Please see below for a listing of 2022 Commencement Week events. In addition to the institutionally planned events, there are many program-specific graduation events, some of which are listed below. You will receive more information from your respective program administrators regarding these events. Please note that this may not be a complete list, as planning is still underway.

While the Commencement Ceremony does not require tickets or have a guest limit, events such as program receptions, White Coat ceremonies, and other celebrations will require advance registration of you and your guests. Register to attend the Commencement Ceremony and other events by Monday, March 21, 2022.

Our current COVID-19 guidance does not require masking, proof of vaccination or a negative test result to attend Commencement exercises; however, please be advised that our masking policies may change with limited notice. We appreciate your understanding as we continue to navigate the pandemic and keep our community members safe during this time of celebration.

For questions or additional information, please contact EVMS Special Events. Find more details about this year's Commencement.


 

Friday, May 6, 2022

 Friday, May 6, 2022 • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. • EVMS Lester Hall, Room 104

The Master of Public Health faculty, staff and Class of 2022 students will celebrate this year's academic milestones and accomplishments at the Celebration of Excellence. The gala evening event includes student and faculty recognition, as well as Practicum Poster Awards and the prestigious Delta Omega Induction Ceremony.

Parking: Guests should park in Visitor Garage A, located at 725 West Olney Road Norfolk, VA 23507. Find a map and additional information about parking on campus.

For more information, please contact the Master of Public Health Program at mphinfo@evms.edu or 757.446.6120.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 • 5 to 7 p.m. • Ballyhoos, Virginia Beach, VA

Join fellow graduates and alumni for your official welcome into the EVMS Alumni Association. Graduates will receive their EVMS Alumni pin and welcome gift.

Location: Ballyhoos, 2865 Lynnhaven Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Dress code: Casual

For more information, please email EVMS Alumni Relations or call 757.965.8500.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 • 5 to 7 p.m. • Ballyhoos, Virginia Beach, VA

Join fellow graduates and alumni for your official welcome into the EVMS Alumni Association. Graduates will receive their EVMS Alumni pin and welcome gift.

Location: Ballyhoos, 2865 Lynnhaven Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Dress code: Casual

For more information, please email EVMS Alumni Relations or call 757.965-8500.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Thursday, May 12, 2022 • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. • USS Wisconsin

EVMS graduates serving in the United States Armed Forces are sworn in as officers or officially recognized during this formal ceremony. This outdoor event is held aboard the USS Wisconsin berthed at Nauticus. The 'invitation only' event will include military graduates and their guests, EVMS faculty and staff, and other military personnel. Seating is limited to the first 150 guests. No food, drinks, candy or tobacco are allowed onboard the ship.

Eligibility

Eligible participants include military graduates in the following categories:

  • Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health graduates who will be commissioned as an Officer in the United States Armed Forces following graduation.
  • Master of Physician Assistant graduates who will be recognized, as they will not be formally commissioned until requirements are completed at a later date.
  • Eligible branches: United States Air Force, United States Army, United States Navy (those branches with medical corps)

Students who meet the criteria listed above may register their participation and guests' attendance on the registration site. All other invited guests (EVMS faculty and staff, other military personnel) may also register to attend on this site. Please note that all faculty and graduates with former and current military service will be recognized at EVMS Commencement with an honor cord issued with academic regalia to be worn during the Ceremony.

Attire
  • The USS Wisconsin does not allow working uniforms or civilian clothes for active duty military at the ceremony.
  • Military graduates from the Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health programs should wear their service dress uniforms for their respective military branch.
  • Military graduates from the Master of Physician Assistant program should wear business attire and their white coats, as they will not be formally commissioned until requirements are completed at a later date. 
  • Retired military personnel may wear dress uniforms. All uniform and grooming standards apply as if on active duty.
  • Civilian guest dress code is business attire.
Parking/Transportation

Parking is available at Plume StreetMain Street or at several nearby City of Norfolk parking garages. View parking options and fees here. At times, a flat fee (cash only) is required upon entry. You can also ride The Tide, Norfolk's light rail system, which extends from the Eastern Virginia Medical Center complex through downtown Norfolk. Learn more about how to Ride The Tide.

Rain Location

In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ceremony, the rain location is McCombs Auditorium in Lewis Hall on the Eastern Virginia Medical Center campus. Please be sure to check back here on the day of the ceremony for any location changes.

For any questions about eligibility or information about the event, please contact EVMS Special Events.

