Commencement Information

Dear Seniors,

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With the number of days until Graduation weekend beginning to get smaller, we are now rounding out our JMU experience with finals, finishing off our bucket list and making sure to say thank you and goodbye to everyone who has made an impact on us at JMU. And, let’s be honest, that seems to be almost everyone we meet at JMU!

All of these little to-dos are leading up to the big to-do, Graduation Weekend. One of the main events is the University Commencement Ceremony, which will be taking place on May 9th at 3 PM in Bridgeforth Stadium. The event has been constructed to be a culmination of all your Madison Experiences into one ceremony. It is going to be an incredibly meaningful ceremony to share with your friends, family and guests.


We now want to give you a glimpse of the ceremony by sharing the program.

What: May 2014 University Commencement Ceremony

When: Friday, May 9th, 2014 3 PM

Where: Bridgeforth Stadium


Entering: Stadium doors opening at 1:30 PM

Graduating Seniors, wearing full regalia, enter through student entrances of Bridgeforth Stadium, Entrance D. You will gather with your friends under the end-zone bleachers, then ushers will escort you to the seats on the field in groups.  You will sit with your friends, not by college or major.



Come early to view the Senior Experience video, possibly see your cap decoration on the screen and view some pictures from our years here at JMU. You also may be enticed to come early as a guest in order to make sure you find seating closer to the field.

Parents and guests enter through entrances A and C of the stadium.  Doors open at 1:30 p.m. There is plenty of seating and no tickets are required or issued.

Plenty of parking is available all throughout campus as the university is closing at 1 p.m. on Friday to open up the parking lots.  There are also many HDPT buses and JMU shuttles running from all the hotels, off-campus apartment complexes and other locations.  Check the commencement website ( for the schedules.


Program: Beginning at 3 PM

JMU faculty, the Board of Visitors, administrators and program speakers will process to into the Stadium with music performed by the JMU Wind Symphony. Then, the Star-Spangled Banner will be performed by JMU’s a cappella seniors as a special treat for the audience and the seniors performing their last song as students.

President Alger will then address the graduates and guests, congratulating the class of 2014 on their accomplishments and conferring degrees.

Student Body President, Jake Jedlicka, will introduce the Student Graduation Speaker, Rebecca Lamb, graduating with a degree in International Affairs, who will give the Student address.

Senior Class President, Alicia Pettis, will next introduce the Faculty Graduation Speaker, Professor Rustin Greene of the School of Media Arts and Design, who will give the Faculty address.  A special thank you to the senior class for being a part of the process for honoring Professor Greene with the opportunity to be the first Faculty Graduation Speaker.

President Alger will then recognize and congratulate the Valedictorian, Ms. Melissa Lynna Von Wald for her outstanding achievement.

Ms. Jamie Jones Miller, President of the JMU Alumni Association Board, will give the Alumni address, welcoming the Class of 2014 into the larger JMU Nation. During this time Student Donors will be recognized.

President Alger will introduce the keynote speaker, Mr. Matt Wasniewski (’91, ’94 M), who will give the commencement address. His bio can be found here:

As the finale to the ceremony, we will then be led in the new addition to Commencement, the throwing of streamers as the JMU fight song plays in the background.

After the ceremony has ended, graduates and their guests are invited to meet at Godwin Field for an “After Commencement Celebration” complete with refreshments and the ability to avoid the campus traffic for a little while. You may have your photo taken with 3 versions of the Duke Dog – the enormous inflatable used at football games, a smaller 6’ inflatable and our LIVE Duke Dog mascot!  The JMU Alumni Association, Athletic Department and the Duke Club will be handing out information and gifts.  It’s a great chance to introduce your friends to family, take great photos and relax before the craziness of Saturday. The ceremony will end at 6 p.m.

We hope this provides you with a vision for what the May 9th University Commencement Ceremony might entail.

JMU roommates walk towards Wilson

We then move on to the program for Saturday…


What: College Ceremonies

When: Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 9 AM

College of Arts and Letters Ceremony at The Quadrangle (approx. 1.5 hours)

College of Business Ceremony at The Convocation Center
(approx. 1.5 hours)

College of Education and University Studies Ceremony at Godwin Hall

(approx. 1.5 hours)

College of Health and Behavioral Studies Ceremony at Bridgeforth Stadium 
(approx. 1 hour, 50 minutes)

College of Integrated Science and Engineering Ceremony at UREC East Campus Fields 
(approx. 1 hour)

College of Science and Mathematics Ceremony at Alumni Centennial Park

(approx. 1.5 hours)

College of Visual and Performing Arts Ceremony at Duke Hall Lawn (approx. 1.5 hours)


Plenty of parking is available all throughout campus and in the parking decks. There are also many HDPT buses and JMU shuttles running from all the hotels, off-campus apartment complexes and other locations.  Check the commencement website ( for the schedules.

Please go to for any questions you may have or send an email to

For more updates please visit & join the facebook event:


We hope to see you at the University Commencement & the College Ceremonies!

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