Family & Guests

Event Schedule
Commencement will be held at the David J. Prior Convocation Center at 437 Stadium Drive, Wise, VA. Gates will open for family and guest seating at 8:30 a.m. The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours. Please review the full schedule of events.

Accessibility Services
Graduates and guests in need of accessible services, including ASL services, should contact the Office of Disability Services at by Friday, April 28. Accessible seating is available on a first come, first serve basis in the upper mezzanine and on the floor. Ushers will provide direction to designated accessible seating areas.

The UVA Wise Bookstore is open each weekday from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on the first floor of the Slemp Student Center. It will also be open in the Slemp Student Center before the ceremony from 8:00-9:30 a.m. and after from noon-2:00 p.m. Additionally, the Campus Store in the DJP Convocation Center will be open from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Health & Safety
Given current guidelines, face masks are required for all indoor campus spaces and events. UVA Wise will have masks available for guests that desire one. Refer back to this page for updates closer to the event date.

Commencement will be livestreamed via a link on the UVA Wise Facebook page and this website. A video link will also be made available on this website a few days after the event.

Lodging & Directions
View lodging options, area restaurants and attractions. Directions to campus and a campus map are also available.

UVA Wise has contracted with Grad Images to provide professional graduation photos of each student. A photo proof and order form will be emailed to graduates after Commencement. For more information, visit GradImages or call 1-800-261-2576.

Programs & Booklets
Commencement programs will be provided for all families and guests upon entrance to the DJP Convocation Center. Graduating students will also receive a copy during the ceremony.

Tickets are not required for Commencement. Guest seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Please visit for additional information about events and projects in the Town of Wise that may impact travel.

In the event of severe weather that appears likely to impact the ceremony, regular updates will be provided to graduating students and employees via email. Any updates or changes will also be available on this website and on College social media.