December Graduates' Recognition Ceremony

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Nov 1 - 30

Nez: "Art changed my life"

Watts Gallery, Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

Nez, as she’s called, spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy and endured three combat tours, followed by two bedridden years battling cancer and debilitating depression. Her therapist wrote a prescription for her: watch Bob Ross videos. It wasn’t long before those "happy little trees" won her over. She wanted to paint, but her illness had taken away the dexterity and motor skills necessary for painting. She eventually came across a method of painting that involved mixing paint and a medium in a cup, pouring it over canvas and moving it around. Nez’s work will be on display in the Goode Center’s Watts Gallery through the month of November. Read More

Nov 15

Spring Semester 2020 Study Away Course Grant Applications Due

3 p.m.

All Virginia Wesleyan students may apply for a Lighthouse Study Away Course Grant. Grant applications for Spring Semester 2020 study away courses are due on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. The grant application and information about this year’s study away courses are available on the The Lighthouse's VWU portal page. For more information, visit The Lighthouse's webpage and The Lighthouse’s VWU portal page or contact the director of the Study Away Program, Ms. Mandy Reinig, in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery at 757.455.3116 or set up an appointment online


Nov 18 - 22

Marlin Prestige Business Conference

Virginia Wesleyan University’s student-led Business Conference—branded the Marlin Prestige—will take place November 18-22, inviting community members to participate in free workshops, presentations and interactive panels. The biannual conference is the culmination of months of hard work by students in the Virginia Wesleyan business course, "Principles of Management." Students coordinate all aspects of the event, exercising key management skills like product development, networking, and project and financial planning.

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Nov 18

NEXUS INTERFAITH DIALOGUE: How Food Communicates Religious Values: From Dates and Matzah, to Graham Crackers and Welch's Grape Juice

Jane P. Batten Student Center, Pearce Suite

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Food is more than fuel.  It is one of the most powerful expressions of identity for both individuals and groups.  It communicates values, it is used symbolically, and it marks social and theological boundaries.  Have you ever wondered why Hindus don’t eat beef, why Jews and Muslims don’t eat pork, or why most of us don’t eat cats? Do you know the religious origins of Welch’s grape juice and graham crackers? Join us for lively discussion as friends from a variety of religious traditions, along with VWU students in WES100 Religious Food Fights, give bite-sized talks, each exploring why certain foods are theologically meaningful and others are strictly prohibited. Sample distinctly “religious” foods and participate in discussions on how food brings us together and separates us. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom in partnership with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) and Hands United Building Bridges (HUBB). Free and open to the public.

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Nov 19

Life Matters: Greg West

Jane P. Batten Student Center, Pearce Suite

11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

In “Life Matters,” members of the Wesleyan community offer autobiographical reflections on their emotional, intellectual, and spiritual experiences. These deeply personal talks create meaningful opportunities for greater understanding and connection, encouraging each of us to think about what has shaped us and given our own life meaning. Greg West is Virginia Wesleyan’s Chaplain and is an ordained United Methodist Minister. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning (INTEL) and the Chaplain’s Office.

Free and open to the public.

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Nov 20

Global Scholars Study Abroad Presentations

4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Students who studied abroad in spring and summer 2019 through Virginia Wesleyan's Global Scholars Program will present their experiences on Wednesday, November 20, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in The Lighthouse (Clarke Hall). This event is open to the public, and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit the The Lighthouse's Global Scholars Program or MyBeacon webpages.

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Nov 20

VWU Jazz Ensemble


7:30 p.m.

Dr. Jason Squinobal conducts the VWU Jazz Ensemble. Free and open to public.

Nov 21 - Dec 13

Healing and Hope

Neil Britton Art Gallery

The power of creativity offers a response in this age of gun violence, lockdown drills, and a media landscape of perpetual violence. Juried artworks by area high school students will demonstrate the power of art to create an outlook of hopefulness. Artmaking is an assertive act providing young makers with a measure of control, and a unique ability to allow for expression, discovery, and the possibility of change.
Entries are accepted until November 5 at 5 p.m. Individual or group collaborations are acceptable in any medium. Students/teachers must submit photos of work in .jpeg or .pdf format to and must include student/group name, email/contact information, school/organization, title of work, dimensions and media. Notifications will be sent by November 12. 

Free and open to the public. Opening Awards Reception: Thursday, November 21, 6-8 p.m.


Nov 21

On Deck Speaker Series: AUSTEN HARTKE, Transgender and Christian: A Coming Out and Coming Home Story

Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

11 a.m.

Too often the world tells LGBTQ+ people that they must choose either their identity or their faith. But what if there was a third option? Join author Austen Hartke as he shares his experience of coming out as a transgender Christian, from his childhood in non-affirming churches to the Bible stories that gave him strength as an adult in seminary. This event, sponsored by The Lighthouse, the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom and Women’s and Gender Studies, will be held in the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Nov 22

Seraph Brass


7:30 p.m.

Led by world-renown trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden, this dynamic brass ensemble, having toured throughout the USA, Mexico, and Europe, draws form a roster of America’s top female players and engages audiences with captivating programs including classics, newly commissioned works, and original transcriptions. $10-20 | | Free to VWU students, staff, faculty

Nov 23

Volunteer Hampton Roads Family Volunteer Day

Jane P. Batten Student Center

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Volunteer Hampton Roads will host their 21st annual Family Volunteer Day on Saturday, November 23, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Jane P. Batten Student Center on campus. Through this national day of service, 500 local volunteers of all ages work together to complete projects that benefit nine area nonprofits. Volunteer sign-ups open to the public here.

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Nov 23

VWU Orchestra


7:30 p.m.

Kelby Schnepel conducts the VWU Orchestra.

