Information for Students

Information for Students
Class of 2021 Commencement Weekend: May 21-23, 2021

The ceremony for Graduate Business students (those in MBA, MAcc, and MSBA programs either residential or online) will take place on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 4:00 pm ET.  A full schedule of the entire Commencement weekend is available here.  

  • All ceremonies will take place in Zable Stadium (rain or shine).
  • A traditional Walk Across Campus will precede each of the ceremonies, with degree candidates processing from the Wren Building to Zable Stadium for their graduation.
  • In case of thunder/lightning, students will graduate in Kaplan Arena, but families will need to watch virtually due to mandated occupancy restrictions indoors.
  • All ceremonies will be live-streamed for those who cannot attend in person.
Pre-Commencement Check-list

If you have not done so already, please review and complete the following pre-Commencement checklist.

  • Check Banner (, ensure your degree requirements are complete and clear any holds or fines. A hold on your account will prevent you from receiving your diploma on Commencement Day. Payments for financial holds will need to be made before 2:00 pm on Wednesday, May 19 to allow processing time and hold removal. 
  • Download the W&M Mobile app and tap W&M Grad to build a custom schedule of events, have fun with #wmgrad, and find updates, student instructions, parking, maps, the live stream and other essential information.
  • Carefully review the Information for Students. These pages include important details about the schedule, photography, disability services information, and parking.
  • Prepare your regalia and learn how to “don your hood” per this video.
  • Check your W&M email regularly.
Arrival and Arena Information
Arrival Times
  • 2:45 pm: Graduates who are participating in the Walk Across Campus assemble behind the Wren Building. (If the Thunder Plan is called, report to Kaplan Arena one hour before your scheduled ceremony start time.)
  • 3:00 pm: Gates open to Zable Stadium for guests to enter. 
  • 3:15 pm: Graduates who are not participating in the Walk Across Campus should convene outside the Sadler Center. (If the Thunder Plan is called, report to Kaplan Arena one hour before your scheduled ceremony start time.)
  • Download the 2021 parking map (pdf) to see the following recommended lots and guidelines.
  • Guests should plan to park at the Kaplan Arena lot and walk to Zable Stadium (approximately 5 minute walk or park at the parking deck on Ukrop Way and walk to Zable Stadium (approximately 10 minute walk)
  • Guests with limited mobility who display either an ADA tag or limited mobility access pass (provided electronically to the graduating student) will be permitted to drop off at the limited mobility entrance to Zable. The driver will then be directed to park in the Zable Stadium parking lot, close to the limited mobility entrance and exit. View the limited mobility Zable Stadium diagram (pdf).
  • Recommended lots and directions are also available on the W&M Mobile app when you select W&M Grad.
Commencement Ceremony Details
  • Important Ceremony Instructions are available on the W&M Commencement “Information for Graduating Students” webpage.  Please review this information carefully.
  • Regalia is required if you plan to participate in the in-person Commencement ceremony.  If you have not preordered your regalia, please stop by the William & Mary Bookstore to purchase your set: 345 Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185.  You can also call 757-221-1669 or e-mail:
  • Honor / Recognition cords -  If applicable, graduates can wear the honor or recognition cords that they received from their graduate programs during the commencement ceremony.
  • Students attending the Commencement Ceremony will cross the stage and have their name read aloud. You will receive a card that you will provide the reader.
  • When crossing the stage, students will receive an unofficial "stage diploma" that can be used for the professional photograph.

Additional important information is available at and share these links with your families and guests/friends.

Further information about the Commencement weekend can be found on the website maintained by the Office of Student Affairs at or by contacting your Raymond A. Mason School of Business Program’s office. 
Class of 2020 Commencement Weekend: Oct. 7-10, 2021


Mark your calendars because the Class of 2020 will gather for a full, in-person Commencement experience over Homecoming & Reunion Weekend, Oct. 7-10, 2021.

WM's Commencement Committee is delighted to be planning a robust weekend of celebration for your class this fall. Working closely with the William & Mary Alumni Association, the weekend will feature the signature Commencement traditions your class most wants to experience in person. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy other festivities during the weekend — for the Class of 2020 it will be a Homecoming like no other!

Here are the days on which the Commencement traditions will occur so that you and your family/guests can schedule your trip accordingly (please note that the times of these events are still being solidified):

  •  Bell Ringing: Oct. 7-9, 2021
  • Candlelight Ceremony: Oct. 8, 2021
  • Class of 2020 Dance/Social: Oct. 8, 2021
  • Walk Across Campus: Oct. 10, 2021
  • Commencement Ceremony: Oct. 10, 2021 (late morning)

A full schedule of weekend events is forthcoming.

As always, the health and well-being of our entire community is our top priority. We will continue to follow the guidance from the commonwealth for in-person gatherings to ensure that everyone can gather together safely.


