Military Graduation 2018

Congratulations to the Class of 2018! 

In recognition of the unique sacrifices made by military service members, veterans, and their spouses, we are offering two separate ceremonies to honor those that have completed their degree requirements and will walk in Commencement as the Class of 2018. Graduating service members and veterans will be honored at the Military Graduate Recognition Ceremony and graduating military spouses will be honored at the Military Spouse Graduate Recognition Ceremony. Families of military graduates, as well as military staff and faculty from Liberty University, are invited to attend to celebrate the achievements of these military graduates.

If you are a graduating student, we ask that you please RSVP to your ceremony using the link provided below.

Military Spouse Graduate Recognition Ceremony

This ceremony will recognize military spouses graduating from Liberty University.

Date: Friday, May 18
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Center for Music and the Worship Arts, Concert Hall

The RSVP has now closed.*

All graduating military spouses will be presented with a unique commemorative coin designed with military spouses in mind.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Laurel Shaler, a licensed social worker and national certified counselor who serves as the Director of the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling program at Liberty University, will deliver the keynote address. She is a former social worker for the Department of Veterans Affairs, has published several articles related to military service members and spouses, and served as guest editor for the special issue on religious and spiritually-oriented interventions with veterans and military populations published by the Journal of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work. Dr. Shaler is married to Lt. Nick Shaler, who was formally enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  They have a one year daughter. Dr. Shaler writes and speaks on faith, culture, and emotional well-being, and is the author of “Reclaiming Sanity: Hope and Healing for Trauma, Stress, and Overwhelming Life Event.” You can learn more on her website at

Military Graduate Recognition Ceremony

This ceremony will recognize service members and veterans graduating from Liberty University.

Date: Friday, May 18
Time: 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Vines Center

The RSVP has now closed.*

All graduating military service members and veterans will be presented with a commemorative coin, a cherished tradition at Liberty University.

Keynote Speaker: Retired Chaplain (Colonel) Steven E. Keith, U.S. Air Force, will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Keith is the former Director of the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Center, and the former Commandant of the Air Force Chaplain Corps College. He has served in 19 assignments worldwide and deployed several times to the Middle East, most notably to Iraq where he received the Bronze Star for exceptional ministry while under fire in 2004. Dr. Keith retired from the military in 2014 and now serves as the Director of the Center for Chaplaincy at Liberty University, as well as the Professor of Chaplaincy in the School of Divinity. Further, Dr. Keith serves as the Chaplain Endorser of Liberty Baptist Fellowship, endorsing over 400 chaplains to the U.S. Military. Finally, he serves as a chaplain for Operation Heal Our Patriots, a ministry of Samaritan's Purse for our military veterans.

*If you did not get a chance to RSVP, we'd still love to see you at the ceremony! Please be sure to arrive early to be seated with the graduates before the ceremony starts. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I RSVP to my ceremony?

Only graduates planning to attend one of the recognition ceremonies are required to RSVP. To submit your RSVP, you will need to click the link for your ceremony and fill out the survey completely. After the last question is answered, your RSVP will be automatically submitted. You will not receive a confirmation email, but we will be notified of your attendance and will be looking forward to seeing you there!

How do my friends and family RSVP to my ceremony?

When you RSVP to your ceremony as a participating graduate, you will be asked how many guests will be attending with you. Friends and family members should not fill out a separate RSVP unless they are also a graduating military student planning to participate in one of the recognition ceremonies.

Can my family sit with me at my ceremony?

At each ceremony, the graduates will be seated together to receive their challenge coin. Families are welcome at both ceremonies and will have their own reserved section for seating.

What should I wear to my ceremony?

The attire for both recognition ceremonies is business casual. Participating graduates may wear business casual, appropriate military dress uniforms, or full graduation regalia (cap and gown). 

Will I receive a military cord?

Graduating service members and veterans can pick up their military graduate cord at Graduate Check-In. Graduating military spouses do not receive a military graduate cord, as they are reserved for service members and veterans. Visit or email for more information about the check-in process and where to pick-up your cord.

What accommodations for food/restroom will be available at my ceremony?

Each ceremony will have restrooms available on site for your convenience or if you need to change your clothes before/after the ceremony.

Please note that the Military Spouse Graduate Recognition Ceremony begins promptly at 10:00 a.m., so you will need to make arrangements to arrive on campus before then. The Military Graduate Recognition Ceremony is directly following the Baccalaureate service later that evening at 7:30 p.m. Due to the time(s) of your specific ceremony, you may want to schedule time to eat either before or after your ceremony. There are several on-campus dining options available, which you can explore on the Liberty Dining website. Please note that food and drink is strictly prohibited in the Concert Hall and will not be allowed in the Military Spouse Graduate Recognition Ceremony venue.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

If you have any other questions regarding the military recognition ceremonies, please email

Share your #LUMilGrad Story!

Update: All of the stories collected have been published to the #LUMilGrad 2018 photo album on Facebook. Thank you to everyone who participated!

If you are a 2018 military graduate, you can still share your story! Leave your photo and message in the comments section of the #LUMilGrad 2018 photo album on Facebook, and/or share your story on Twitter and Instagram using #LUMilGrad to join the celebration. Congratulations to all our graduates!

It is an exciting time of year as we look forward to celebrating a major milestone for thousands of military students who are completing their degrees this academic year. Whether you are planning to visit campus in May to attend Commencement or not, we would love to highlight your accomplishments in the weeks and months leading up to this momentous occasion. Here's how you can participate!

What - Let us share your success story on social media, in an upcoming military student newsletter, or on the Military Affairs website.

Who - Graduating military students, including service members, veterans, and military spouses, who will be walking in Commencement or receiving their degree in the 2017-2018 school year can participate.

How - Please send the following information to

  • Name and Student ID
  • Degree you are receiving
  • Military Information (branch of service, military status, rank if applicable, etc.)
  • A quick encouraging word to military students who are still working on their degree
  • Anything else you want us to know about your journey to graduation
  • A high quality photo of yourself in civilian attire (due to DoD regulations, images containing military uniforms cannot be used)

Please note these activities will focus on the Class of 2018. If you will not be completing your degree until the Fall 2018 semester or later, we will look forward to including you in next year’s graduation celebrations. 

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to stay connected after graduation. Visit the Military Affairs Homepage for more information on military students at Liberty University.

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