Commencement 2021 FAQ
Yes. Please email email@example.com for assistance with registering if you do not have access to the RSVP system.
Students who have had their degree conferred (awarded) and wish to participate in the 2021 Ceremony do not need to submit another degree completion application or pay the degree conferral fee again, but still need to RSVP. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can assist you with the RSVP process.
All RSVP submissions and ticket requests need to be completed by March, 24.
Students will receive their diploma 4-6 weeks after their degree has been conferred by their academic evaluator upon completing all program requirements for their degree. If you have not yet finished all degree requirements, then you will not receive your diploma until they have been completed.
Yes. Graduates are welcome to attend a future Commencement Ceremony. We ask that these graduates reach out to the Commencement Team (Commencement@liberty.edu) in February of the year they wish to attend. This allows our team time to ensure your name is included in the list of recognized graduates for that year.
There is no check-in event this year.
The main ceremony will remain in an online format. Due to the 5,000 person limit we cannot have each graduate in attendance for the main ceremony and have opted to have it remain a virtual celebration. The main ceremony still stream online at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 15.
We are unable to provide monetary compensation for any travel accommodations that were made/canceled in preparation for Commencement Weekend. We encourage you to reach out to those businesses for information on potential refunds.
Watch the livestream of individual Degree Presentation Ceremonies and the main Commencement Ceremony with Tim Tebow.
The degree completion application fee is required one time for each degree you earn at Liberty. If you have already paid the fee for your degree then you are not required to pay it again.
Commencement RSVP and Ticket Questions
Yes. Due to restrictions on crowd size, every graduate must RSVP online through MarchingOrder and then claim tickets through our ticket system for themselves and their guests. Each graduate will be presented with a ticket for themselves and 6 tickets for guests for their degree presentation ceremony for seating together at Williams Stadium or the Academic Lawn. Instructions on how to obtain tickets will be provided through the MarchingOrder RSVP process.
Some schools have multiple ceremony times due to the number of graduates in that department, graduates will be able to select which ceremony to receive tickets for on a first come, first serve basis. We will follow-up soon with information on how to select your ceremony and claim tickets.
Tickets cannot be transferred/sold/given to any other graduates or guests outside of your party. Violating this policy may result in approval to participate in person being removed.
If multiple graduates are graduating from a family, they are allowed to walk together. Please contact us at email@example.com if you are planning to walk with a family member so that we can make sure that you are assigned to the correct ceremony to claim your tickets.
Beginning on Monday, March 29 at 12:00 p.m. est., you will be able to RSVP on the Commencement RSVP page. once you have completed your RSVP on the MarchingOrder site, you will be given instructions and a link for claiming your tickets.
If you are graduating with multiple degrees, you may select which ceremony that you attend and will be given both options on the ticketing system.
Make sure you’re using your @liberty.edu email address to log-in to your account. If you have never used your ticket account, you will need to reset your password via the “forgot your password” link on the log-in page. DO NOT create a new account as your access will not be granted. Please contact the ticket office at (434) 582-7328, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET to have your password reset and to verify your account.
Once logged in, you will only be able to select your corresponding commencement ceremony.
Please contact the Commencement Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the limits on attendance in place this year, we unfortunately are only able to offer graduates a ticket for themselves and 6 tickets for friends and family.
Ensure you are checking your LU email account and that you have waited at least 30 minutes. If the issue persists, please contact the ticket office directly at (434) 582-7328, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets are only available as a print-at-home or mobile ticket. We suggest downloading or saving the tickets in advance to save time at the facility.
Tickets within Williams Stadium are for specific, assigned seats. Tickets at the Academic Lawn are general admission and you will be seated by an usher when you arrive.
ASL seating is available in the lower level of section 109. To be placed in these seats, please call the ticket office at (434) 582-7328. ADA seating is available throughout the east and west side of the stadium. To be placed in these seats, please call the ticket office at (434) 582-7328.
Yes, graduates will need to wear regalia if they plan to attend in person. Please make sure to purchase regalia online by April 23rd.
You can purchase regalia online through Herff Jones. Herff Jones has communicated to us that their website is under maintenance. The feature to enter your Liberty ID in their search bar is currently unavailable. Please use the following link and click on the blue “Liberty University Graduation Products” hyperlink at the bottom of the page to search for your regalia.
There will be limited items available on campus at the Bookstore for Commencement week. We encourage you to plan to purchase your regalia in advance online.
Yes, we encourage students to decorate their cap. Please be creative but remain within the Liberty code of conduct.
Graduates are strongly encouraged to purchase regalia this year. However, due to the nature of an online ceremony, graduates are not required to purchase regalia. Each graduate will be individually recognized with a customizable slide containing their name and a photo. Graduates are encouraged to purchase regalia for their photo. Professional dress or military dress are also acceptable for photo submissions.
Per the Governor’s executive order, face masks are required for all graduates and guests that attend in person.
In order to remain in compliance with the updated restrictions, we will hold degree ceremonies across several days beginning Tuesday, May 11th and running through Saturday, May 15th. Multiple days of ceremonies helps ensure we are abiding by the new restrictions by limiting crowd sizes while giving each graduate the chance to walk and celebrate with their families.
Families will be seated together in pods of 6 people and socially distanced by 10 feet at each degree presentation ceremony.
Williams Stadium and the Academic Lawn will be cleaned and sanitized after each ceremony based on requirements in the State of Virginia’s guidelines.
No. Per the Governor’s mandate, we are not permitted to sell food and drink in the event spaces. We will be providing a bottle of water to each attendee and University dining locations will be available on campus outside of the venues.
Virtual Commencement Questions
Yes. We will still be offering virtual degree ceremonies with individual recognition for graduates that chose not to participate in-person or cannot be in attendance. Graduates can participate both virtually and in-person if they choose.
Yes. Each graduate that RSVPs to participate in the virtual ceremonies will be recognized individually during their school or department’s Degree Presentation Ceremony. Students will be recognized through individual customizable slides containing their name, degree earned, any honors earned, and a photograph. These details will be collected from the student as part of the RSVP process. You may participate during the scheduled degree presentation ceremony time for your School or Department or you may watch at any time after the scheduled time when it suits your schedule.
New graduates are required to first submit a degree completion application within their ASIST account. The application can be found using these links in ASIST:
Student > Student Records > Submit Degree/Certificate Completion Application
After this application has been submitted and you have received an email follow-up from your academic evaluator regarding your degree requirements, please email Commencement@liberty.edu so we can confirm your eligibility to participate in the ceremony.
Please be aware that graduates are required to RSVP as well. The RSVP form is available now at www.liberty.edu/commencementrsvp. If you have just applied to graduate you will not have access to the RSVP form for 2-3 business days.
All graduates that RSVP to attend in person will also automatically be included in the virtual ceremony recognition as well.