Family Information


You will find a complete list of accommodations in the Farmville/Central Virginia area, including hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and lodges. Please make your reservations early.

Campus Map

A virtual and printable map for you or your guest's convenience


Parking will be as directed by Campus Police and event staff. On Saturday, Via Sacra will be closed during Baccalaureate. On Sunday, Via Sacra will be closed to general traffic from 9 a.m. until after the conclusion of the Commencement Ceremony.

Handicap Parking and Special Services

On Sunday, the College will provide student-driven golf cars to transport guests with mobility issues to the Commencement Ceremony, luncheon, and parking areas. Handicapped parking is available immediately behind Venable Hall.

ASL services available by request to:


The College makes every effort to ensure that each guest has a seat. Parents, students, and guests are not permitted to reserve seats prior to the event. We are expecting a large gathering for Commencement. You are encouraged to arrive 45 minutes early.

Rain Plan

"...And there shall be no rain." However, if we do have an accidental shower that does not stop, the rain locations are as follows:

Graduation Announcements

Announcements may be ordered online from Herff Jones. The standard manufacturing time is 10-15 business days and rush manufacturing time is 3-5 business days. In addition to manufacturing time, please add 3-5 business days for standard shipping and 1 business day for rush shipping. For more information, please call Herff Jones at (804) 598-0971.

Graduation Video 

Video is provided by Memories Videography. Videos are $45. You may pre-order your video using this order form. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

Professional Photography

GradImages will be photographing all graduates at commencement as they receive their degrees. Visit the GradImages website to order your photographs online or call 1(800) 261-2576.

Personal Photography

Parents are encouraged to photograph their graduate under the following guidelines.

  • Prior to the procession near the Bell Tower.
  • During the procession from the left or right ofthe sidewalk.
  • No one will be permitted in the path of the procession.

As the graduate exits the stage, there is a small space to the right for this purpose. Please be mindful of others trying to do the same.

A Gift to Honor the Graduate

Graduation is a special time for students and for parents. It is a time to reflect upon the many memorable experiences that both haveenjoyed at Hampden-Sydney College. The College hopes that parents will view this milestone event as an opportunity to make a gift in honor of your son's graduation. This is a wonderful way to acknowledge your son's accomplishment. Congratulations to your son on his graduation and to you on your graduation from college expenses! For your convenience, you may use the online gift form to make your gift to the College. 


This event will be livestreamed in the event that you, a family member or friend cannot be present. 

Senior To Do List

Here your graduate will find everything he needs to do prior to graduation and after.