The Commencement Ceremony is Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. The doors for general admission will open at 8:45 a.m. Enhanced security procedures have been implemented at Norfolk Scope. Upon entrance, all guests will be subject to physical and visual inspections, bag checks and/or wanding which will affect entrance times. Please plan accordingly.

No tickets are needed.

Commencement normally lasts approximately two to three hours. Following the ceremony, graduates return the to Exhibition Hall for class photos and other activities. It is recommended that graduates do not schedule post-ceremony events with family and friends until after 1:30 p.m.

The primary parking for Norfolk Scope is the underground garage below the Scope. Additional parking is available at MacArthur Garage North and also in the Brambleton lot across St. Paul’s Blvd. from the Scope. Parking is cash on entry for City of Norfolk parking locations (except the mall).

The Norfolk Scope is an accessible venue.

Parking: Disabled patron parking is available inside the underground Scope Garage (entrance on St. Paul’s Boulevard). Patrons should enter the Scope through the Exhibition Hall (glass-door) entrance, and take the elevator to the Plaza level.

Seating: Scope ushers will be on hand to direct guests to the access seating in the arena. Family members accompanying disabled guests should be able to sit together.

Wheelchair Escorts: Patrons with mobility impairments who do not have access to a wheelchair may request a wheelchair to transport the individual to their seat, free of charge. Please be aware that Scope personnel will not remain with you during the event, nor will they allow you to remain in the wheelchair for the duration of the event. Transport is not available from outside Norfolk Scope property.

Sign Interpretation: Sign language interpretation will be provided for guests seated on the risers closest to the arena floor in section 122.

Service Animals: Service animals or service animals in training are welcome. If you require space for your animal, please contact the ticket office at 757.664.6464.

General admission seating is available to all on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors for general admission will open at 8:45 a.m. Families and guests will not be allowed to enter the Norfolk Scope before that time. “Seat saving” will not be allowed. View commencement seating diagram.

Families with Graduates in the following programs should enter through Gates 1 & 14 (tentative):

  • Biotechnology
  • Contemporary Human Anatomy
  • Healthcare Delivery Science
  • Laboratory Animal Science
  • Medical and Health Professions Education
  • Medicine
  • Pathologists' Assistant
  • Reproductive Clinical Science (Master's)
  • Surgical Assisting

Families with Graduates in the following programs should enter through Gates 7 & 8 (tentative):

  • Art Therapy & Counseling
  • Clinical Psychology (PhD)
  • Reproductive Clinical Science (PhD)
  • Biomedical Sciences (PhD, Research, Master's)
  • Physician Assistant
  • Public Health

For friends and relatives that are unable to attend, the event will be streaming live at

Parents of small children will find family restrooms at Gates 3 and 11.

GradImages® is honored to capture this exciting milestone! During the ceremony, every student will be photographed as they are individually recognized. Additionally class photos will be taken prior to and immediately following the ceremony. Online proofs will be available within 48 hours after the ceremony. Simply visit to view your student's photos and shop photo prints and custom products!

All doctoral hoodings by family members must be individually approved by EVMS according to EVMS administration’s guidelines. Upon approval, you will be contacted with all necessary information about your role in the Commencement Ceremony. If you have any questions, please email Melissa Fuquay or call 757.446.6176

Celebrate your graduate by purchasing EVMS branded items from the Matthews EVMS Bookstore, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to EVMS.

Merchandise can be purchased online or limited quantities will be available on-site the day of Commencement on the Concourse level.