Winter Commencement – Family & Friends

It’s time for the big day!

Commencement is a big day for our graduates at Bluefield University and family and friends are central to the experience. Visitors are encouraged to review the information below to help plan their visit to Bluefield University for the commencement ceremony. We can’t wait to see you!

The commencement ceremony will be held on campus (3000 College Avenue in Bluefield, Virginia) in the Harman Auditorium.

Family and Guest parking will be available along the front entrance of campus (#12, 17, 16, 15 on Campus Map). The parking lot directly behind Shott Hall (#14 on Campus Map) will be reserved for graduates, faculty, staff, and volunteers.

Graduate Arrival
Graduates are to report to the front steps of Lansdell Hall wearing their cap and gown, at 8:30am on December 10th, for Commencement instructions and the Class of 2022 group photo.

The commencement ceremony will begin at approximately 10:00am

Each graduate will be provided 5 tickets for the seating of family and friends. Tickets will be distributed to graduates when picking up their cap and gown.

The 2022 Fall Commencement will be live-streamed through the Bluefield University YouTube channel (This will be linked on our various social media accounts.)

A campus photographer will be taking pictures throughout the ceremony. Commencement photos will be uploaded to the Media Gallery on the Bluefield University website and a link will be emailed to graduates. Family and friends are welcome to take photos after the ceremony on or near the stage area as well as outside around campus.

Chicory Coffee Company

Located in Shott Hall in the Jack Marcom Student Center, will be open from 8:30am to 1pm serving hot and cold beverages.

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Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231


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