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Commencement Parent and Guest Information


Parents and guests should make necessary motel/hotel reservations as early as possible. This year, there will be multiple events in the community the weekend of May 17, including other local graduations and the reenactment marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of New Market. These events are expected to bring thousands of visitors to the valley and could limit the availability of hotel rooms. The closest motels to campus are Crimson Inn ( and The Village Inn ( Other accommodations are available in the greater Harrisonburg/Staunton area.


If you will be claiming a handicapped parking space, you must have handicapped parking tags. Handicapped parking will be located along the north side of College Street, up to the Kline Campus Center. An officer will be present to assist with parking.


Classic Photography and Imaging will be handling all Commencement photography. A group photo of the Class of 2014 will be taken the morning of Commencement. In addition, individual photos will be taken of each senior receiving their diploma from President David Bushman during the Commencement ceremony, as well as a photo of each senior once they exit the stage.

Following Commencement, photos may be viewed and ordered online at Classic Photography will also be mailing a proof with your graduate’s image within three days of Commencement. If you do not want a proof mailed to your home, please let Academic Affairs know and your name will be removed from the mailing list.

This commercial organization is providing services for those who are interested and the cost for these services will be detailed by Classic Photography and Imaging.