Thursday, May 12, 2022 • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. • EVMS Lester Hall, Room 104

This annual, invitation-only event recognizes the newest members of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. All EVMS-affiliated members of Alpha Omega Alpha, including faculty, alumni, house officers and students are cordially invited to attend with their guests.

Parking: Guests should park in Visitor Garage A, located at 725 West Olney Road Norfolk, VA 23507. Find a map and additional information about parking on campus.

Dress code: Business Attire

For more information, please contact Allison Knight at knightAP@evms.edu or 757.446.7275.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Friday, May 13, 2022 • 10 to 11:30 a.m. EDT • Virtual

The Class of 2022 is required to attend the Virtual Commencement Rehearsal. A link will be sent to your EVMS email at a later date.

For more information, please contact EVMS Special Events.

Friday, May 13, 2022 • 1 to 4 p.m. • EVMS Lester Hall, Room 104

The Art Therapy and Counseling Graduate Symposium celebrates the achievements of graduates from this program. The Symposium is open to all EVMS faculty, staff and students. Families, alumni, community preceptors, and art therapists are also cordially invited to attend. Continuing education credits may be awarded for this event.

Parking: Guests should park in Visitor Garage A, located at 725 West Olney Road Norfolk, VA 23507. Find a map and additional information about parking on campus .

Dress code: Business Attire

For more information, please contact Kiera Dorsey at dorseyks@evms.edu or 757.446.5895.

Friday, May 13, 2022 • 2 to 3 p.m. • EVMS Lewis Hall, McCombs Auditorium

Master of Health Sciences - Pathologists' Assistant graduates don long white coats during this ceremony which officially signifies their transition from trainee to trained medical professional. 

Parking: Guests should park in Visitor Garage A, located at 725 West Olney Road Norfolk, VA 23507. Find a map and additional information about parking on campus.

Dress code: Business Attire

For more information, please contact EVMS Special Events.

Friday, May 13, 2022 • 4 to 5 p.m. • EVMS Lewis Hall, McCombs Auditorium

Master of Surgical Assisting graduates don long white coats during this ceremony which officially signifies their transition from trainee to trained medical professional. A light reception will follow.

Parking: Guests should park in Visitor Garage A, located at 725 West Olney Road Norfolk, VA 23507. Find a map and additional information about parking on campus.

Dress code: Business Attire

For more information, please contact Jennifer Land at landjj@evms.edu or 757.446.5779.

Friday, May 13, 2022 • 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. • Norfolk Waterside Marriott, 3rd Floor

Master of Physician Assistant graduates don long white coats during this ceremony to signify their transition from student to practitioner.

Parking/Transportation: Parking is available at Waterside garage, Main Street garage, or at several nearby City of Norfolk parking garages. View parking options and fees here. At times, a flat fee (cash only) is required upon entry. Norfolk Waterside Marriott is also easily accessible via The Tide, Norfolk’s light rail system. Use the stop at MacArthur Square Station to access this venue.

Dress code: Business Attire

For more information, please contact EVMS Special Events.

Friday, May 13, 2022 • 4 to 5:30 p.m. • Hilton Norfolk The Main, 4th Floor 

Who: Students in the following programs: Biomedical Sciences (PhD and Research), Contemporary Human Anatomy, Doctor of Health Sciences, Healthcare Analytics, Histotechnology, Medical Masters (1 and 2 year), Pathologists' Assistant, Public Health

Registration: Students are entitled to register up to 4 guests. Children 4 years old and above will require registration. Due to current health conditions, we cannot accommodate additional ticket requests at this time.

Event details: The reception will have limited seating, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Students or guests needing special accommodations can indicate so upon registration. Hors d'oeuvres with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will be offered. Each guest will receive a complimentary drink ticket. A cash bar will be available for additional drink purchases.

Parking/Transportation: Parking is available at The Main garageWaterside garage or at several nearby City of Norfolk parking garages. View parking options and fees here. At times, a flat fee (cash only) is required upon entry. Hilton Norfolk The Main is also easily accessible via The Tide, Norfolk’s light rail system. Use the stop at MacArthur Square Station to access this venue.

Dress code: Business or Cocktail Attire

For more information, please contact EVMS Special Events.

Friday, May 13, 2022 • 5:30 to 7 p.m. • Hilton Norfolk The Main, 3rd Floor

Who: Students in the following programs: Art Therapy & Counseling, Laboratory Animal Science, Medical & Health Professions Education (PhD, EdD, MS), Physician Assistant, Reproductive Clinical Science (PhD/MS) and Surgical Assisting

Registration: Students are entitled to register up to 4 guests. Children 4 years old and above will require registration. Due to current health conditions, we cannot accommodate additional ticket requests at this time.

