JMU Graduation Weekend Kicks Off

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Graduations began at James Madison University Friday morning with the the commencement ceremony for graduate students.

At 3 p.m., the undergrads will have their ceremony.

The graduate commencement ceremony was held at the Convocation Center, which is about three miles from the station. Almost 600 students were apart of the graduate ceremonies Friday morning, but getting to the ceremony was hectic. Cars were backed up on University Boulevard and Port Republic road leading up the ceremony.

The trip that normally takes about 10 minutes took about 45 minutes. Traffic will only get worse as things buildup for the larger graduation ceremony.

"Once we got closer to the Convocation Center, they had parking blocked off. I don't know if it was because parking was already filled. Then they had shuttles, but I felt like those were going to take too long. So we just started walking. That also took forever," said Mary Gettas, a JMU student.

"The shuttles definitely help. You probably have to sleep in overnight to get a parking spot near the Convo. The shuttles JMU provided were really helpful," said Michael Frempong, a JMU graduate.

Almost five times the amount of students will be here later for the undergraduate ceremony. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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