate.  Photos will be taken of the hand shake with the President as well as a posed portrait once the diploma cover has been received.  Graduates can expect to receive proofs of their photos three to five days after the event.

    Proof pre-registration

    To pre-register to receive your proofs visit the pre-register website to receive your proofs.

    If you have any questions related to finding or ordering your photos after the event please call (800) 261 – 2576 or go visit GradImages website.

  • Processional


    Platform dignitaries, led by the President, will start the processional march, followed by Germanna College Board members, faculty and then graduate candidates.

    By 6 p.m. graduates will assemble in the area designated for their respective degrees or certificates.  Processional coordinators will align graduates in proper alphabetical order.

    Identification cards

    Upon arrival graduates will be issued an identification card indicating their name and the degree/certificate to be awarded.

    This card will be needed as you proceed across the stage to receive your diploma cover.

    Seating placement

    Processional and seating placement will be based on alphabetical order.  We ask that graduates remain in their assigned position.

    Family or friends

    No family or friends will be allowed where the graduates are lining up prior to the ceremony.

  • Recessional


    Aisle marshals will direct graduates, board members, and faculty how to recess

  • Donation of cap, gown and hood

    Donation of cap, gown and hood

    Anyone wishing to donate their cap/gown/hood for future graduates in need can drop them off at any Welcome Center.

  • Conferral and Diploma Distribution

    Conferral and Diploma Distribution

    Each row of graduates will be led to the stage by an aisle marshal.

    Upon reaching the stage each graduate will give their identification card to the Dean of Instruction.  At the center of the stage each graduate will be greeted with a handshake by the President and be presented with a diploma cover.  After shaking hands graduates are to proceed off the stage and return to their seat.

    *Note:  Alternate arrangements will be made for graduates with special needs.

    Confirmation of Graduation

    Participation in the commencement ceremony is not confirmation of graduation. Final conferral will be completed when all final grades have been posted and reviewed.

    Diplomas will be mailed to the address currently on file so if you have moved please submit a Change Form to the Welcome Center.

    Graduation is an exciting time for you and the College and we look forward to sharing this special event with you and your guests.  If you have any questions about the commencement ceremony, please email

  • Maps and directions to commencement

    Maps and directions to commencement


    1301 College Avenue
    Fredericksburg, VA 22401

    The Anderson Center is located on the corner of Route 1 and College Avenue.

    Download campus map


    From interstate 95

    Take Exit 130A (Route 3 East), and follow through five stoplights. At the sixth light, turn left onto Busi­ness Route 3 (William Street), remaining in the left lane. At the first light, turn left onto College Avenue, and the campus will be on your right. Once on College Avenue, go straight through the first stoplight, and turn rightat the second light (Route 1), Drive under the UMW Walkway and make an immediate right onto Alvey Drive. Visitor parking is located in the parking deck adjacent to the gyms.

    From route 1 north

    Follow Route 1 to Fredericksburg and UMW campus. After driving under the UMW walkway across Route 1, make the next right onto Alvey Drive. Visitor parking is located in the parking deck adjacent to the gyms.

    From route 1 south

    Follow Route 1 to Fredericksburg and UMW campus. Prior to driving under the UMW walkway across Route 1, make a left onto Alvey Drive. Visitor parking is located in the parking deck adjacent to the gyms.

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