Please confirm in Banner that you do not have any fines, holds, or other financial obligations outstanding that will prevent you from receiving your diploma.

Raymond A. Mason School of Business Diploma Frames are available for purchase through the W&M bookstore. 

For graduate students (MAcc, MSBA and MBA) completing their degree requirements in Spring 2021, diplomas will be available for pick-up from Alan B. Miller Hall Atrium on Friday, May 21 and Saturday, May 22.  Please reference the below pick-up schedule for your program’s assigned time slot.  You must show an official photo identification (either your W&M Student ID or a driver’s license) in order to receive your diploma. No one can pick up a diploma for another student.  Guests are not permitted in Miller Hall.  If you cannot pick-up your diploma, the University Registrar will reach out to you to confirm your mailing address for mailing.


Friday, May 21


Pick-up Window


MBA Programs (Flex MBA, Full-time MBA & Online MBA)

10:00 am to Noon


One Year Masters (MAcc, MSBA & Online MSBA)

Noon to 2:00 pm


No diploma pick-up from 2:00 pm until after ceremony concludes


MBA Programs (Flex MBA, Full-time MBA & Online MBA)

Immediately following ceremony to 8:00 pm


One Year Masters (MAcc, MSBA & Online MSBA)

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm




Saturday, May 22




All remaining graduates

10:00 am to Noon


NOTE: The University Registrar mailed diplomas to January 2021 graduates. August 2021 graduates will receive diplomas when degree requirements are completed.

Tickets and Regalia

Tickets will be sent to you electronically by Wednesday, May 19. You may then share the tickets with your guests. Each ticket scans only once, so electronic tickets may not be duplicated. Please monitor your W&M email carefully to watch for the tickets.

Important notes about the ceremony and your diploma:

  • Students attending the Commencement Ceremony will cross the stage and have their name read aloud.
  • When crossing the stage, students will receive an unofficial "commencement scroll" that can be used for the professional photograph.
  • Students who are completing their degree requirements in Spring 2021, will be able to pick up their official diploma on-campus on Friday or Saturday (May 21-22).  Graduates who completed their requirements in December of 2020 should have already received their diplomas and students who will complete their requirements after May 21, 2021 will receive their diplomas later in the summer.

Regalia is the cap, gown, hood and tassel that you will wear for Commencement. The entire package is sold through the W&M Bookstore. The W&M Bookstore is your contact for all regalia and graduation merchandise. You may also purchase class rings, announcements, diploma frames and other graduation merchandise (shipping charges may apply). You may purchase all of this online at any time.

Regalia Options and Pricing: 

There is no change in style or design between the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 regalia.

Undergraduates and Masters Degree Candidates

  • Regalia is available for purchase only there is no rental option
  • You can purchase regalia by the set (cap, gown, hood and tassel). MBA and MAcc students should select "MBA" hood (brown drab) and MSBA students should select "Master of Science" hood (gold).
  • Items will be sold separately as well (inquire with the Bookstore).
  • Cap, Gown, Hood and Tassel $98.98 + $11.00 in shipping charges
Is regalia required for Commencement Ceremonies?

Yes, regalia is required to be worn by all graduates for Commencement. 

What color is the hood supposed to be?

Raymond A. Mason School of Business MBA, MAcc, and BBA graduates wear brown (drab) hoods. MSBA students wear gold hoods.

How to put the hood on?

Donning the hood is a two-person job. For tips view a regalia video. Staff will also be on-site to help, if needed.

What should be worn with regalia?

We recommend wearing attire appropriate for the formal atmosphere of Commencement. However, remember that it is likely to be warm that day and you may not want to wear a suit coat under your regalia. Comfortable, business formal shoes are recommended since you will likely do a lot of walking.


Yes, bring your honor or recognition cords with you to wear draped over your shoulders at the commencement ceremony.

Additional Commencement 2021 Information

You can find additional information about the 2021 Commencement plans at  

Commencement information is also available in the W&M Mobile app. Download the app and tap W&M Grad to keep up with the schedule, get the latest updates from @wmgrad, browse the latest #wmGrad posts, access the university livestream and more. More information at

Contact Information
Degree Requirements and Diploma Questions:

Wendy Urbano, Office of the Registrar, 757-221-2807

Commencement General Information:

Commencement, 757-221-1236

Academic Regalia and Merchandise Questions:

William & Mary Bookstore,  757-221-1669

Information Specific to the Raymond A. Mason School of Business Events:

Flex MBA, 757-221-4300
Full-Time MBA, 757-221-2895
Master of Accounting & Master of Science in Business Analytics, 757-221-6213
Online MBA, MSBA, and Certificate in Business Analytics, 757-221-1424
Undergraduate Program, 757-221-6348