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Liberty prepares for more than 34,000 people at Commencement 2014Liberty will honor 17,840 graduates May 10, 2014

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With Commencement weekend just around the corner, Liberty University is preparing to welcome more than 34,000 guests and celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2014. Liberty will honor 17,840 graduates from its residential and online programs. Close to 6,200 will be participating in the Commencement exercises.

Watch Events Live

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

View the full Commencement schedule.

Baccalaureate and Friday Events

Commencement Check-In begins at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 9, and continues until 4 p.m. at the LaHaye Student Union. All graduates are required to check in. There they will receive information about graduation events, receive their graduate gift, and pick up reader cards for their degree presentation ceremony. Students receiving honors may also pick up their university medallion or honor cord, to be worn at Commencement and degree presentation ceremonies on Saturday. Those graduates receiving departmental honors must pick up their cords or medallions from individual departments by 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Please contact departments directly with any specific questions.

Special events will be taking place throughout the day. There is a Graduate Reception for online and residential students from 2-4 p.m. at Williams Stadium on the concourse level, where graduates and their families are welcome to enjoy food, fun, and an opportunity to interact with members of Liberty’s faculty and administration.

Liberty will host its annual Baccalaureate service beginning at 6 p.m. in the Vines Center with acclaimed author and Christian intellectual Eric Metaxas delivering the keynote address. During this time of spiritual reflection, guests will worship and pray together and hear from some of Liberty’s premier music groups.

Military Events

Special events are also planned Friday for military graduates; at 10 a.m. in Towns-Alumni Lecture Hall there will be an Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony. The Air Force ROTC Commissioning Ceremony will start at 3 p.m. in the same room.

Following the Baccalaureate service, Liberty’s annual Military Graduate Recognition Ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Vines Center. Each military graduate will be presented with a challenge coin.

Graduation and Saturday Events

Liberty’s 41st Commencement ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, May 10. Graduates will hear from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, the keynote speaker, as well as President Jerry Falwell. Graduates should plan to arrive by 7:30 a.m. at the Williams Stadium practice fields and the processional begins at 8:45 a.m.

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Following the main ceremony, graduates will be recognized at separate 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.


Guests can refer to the interactive map to find their way to the events they plan to attend.