Wow, you made it to one of the most important milestones of your academic career, graduation! Yes, you! With grit, focus, patience, hard work, juggling priorities, lots of screen time, new friends, and determination, whew, you did it. Congratulations to each of you in the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021, you have much to be proud of.

In celebrating this great achievement, we recognize how important the Commencement experience is for so many of our graduates. In prioritizing the health and safety of our students, their families, faculty, and staff, graduation was conducted in a series of online ceremonies for graduates of May 2021, December 2020, and May 2020. The official ceremony was divided alphabetically by each student's last name. If you missed the ceremony, you can still watch it. Please use the guidelines below.

We are excited to honor you and your tremendous achievement. Well done!

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Virtual Commencement

Students who resubmitted their picture and message slide should click on the original ceremony date under the first initial of their last name to view the ceremony.

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A - G

May 5, 2021 at 6:00 P.M.

May 5 Ceremony

H - N

May 6, 2021 at 6:00 P.M.

May 6 Ceremony

O - Z

May 7, 2021 at 6:00 P.M.

May 7 Ceremony

Commencement Ceremony Program

Don't forget to share your graduation moments and messages with us on social media by tagging us and using any of these hashtags #NovaGrad #NOVAGrad2020 or #NOVAGrad2021

Commencement was pre-recorded and was captioned.

*Please note, some student slides (picture and graduation message) submitted after the deadline will be present in the ceremony but will not have a voice announcement for their information.

Commencement 2021

December Commencement 2021

NOVA will hold its first Fall commencement ceremony on December 13th and 14th 2021 in Schlesinger Auditorium, Alexandria campus for all those who graduated in the summer and fall 2021 terms. Please check back for further details.