Nov 27 - 29

Thanksgiving Holiday


Dec 3

Port Day

Dec 5

Freedom Songs: Soundtrack for the Civil Rights Movement

Greer Environmental Sciences Center, Room 155

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Grammy award-winning producer Steve Buckingham returns to showcase his film “Freedom Songs,” with never released original footage. Beginning with performances by the great Jackie Wilson, known as “The Black Elvis,” Buckingham uses film clips to discuss the artists and key figures who broke down racial barriers in the 1960s. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom. Free and open to the public.

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Dec 6 - 7

A Wesleyan Christmas: Letters to Santa

Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

7:30 p.m.

The VWU Camerata and Vox Vera, under the direction of Dr. Bryson Mortensen, present traditional and contemporary Christmas music, paired with holiday tales, past and present. $10-15 | | Free to VWU students, staff, faculty

Dec 8

December Graduates' Recognition Ceremony and Reception

11 a.m.

The December Graduates' Recognition Ceremony will take place Sunday, December 8, at 11 a.m. in the Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center (Brock Theatre). The ceremony celebrates those scheduled to graduate at the end of the fall semester as well as those who reached the milestone in August. Travis Malone, Dean of the Susan S. Goode School of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Theatre, will serve as keynote speaker. Malone is the recipient of the 2019 Samuel Nelson Gray Distinguished Teaching Award. A reception for graduates, family and friends will take place immediately following the ceremony in the Watts Lobby. This event will be livestreamed on the VWU Digital Broadcasting Network and the Virginia Wesleyan University Facebook page.

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Dec 11

Reading Day

Dec 11 - 17

Final Examinations

Dec 18

Heritage Holiday Concert


7:30 p.m.

In this holiday concert the US Air Force Heritage of America Band brings a holly, jolly holiday classic to the concert stage, presented by Heritage Chamber ensembles. Fun for the whole family! Free and open to public.


Jan 6 - 24

January Term

Jan 24

New Student Orientation

Jan 27

Spring Semester Classes Begin


Feb 1

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction

The twelfth class of Virginia Wesleyan University's Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducted during the annual luncheon on Saturday, February 1.  The Hall of Fame was established in 2007 to honor those who, by outstanding achievement in athletics, by service to athletics, or through significant contributions to athletics, have made lasting contributions to Virginia Wesleyan's intercollegiate athletic program.

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Feb 15

Marlins Day Open House

Future Marlins and their families are invited to visit Virginia Wesleyan for our Marlins Day Open House on Saturday, February 15. Prospective students will have the opportunity to tour the beautiful 300-acre campus, meet VWU faculty and staff, and learn about academic offerings, scholarship opportunities, and the financial aid process. More


Mar 5 - 8

The Shield

Brock Theatre, Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

The VWU Theatre Department presents its spring production of "The Shield," by Menander and adapted for the stage by Travis Malone, VWU Professor of Theatre. When a soldier's broken shield is found in battle, all presume the worst. The soldier's greedy relatives lay claim to the family estate. Lovers are separated, fortunes taken, and it falls to the soldier's servant to set everything right. In this daring new adaptation, a servant's brilliant plan and a surprise reunion help the survivors discover laughter, love, and hope in the aftermath of war. Directed by Dr. Travis Malone.

$10 General Admission | $5 Military/Students/Children/Seniors

March 5-7: 7:30 p.m.
March 8: 2:00 p.m.

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Mar 16 - 20

Spring Break

Mar 18

Model NATO Challenge

Boyd Dining Center

4 p.m. - 9 p.m.

The Model NATO Challenge will take place at Virginia Wesleyan University, as part of the Norfolk NATO Festival, on Wednesday, March 18, from 4:00-9:00 p.m. in Boyd Dining Center. The Model NATO Challenge is a scholarship competition in which the top 29 high school applicants along with six alternates are chosen to participate in a mock global-crisis simulation, confronting issues facing today’s NATO Alliance. Student diplomats are chosen to represent each of the 29 NATO Member Nations and must work together to address a crisis scenario such as piracy, immigration, or another issue that faces the NATO Alliance today. Diplomats are assigned mentors—military officers from each of the 29 countries—who assist in preparing them for the challenge while teaching about the country's culture, national military resources, and political backgrounds. Based on their leadership and diplomacy skills, the top three finalists are awarded scholarships.

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Mar 23 - 24

The Robert F. Boyd Institute

The Robert F. Boyd Institute will feature Rev. Olu Brown as keynote speaker on March 23-24, 2020. Rev. Brown is the lead pastor of Impact Church near Atlanta. In 2016, Impact Church was listed as one of the top 100 fastest growing churches in America. A graduate of Jarvis Christian College and the Interdenominational Theological Seminary, Rev. Brown says he is “truly a church planter at heart.” He is the author of Zero to 80: Innovative Ideas for Planting and Accelerating Church Growth, and Leadership Directions from Moses. His latest book, 4D Impact: Smash Barriers Like a Smart Church, was released in April 2019.

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Apr 3 - 4

Spring Alumni Weekend

Apr 4

Marlins Day Open House

Future Marlins and their families are invited to visit Virginia Wesleyan for our Marlins Day Open House on Saturday, April 4. Prospective students will have the opportunity to tour the beautiful 300-acre campus, meet VWU faculty and staff, and learn about academic offerings, scholarship opportunities, and the financial aid process. More

Apr 13

Easter Monday Holiday

Apr 30

Port Day


May 1

Spring Honors Convocation and Academic Fair

May 6 - 12

Final Examinations

May 7

Reading Day

May 15

Baccalaureate Service

6 p.m.

May 16

Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

May 16

Commencement Ceremony

11 a.m.


Jun 26

Marlin Nation Orientation

Jun 29

Marlin Nation Orientation