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Alumna Shannon Bream will address graduates

Liberty University’s 40th Commencement is quickly approaching, and more than 30,000 people are expected on campus, marking the largest attendance yet. This year’s speaker, Fox News Reporter Shannon Bream, is Liberty’s first-ever female speaker, and the first alumnus to address graduates since the university became accredited in 1980.

Bream’s success is a testament to her hard work and integrity, and the university is honored to have her back on campus. She is a great example of what being a Liberty alumnus means, taking superior skills, integrity, and Christian character into a secular field.

This May’s graduates will join a network of more than 70,000 alumni who are working to change the world for Jesus Christ. In nearly every profession today, a Liberty diploma goes a long way. Right now, our graduates serve in more than 85 countries and all 50 U.S. states, making an eternal impact across the globe.

The Liberty family will celebrate and honor the hard work of the Class of 2013 on May 10-11, and many activities are planned for the graduates and their families.

Friday Events

The weekend begins at Commencement Check-In on Friday, May 10, where graduates will receive their name cards, honor cords, and graduate gift. They may also have their picture taken by GradImages, give a brick to the Jerry Falwell Library, and donate to the 2013 Class Gift

The military graduates who are part of the Army and Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) will have separate commissioning ceremonies on Friday, as a new generation of military leaders will be commissioned as second lieutenants. 

Both Liberty resident students and Liberty University Online students will attend receptions in their honor. Graduates and their guests can snack on hors d'oeuvres while they connect with classmates and professors. The Residential Reception will be from 10 a.m.-noon, and the Liberty Online Reception will be from 2-4 p.m.

On Friday evening, May 10, famed Christian apologist Dr. Ravi Zacharias will address graduates and their families at the Baccalaureate Service. The service begins at 6 p.m. and will also include music from the Sounds of Liberty and the Chamber Singers.

Immediately following Baccalaureate is the second-annual Military Graduate Recognition Ceremony. This event will honor military service members, veterans, and their families, commemorating their academic and military accomplishments. With more than 20,000 military students, Liberty is known as one of the nation’s most military-friendly universities.

Saturday Events

The Commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. in Williams Stadium. More than 7,000 graduates will participate.  

After Commencement, graduates will be recognized at school-, program-, or college-specific Degree Presentation Ceremonies. This is a special time for graduates to hear from their department faculty while being challenged to make a difference in their field.


Check out the interactive Commencement Map to find your way to the events you plan to attend. 

Watch Events Live

Individuals who would like to watch Baccalaureate or Commencement, but are unable to attend, may stream the ceremonies live online using thse links.

Watch Baccalaureate service - 6 p.m., Friday, May 10

Watch Commencement ceremony - 10 a.m., Saturday, May 11.