Virginia Episcopal School

VES is a co-ed college preparatory school for boarding and day students in grades 9 – 12. In our intentionally small, diverse and engaging community—260 young men and women and 40 faculty—we guide students to strive Toward Full Stature in their academic, ethical, spiritual and personal growth.

400 VES RoadLynchburg, Virginia24503

Class of 2021 Commencement

We look forward to having all of our guests join us for our 105th Commencement exercises for the Class of 2021 on Friday and Saturday, May 21 - 22, 2021.*

Location Note: All events will be held on the front lawn. If inclement weather, we will host the events in Van Every Athletic Center.  

Number of Guests per Family: To comply with Covid restrictions, seating this year is limited. If weather allows us to hold the ceremonies outdoors, each family will be permitted to invite up to six (6) immediate family members, specifically parents, siblings and grandparents. If we must move the ceremonies inside, each family will be permitted two (2) guests. Please plan on the higher number, but knowing that we may have to pivot to a lower number of guests to comply with the mandate.

Baccalaureate Service | Friday, May 21 – 5 p.m.

Baccalaureate is a program of readings, music, prayer and a message from a special speaker the night before Commencement.  

Commencement Exercises | Saturday, May 22 – 10:30 a.m.

Commencement Exercises begin sharply at 10:30 a.m. on the Front Lawn. We encourage families to arrive in advance to park and find your seat. We suggest at least half an hour early at 10 a.m. Please note, guests do not need an official invitation to attend the ceremony. 

* All events are subject to change based on Covid-19 regulations.

VES Commencement Invitations

Each family with a student studying on campus will receive six (6) printed invitations to VES Commencement Exercises. Included in each set will be the invitation, a list of events insert card, and a personalized calling card inscribed with your student's full name. These beautiful invitation sets will be mailed directly to you at no cost. You may then send them to your allotted number of immediate family members, as well as enjoy an extra or two for keepsake. 

Graduation Announcements

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VES is pleased to offer customized announcements to send friends and family members, celebrating your student's graduation. These cards are available for you to purchase in sets of 10. The price is $40 per set, which includes customized cards, corresponding envelopes, and shipping. When you place your order for the announcement cards, you may choose from the two styles below:

  • Style A: Embossed with original VES logo with Greek motto on ecru card stock 
  • Style B: With the VES logo with Toward Full Stature motto in English on white card stock

Please place your order by Friday, April 16, to receive the announcements in advance of graduation (U.S. only). Orders received following April 16 may arrive after graduation.

First page of the PDF file: VES_CommencementInvitation_2021_Ecru
First page of the PDF file: VES_CommencementInvitation_White_2021

Additional Festivities 

Class of 2020 Commencement Exercises | Sunday, May 23 - 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

At this time, we are planning to host a special ceremony for our Class of 2020 graduates. If you wish to remain in town overnight (off campus), we invite you to help celebrate this class by attending their Commencement exercises on Sunday.

Sunday Night Party

A committee of parents from the Classes of 2020 and 2021 is planning a fabulous party for these graduates, featuring the 2019 Finals band—"Big Swing and the Ballroom Blasters." 

The event will take place early evening on Sunday, May 23. Be on the lookout for details of what will be the must-attend party of the season!