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On May 9, Liberty University will celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2015 during its 42nd annual Commencement Exercises. More than 17,500 degrees will be awarded. The university is preparing for an expected 34,000 guests at the main ceremony at Williams Stadium.

More than 7,700 master’s degrees and over 500 doctoral degrees will be awarded, including 60 degrees from Liberty University School of Law. Liberty will recognize over 5,400 graduates who are active military, veterans, or spouses of service members.

Baccalaureate and Commencement

Commencement will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 9. This year’s keynote Commencement speaker will be former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Baccalaureate is slated for 6 p.m. on Friday, May 8, in the Vines Center with O.S. Hawkins, president and CEO of the world’s largest Christian-based mutual fund, delivering the main address. Special ceremonies are also scheduled to honor graduates who are in the military, veterans, and spouses of service members. See the full Commencement schedule.

Class of 2015 demographics

Watch Events Live

If you would like to watch Baccalaureate or Commencement, but are unable to attend, you may stream the ceremonies live online using the following links:

Many graduates were able to fulfill their dream of earning a degree thanks to Liberty’s online education programs. The average age of this year’s graduating class is 36, and 86 percent of graduates earned their degree online.

The top states represented at this year’s Commencement are Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, California, Ohio, and Maryland. The Class of 2015 represents a diverse range of backgrounds: the top countries represented (after the U.S.) are Canada, Korea, Nigeria, Japan, China, Germany, Ghana, and the United Kingdom.

This year, there are 4,800 graduates receiving honors distinction, with over 1,000 graduating with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Top majors for the class of 2015

The top five majors of the graduating class are:

Top 5 Resident, undergraduate majors

  1. Business
  2. Psychology
  3. Nursing
  4. Communication Studies
  5. Criminal Justice

Top 5 Online, undergraduate majors

  1. Psychology
  2. Interdisciplinary Studies
  3. Religion
  4. Business
  5. Criminal Justice

Top 5 Resident, graduate majors

  1. M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  2. Master in Public Health
  3. M.A. Human Services
  4. Master of Business Administration
  5. Master of Divinity

Top 5 Online, graduate majors

  1. M.A. Human Services
  2. Master of Business Administration
  3. M.A. Professional Counseling
  4. Master of Education
  5. Master of Arts Management & Leadership

For visitor information, a campus map, and other useful information, visit the Commencement webpage.