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May 18 - Aug 21

Summer Session 2 (Remote)

May 18 - Jul 2

Summer Session 4 (Online)


Jul 6 - Aug 14

Summer Session 3 (Remote)

Jul 6 - Aug 21

Summer Session 5 (Online)

Jul 27 - Aug 1


Sacred Music-Worship-Arts Summer Conference

9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

VWU's Center for Sacred Music presents its annual Sacred Music-Worship-Arts Summer Conference filled with some 50 workshop sessions led by VWU and guest faculty on a wide array of subjects of interest to church musicians, clergy, worship leaders and volunteers in these areas. Stay for the week or drop-in for a day or two. Also includes evening worship and hymn festival open to the public. (a requirement of VWU's Church Music Certificate program and also available for academic credit; for details contact Dr. Sandra Billy, 757-455-3376 or

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Jul 29

Center for Sacred Music Summer Hymn Festival

First Presbyterian Church, Virginia Beach

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

VWU's Center for Sacred Music presents its a Summer Hymn Festival, prepared and led by Dr. Wayne Wold, in conjunction with the American Organists Guild-Tidewater Chapter, as part of CSM's Sacred Music-Worship-Arts Summer Conference. The event takes place at First Presbyterian Church, 300 36th Street, Virginia Beach. (donations accepted)


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Jul 30

Center for Sacred Music Festival Worship

Great Bridge Presbyterian Church, Chesapeake

7:30 p.m.

VWU's Center for Sacred Music presents its annual Summer Festival Worship as part of CSM's Sacred Music-Worship-Arts Summer Conference, featuring the 80-voice VWU Worship Choir led by nationally known composer Victor Johnson, a massed handbell choir from area churches led by Alan Reese, and VWU Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Nusbaum Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, Dr. Craig Wansink, preacher. The event takes place at Great Bridge Presbyterian Church, 333 Cedar Road, Chesapeake. (donations accepted)

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Aug 21

Fall Faculty Workshop

Aug 23

Orientation for First Year Students Begins

Aug 25

Transfer Student Orientation

Aug 26

Day and Evening Classes Begin

Aug 26

Online Fall Classes Begin


Sep 4

Weekend Classes Begin

Sep 7

Labor Day (classes held)

Sep 10

Founders Day Convocation

Sep 24

2020 Justine L. Nusbaum Lecture - The Art of Waging Peace

Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

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

2020 Justine L. Nusbaum Lecture: The Art of Waging Peace - Why Peace Literacy Matters, presented by Paul K. Chappell.

Born in Alabama to a Korean mother and African-American father, Paul K. Chappell is a West Point graduate, former Army captain, and Iraq War veteran. His military service taught him that people don’t simply gravitate toward peaceful behavior, in large part because they aren’t trained to do so. In an era when humanity has the technological capacity to destroy itself, and when humans frequently don’t control their own dispositions, Chappell realized the pressing need for us to become as well-trained in waging peace as soldiers are in waging war. During the 2020 Justine L. Nusbaum Lecture, he shows how peace literacy frames peace not merely as a goal but as a practical skill-set that addresses the root causes of our human problems.


Oct 2 - 4

Homecoming/Family Weekend

Oct 12 - 13

Fall Break


Nov 9 - 10

Robert F. Boyd Institute

The Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

The Robert F. Boyd Institute will feature Rev. Olu Brown as keynote speaker on November 9 - 10, 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.

This two-day seminar focuses on how to anticipate and embrace change, particularly in an institution—the church—that frequently is reluctant to do so. Lunch is included on Monday and light breakfast on Monday and Tuesday. Monday, November 9, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday, November 10, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. This $75 seminar is open to all, but also awards one continuing education credit for clergy from the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. If you are interested in registering for the 2020 Boyd Institute, please contact Kelly Jackson ( at the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom.

Nov 25 - 27

Thanksgiving Holiday


Dec 1


Dec 5

Baccalaureate Service

Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

Baccalaureate Service is scheduled for Saturday, December 5 at 6 p.m. in the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center. The pre-service concert begins at 5:30 p.m.

Dec 6

Commencement Ceremony

Jane P. Batten Student Center

Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, December 6, in the Jane P. Batten Student Center.

Dec 8

Classes End

Dec 9

Reading Day

Dec 10 - 15

Final Exams


Jan 4

January Term Classes Begin

Jan 22

Spring Faculty Workshop

Jan 22

New Student Orientation

Jan 25

Day and Evening Classes Begin

Jan 25

Online Term 1 Classes Begin

Jan 29 - 30

Weekend Classes Begin


Mar 15 - 19

Spring Break


Apr 5

Easter Monday Holiday

Apr 9 - 11

Spring Alumni Weekend

Apr 29


Apr 30

Spring Honors Convocation & Academic Fair


May 6

Reading Day

May 7 - 11

Final Exams

May 17

Online Summer Terms Begin

May 24

Traditional Summer Terms Begin


Aug 20

Summer Session Ends