September 24, 2022

Drizzly Weather Couldn’t Dampen UMW Commencement

Rain fell relentlessly over the Fredericksburg region this morning, but at the University of Mary Washington’s 111th Commencement, a rainbow of umbrellas signaled bright skies ahead for nearly 1,200 graduates. Back on Ball Circle for the first time in three years, the signature ceremony marked the culmination of years’ worth of work by students earning […]

UMW Graduates Class of 2022

The University of Mary Washington conferred undergraduate and graduate degrees upon a total of 1,163 students during its 111th Commencement ceremony, held on Saturday, May 7, at 9 a.m. on Ball Circle. The University awarded three Master of Geospatial Analysis degrees, 34 Master of Business Administration degrees, 62 Master of Education degrees, 47 Master of […]

Students, Professor Win Top-of-the-Class Awards

The University of Mary Washington honored two graduates, Sally Burkley and Vanessa Fickes, with the Colgate W. Darden Jr. Award for earning the highest grade-point average (GPA) in the undergraduate program. The awards were among the top honors presented at the University’s 111th Commencement ceremony, held on Ball Circle on Saturday, May 7. In addition, […]

UMW Bestows Emeritus Honors on Faculty, Administrators

Faculty members who have served the University of Mary Washington for at least 15 years and who have attained the rank of professor or associate professor are eligible to be considered for emeritus status. This honor, by action of the Board of Visitors, is bestowed this year upon the following distinguished member of the faculty. […]

Class of 2022: Stellar Student Stories, Part 3 of 3

The Class of 2022 began freshman year like any other, swept up in longstanding University of Mary Washington traditions like Move-In Day, Eagle Gathering and Honor Convocation. That all changed when they were sophomores. Classes went online, study abroad trips were postponed and everything – activities, internships and volunteer experiences – became virtual. But these […]

Class of 2022: Stellar Student Stories, Part 2 of 3

The Class of 2022 began freshman year like any other, swept up in longstanding University of Mary Washington traditions like Move-In Day, Eagle Gathering and Honor Convocation. That all changed when they were sophomores. Classes went online, study abroad trips were postponed and everything – activities, internships and volunteer experiences – became virtual. But these […]

Class of 2022: Stellar Student Stories, Part 1 of 3

The Class of 2022 began freshman year like any other, swept up in longstanding University of Mary Washington traditions like Move-In Day, Eagle Gathering and Honor Convocation. That all changed when they were sophomores. Classes went online, study abroad trips were postponed and everything – activities, internships and volunteer experiences – became virtual. But these […]

Commencement is Right Around the Corner

With final exams wrapping up tomorrow and the academic year winding down, we’re counting the hours to the big day.

On Saturday, May 7 – after postponed dates, changing locations, social distancing and other turmoil caused by COVID for the past couple years – Commencement is back on Ball Circle!

More than 5,000 folding chairs will be set up on the site, the center of campus life, for UMW’s 111th Commencement, which celebrates finishing students from both undergraduate and graduate programs in a single ceremony.

Sheila Shadmand ’95, a partner at Jones Day, one of the world’s largest law firms, and a trailblazer for women in the Middle East, will be the speaker. Among her achievements, Shadmand received a juris doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1998, UMW’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2010, and a spot in Global Investigations Review’s top 100 “Women in Investigations” last year.

The Commencement field opens Saturday morning at 7. Graduates begin arriving at 8. And at 9, it’s showtime! The moment the entire UMW community works and waits for all year. Time to celebrate the Class of 2022! Time for our Eagles to fly!

Learn more about the May 7 festivities by visiting the Commencement website.

At this time, masks are optional in all outdoor spaces on UMW’s campuses. During Commencement exercises, the choice to wear a mask is up to each individual based on their own assessment of the environment and comfort.

Pandemic Delayed, Couldn’t Stop, UMW 2020 Commencement

Hannah Manning ’20, M.Ed. ’21, woke up with a nervous excitement. “Like I was getting ready to give a speech,” she said, posing for photos yesterday morning with fellow University of Mary Washington College of Education (COE) students Savannah Rowland and Alexandra Cooper. “It feels good to finally be doing this.” In less than two […]

Pandemic-Era Commencement Holds A Number of Highlights

What a year … and 52 days! But who’s counting? With University of Mary Washington Commencement ceremonies for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 taking place today through Sunday, we are. When UMW paused in-person learning last spring, amid a growing pandemic, campus life as we knew it was thrown off kilter. Amid the disruption, […]