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Williams Stadium is set to host the main kick-off ceremony on Friday evening and multiple graduation presentation ceremonies beginning Thursday. (Photo by Ellie Richardson)

The campus will be buzzing with about 60,000 people this week cheering on the more than 9,800 graduates who plan to attend the launch of Liberty University in Lynchburg.

Liberty’s broadcast engineering team sets up shop inside the Vines Center. (Photo by Ellie Richardson)

For the first time since 2019, Liberty will hold its main ceremony at Williams Stadium. The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday and will feature world-renowned Christian leadership expert John Maxwell as the keynote speaker. Friday’s ceremony will be the culmination of 50 years of Libertyand Anniversary celebration and will be capitalized by a spectacular fireworks display.

“It has been three years since we were able to welcome our usual number of guests to campus for a traditional main ceremony, and this year will be our highest total number of guests in Liberty history,” said said Lori Baker, program manager for Commencement. . “We missed having Williams Stadium filled with graduates and their loved ones. We look forward to celebrating the Class of 2022.”

In total, Liberty will award degrees to more than 23,000 graduates from the class of 2022.

“About 80 percent (18,505) of our graduates graduated through Liberty University’s online programs, which means many have never been to our campus before,” Baker said. “We are thrilled to welcome them here and allow them to explore their campus. The beginning is one of the best times to do so.”

Field crews prepare campus for launch crowds.

Campus festivities begin Wednesday with an Army ROTC commissioning ceremony at 4 p.m., followed by three days of graduation ceremonies at Vines Center, Williams Stadium, Thomas Road Baptist Church, the Liberty Arena and the LaHaye Multipurpose Center.

All graduation ceremonies and the main ceremony will be streamed live on the Commencement website.

Graduates and their guests can also participate in Liberty’s 50and Celebrate the birthday while they’re in town by visiting some newly added features on campus.

A newly unveiled multimedia presentation projected onto the front of DeMoss Hall that explains the university’s vision and purpose will be shown every half hour from 8 p.m. to midnight. The six-minute presentation is narrated by Liberty founder Dr. Jerry Falwell using various sermons and speeches he has given over the years. The setup is similar to the large video projections used at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

This marker in front of the Freedom Tower is one of nine sites on the Legacy of Faith Historic Walk.

From the Hancock Visitor Center, guests can take the historic Legacy of Faith walk. Following in the footsteps of Liberty founder Dr. Jerry Falwell, guests can take a walking tour of nine campus stops that mark milestones in Liberty’s history. At each marker, they can scan a QR code on their mobile device which will take them to a web page with an article and a video. In the school’s early years, Falwell walked and prayed on the grounds, so this tour will serve as a literal walk down memory lane as guests reflect on the years of faith and prayer that forged Liberty University. The university first led the way at Homecoming in October, but recently added permanent markers with a footprint engraving made from a pair of Falwell’s shoes.

Special campus tours will also be available for those who make reservations through the Commencement website.

Guests can also enjoy sporting events as Liberty Baseball takes on Jacksonville at Worthington Field on Saturday and Sunday; both games start at 1 p.m.

For the full Liberty launch weekend schedule, parking and safety information, and a list of FAQs, visit the Commencement website.

Class of 2022 facts and figures

  • Liberty will award 867 associate degrees, 9,653 bachelor’s degrees, 1,267 graduate certificates, 8,534 master’s degrees, 1,543 doctoral degrees, and 1,197 Liberty Online Academy high school program degrees. Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine will celebrate 147 graduates. Liberty University School of Law will award 69 Juris Doctorate degrees.
  • 5,701 military graduates (including 1,900 active duty) and 2,539 military spouses
  • The top states represented by this year’s class are: Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, California, and Maryland. Outside of the United States, the main countries represented are: Canada, Korea, Japan, Nigeria, China, Germany, the Bahamas and the United Kingdom.
  • 10,566 graduates with honors, including 3,746 with a perfect GPA of 4.0
  • 31 married couples are graduating together, along with 62 graduating parents with one child and 164 pairs of siblings, including 20 pairs of twins.
  • The average age of the promotion is 35 years old. The oldest graduate is 91 and earns a bachelor’s degree, and the oldest postgraduate graduate is 83. The youngest associate and bachelor’s degree holders are both 15 years old.
  • Top 5 Residential Undergraduate Degrees
    • Business Administration
    • interdisciplinary studies
    • Psychology
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  • Top 5 Graduate/Doctoral Degrees in Residence
    • Osteopathic Medicine
    • Doctor of Laws
    • Master in Business Administration
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    • biomedical sciences
  • Top 5 Online Undergraduate Degrees
    • interdisciplinary studies
    • Psychology
    • Business Administration
    • criminal justice
    • Religion
  • Top 5 Online Graduate Degrees
    • Master in Business Administration
    • Social Services Consulting
    • Mental Health Clinical Counseling
    • Doctor of Education
    • criminal justice

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