Event details: The reception will have limited seating, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Students or guests needing special accommodations can indicate so upon registration. Hors d'oeuvres with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will be offered. Each guest will receive a complimentary drink ticket. A cash bar will be available for additional drink purchases.

Parking/Transportation: Parking is available at The Main garageWaterside garage or at several nearby City of Norfolk parking garages. View parking options and fees here. At times, a flat fee (cash only) is required upon entry. Hilton Norfolk The Main is also easily accessible via The Tide, Norfolk’s light rail system. Use the stop at MacArthur Square Station to access this venue.

Dress code: Business or Cocktail Attire

For more information, please contact EVMS Special Events.

Friday, May 13, 2022 • 6:30 to 8 p.m. • Hilton Norfolk The Main, 4th Floor

Registration: Students are entitled to register up to 4 guests. Children 4 years old and above will require registration. Due to current health conditions, we cannot accommodate additional ticket requests at this time.

Event details: The reception will have limited seating, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Students or guests needing special accommodations can indicate so upon registration. Hors d'oeuvres with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will be offered. Each guest will receive a complimentary drink ticket. A cash bar will be available for additional drink purchases.

Parking/Transportation: Parking is available at The Main garageWaterside garage or at several nearby City of Norfolk parking garages. View parking options and fees here. At times, a flat fee (cash only) is required upon entry. Hilton Norfolk The Main is also easily accessible via The Tide, Norfolk’s light rail system. Use the stop at MacArthur Square Station to access this venue.

Dress code: Business or Cocktail Attire

For more information, please contact EVMS Special Events.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Saturday, May 14, 2022 • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT • Norfolk Scope

Commencement is an important occasion at EVMS. For our students, it culminates years of exceptional academic performance. It also provides our distinguished faculty an opportunity to celebrate our strong educational mission and to seal a life-long bond with our graduates.

The Commencement Ceremony begins promptly at 10 a.m. EDT and lasts approximately two to three hours. Graduates and Returning Alumni may bring as many guests as they would like. No tickets are required for entry. Download the full EVMS Commencement 2022 Program.

Below is a brief timeline for the day:

  • 8 a.m. - Exhibition Hall doors open for faculty, official platform party and graduating students
  • 8:30 a.m. - Students must check in for robing at Norfolk Scope Exhibition Hall
  • 8:45 a.m. - Arena doors open for family, friends and guests (general admission)
  • 10 a.m. - Ceremony processional promptly begins
  • 1 p.m. - Ceremony concludes (estimated time)

Note: Following the ceremony, graduates will return to the Exhibition Hall and will then proceed to the fountain outside the Norfolk Scope to meet their guests. It is recommended that graduates do not schedule post-ceremony events with family and friends until after 1:30 p.m.

Family and guests may find additional information about the ceremony.

Please check the Commencement website regularly for updates and/or weather notifications. For emergency contact information day-of, please call 757.965.8500.

Saturday, May 14, 2022 • 1:30 to 3 p.m. • Hilton Norfolk The Main, 3rd Floor

Registration: Returning Alumni are entitled to register up to 4 guests. Children 4 years old and above will require registration. Due to current health conditions, we cannot accommodate additional ticket requests at this time.

Event details: The reception will have limited seating, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Students or guests needing special accommodations can indicate so upon registration. Hors d'oeuvres with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will be offered. Each guest will receive a complimentary drink ticket. A cash bar will be available for additional drink purchases.

Parking/Transportation: Parking is available at The Main garageWaterside garage or at several nearby City of Norfolk parking garages. View parking options and fees here. At times, a flat fee (cash only) is required upon entry. Hilton Norfolk The Main is also easily accessible via The Tide, Norfolk’s light rail system. Use the stop at MacArthur Square Station to access this venue.

Dress code: Business Attire

For more information, please contact EVMS Special Events.

Saturday, May 14, 2022 • 2 - 4:30 p.m. • Hilton Norfolk The Main

Master of Science in Reproductive Clinical Science graduates, faculty and guests are invited to a lunch reception immediately following the conclusion of the Commencement Ceremony. Academic achievement awards will be presented during the luncheon as well.

Dress Code: Business Attire

For more information, please contact Dr. Liang Yu at YuL@evms.edu and/or Professor Helena Russell at russelhi@evms.edu or 757.446.8482.