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Military Graduation

Military Ceremonies

UPDATE: Commencement activities have been postponed to Sept. 11-12. Details will be posted as soon as possible regarding the impact to our military ceremonies. 

In recognition of the unique sacrifices made by the military community, we are offering two separate ceremonies to honor those that have completed their degree requirements and will walk in Commencement as the Class of 2020. 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 (links to RSVP coming soon!).

Military Spouse Graduate Recognition Ceremony

This ceremony will recognize military spouses graduating from Liberty University.

Date: Friday, May 8, 2020
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Thomas Road Baptist Church, Worship Center

Submit your RSVP

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

Keynote Speaker: TBA

Military Graduate Recognition Ceremony

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

Date: Friday, May 8, 2020
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Thomas Road Baptist Church, Worship Center

Submit your RSVP

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

Keynote Speaker: TBA


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I RSVP to my ceremony?

Only graduates planning to attend one of the recognition ceremonies are requested 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 commemorative coin. Families are welcome at both ceremonies and will have their own sections available for seating.

What should I wear to my ceremony?

The attire for both recognition ceremonies is business professional. Participating graduates may wear business professional, 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 Liberty.edu/Commencement or email commencement@liberty.edu 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?

The ceremony venue has 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 a.m., so you will need to make arrangements to arrive on campus with time to park and get to the venue before then. The Military Graduate Recognition Ceremony will be at 1 p.m., right before the Graduation Reception begins at 2 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. 

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

If you have any other questions regarding the military recognition ceremonies, please email militaryoutreach@liberty.edu.


Share your #LUMilGrad Story!

Whether you are planning to attend the Commencement ceremonies in May or not, we would love to highlight your accomplishments in the weeks and months leading up to this year’s Commencement celebration!

Here’s how you can participate:

What – Let us share your success story on social media (FacebookTwitter, and Instagram), in an upcoming military student newsletter, on the Military Affairs website, or at the military recognition ceremonies in May. 

Who – Graduating military students, including service members, veterans, and military spouses, who will be walking in Commencement or receiving their degree in the 2019-2020 school year can participate.

How – Please send the following information to MilCommunity@liberty.edu:

  • 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 2020. If you will not be completing your degree until the Fall 2020 semester or later, we will look forward to including you in next year’s graduation celebrations.