News Release

Welcome Weekend to Kick off Year-long Celebration of University’s 25th Jubilee Anniversary

Southern Virginia University will hold a Special Welcome Weekend from Sept. 10–12 to kick off its 25th Anniversary and Jubilee Year Celebration.

Special University Meeting | Friday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m.

The first event of the weekend will be a first-of-its-kind Special University Meeting held on the lawn in front of historic Main Hall on Friday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m. As the first campus-wide gathering in nearly two years, this special outdoor event will combine a traditional academic convocation, a special welcome from President Reed N. Wilcox, and a semester dedication.

This Special University Meeting will be held in partnership with the Buena Vista Institute of Religion and feature Institute President Darrin Palmer as a speaker. Provost James Lambert will also offer remarks and the faculty will process in their academic regalia. Following these two speakers, President Wilcox will share his vision of the future and destiny of the University.

After these remarks, President Todd Brotherson, who returned to Southern Virginia University this semester as a professor of business after serving as president of the Chile Santiago East mission for the last three years, will ask for a blessing on campus and dedicate the fall semester. Post-event, the Office of Student Life will provide free Chick-fil-A sandwiches to attendees.

Home Football Game & Block Party by Student Life  | Saturday, Sept. 11

On Saturday, Sept. 11, at 1 p.m., the Knights will host Bridgewater College for their season home opener and the first football game in Knight Stadium with unlimited fans in nearly two years. All attendees are encouraged to wear crimson to show their school spirit. In the evening, the Office of Student Life will host a Block Party dance on the Walnut field from 9–11 p.m.

Face to Face with Elder and Sister Bednar | Sunday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.

On Sunday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. the Buena Vista Institute of Religion, the Buena Vista YSA Stake, and the Lexington Stake will join with the University to host a joint viewing in the Knight Arena of the live worldwide Face to Face with Elder and Sister Bednar: Ask, Seek, Knock.

Attendees are invited to be seated by 5:50 p.m. in Sunday dress and encouraged to follow the counsel of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to wear “face masks in public meetings whenever social distancing is not possible.”