VCU Commencement

Graduation Info

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Academic regalia

Students participating in the Commencement ceremony must wear academic regalia (caps, gowns and hoods). Regalia will be available for purchase during the Grad Fair events scheduled on Feb. 27 at the Jonah L. Larrick Student Center on the MCV Campus from noon to 6 p.m. and Feb. 28 and March 1 at Barnes & Noble @ VCU on the Monroe Park Campus from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Following the Grad Fair, regalia will be available for purchase at the Barnes & Noble @ VCU on the Monroe Park and MCV campuses. If you are unable to attend the Grad Fair or visit the bookstore, please order your regalia online at oakhalli.com/college/vcu beginning March 2. Shipping charges will apply to all internet orders. Caps and gowns will not be available at the Commencement ceremony.

Regalia prices, including cap, gown, hood and tassel are: bachelor set, $55.98; master set, $76.98; Ph.D./Ed.D. set, $91.98; and professional doctorate set, $59.98 (professional doctorate programs include D.P.T., D.D.S., Pharm.D., M.D. and D.N.A.P.). Prices do not include sales tax.

In addition to being the place where you will receive your cap and gown, the Grad Fair will feature many other services and activities. Representatives from various departments and offices will be available during the Grad Fair to help you prepare for graduation, including: VCU Alumni, VCU Libraries and the University Career Center. During the Grad Fair, you can also have your first graduation photo taken in full regalia, order graduation announcements, select an official VCU class ring and purchase graduation accessories.

Assembling and robing

All candidates attending universitywide Commencement should plan to arrive at the Coliseum by 9 a.m. Candidates should use the 5th Street entrance on the plaza level and then follow signs to their school assembly areas, where faculty marshals will provide further information.

Class rings

See the many custom-crafted class ring options, get sized by a representative from Balfour and purchase your class ring during the Grad Fair events on Feb. 27 on the MCV Campus and Feb. 28 and March 1 on the Monroe Park Campus. STAT members and VCU alumni save $60 on class rings. Class ring informational brochures are available any time in the bookstores. For additional ordering information, please visit balfour.com or call (866) 225-3687 (BALFOUR).

Commencement announcements

Standard announcements are $8 for a package of five. Announcements include two envelopes and a blank name card. Standard announcements are available for sale at the Barnes & Noble @ VCU on the Monroe Park and MCV campuses.

Personalized announcements are available at cbgrad.com/school/vcu or (800) 433-0296. These announcements incorporate the graduate’s name, degree and major into the text. Please allow 5-7 business days for announcement order delivery. It is standard etiquette to send announcements out two weeks before graduation, but announcements may be ordered at any time and can be sent to friends and relatives after graduation.

Commencement exercises: departmental and universitywide ceremonies

Graduates have the opportunity to celebrate their achievement at two ceremonies: the universitywide ceremony and their school or department’s ceremony. At departmental ceremonies, graduates will be recognized individually and typically will walk across the stage. You will receive information concerning your individual ceremony from your school or department office. Visit commencement.vcu.edu/Departmental-Ceremonies for a complete listing of departmental ceremonies.

Departmental ceremonies are separate from the universitywide ceremony, held on Saturday, May 13 at 10 a.m. at the Richmond Coliseum, 601 E. Leigh St. At the universitywide ceremony, graduates are recognized collectively by school, with the exception of Ph.D. and Ed.D. candidates, who will be recognized individually.

Diploma frames

Diploma frames designed and matted especially for VCU will be available through the bookstores. For additional information, please visit or call the Barnes & Noble @ VCU on the Monroe Park Campus at (804) 828-1678, or the Barnes & Noble @ VCU on the MCV Campus at (804) 828-0336.

Diplomas

Diplomas selected for pickup will be available in the Harris Hall Student Services Center, 1015 Floyd Ave., Room 1100, during office hours beginning on or after Monday, June 12. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. If a third party plans to pick up your diploma, you must provide an authorization notification to the Graduation Office via email (rar@vcu.edu) 24 hours prior to the pickup. Diplomas not picked up by June 23 will be mailed starting June 26. Diplomas selected for mailing will be mailed beginning June 13.

Graduation Office

If you or a family member have any questions concerning graduation, please feel free to contact the Graduation Office at (804) 828-1917 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Graduation portraits

GradImages will take studio-quality graduation portraits featuring your choice of background plus cap and gown at the Grad Fairs on Feb. 27 on the MCV Campus and Feb. 28 and March 1 on the Monroe Park Campus. This is the best time to have your photo taken, so please come prepared. A final opportunity will be available before Commencement exercises, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., May 13 at the lower Leigh Street entrance of the Richmond Coliseum. Portrait opportunities are sponsored by VCU Alumni. For more information, please visit https://www.gradimages.com/.

Guest seating

The plaza-level doors to the Coliseum will be opened for guests at 9 a.m. Tickets are not required, and there is no reserved seating. Seating is limited.

Parking

For a nominal fee, parking is available through private contractors in decks and lots adjoining the Coliseum. Mobility-impaired guests and candidates may park at the Coliseum entrance on 7th Street.

Prohibited Items

The Coliseum strictly prohibits alcohol, backpacks and duffle bags, balloons, coolers, bottles, cans, outside food and drink, laser pointers, fireworks, artificial noise makers or air horns, weapons, chains or tools, wrapped packages, and banners and signs. Be advised that the police will confiscate these items. In addition, graduates are asked not to bring their purses or other valuable items, beach balls, Silly String or flammables of any form.

Regalia assistance

A fund has been established to provide those with financial need assistance in purchasing regalia. Students may request an application for regalia assistance in person (Sitterding House, 901 Floyd Ave.) or via email (vcudean@vcu.edu). Applications will be accepted from March 13 to May 1.

RSVP for VCU Commencement

Students who plan to participate in VCU’s universitywide Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m. at the Richmond Coliseum must RSVP to confirm their participation and reserve their seat. All graduating students will receive a Commencement invitation with a link to RSVP at their VCU email addresses on March 13. 

If you do not receive the invitation, you can RSVP at https://vcucommay2017.eventbrite.com.

Please remember, your guests will not need tickets to the universitywide ceremony at the Richmond Coliseum.

Please RSVP by May 1. For questions, please email UNIVevents@vcu.edu.

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Special accommodations

Sections 8L, 10L, 14L, 15L, 24L, 26L, 30L and 31L at the Coliseum are wheelchair-accessible.

Hearing-impaired guests may want to sit in Section 17L, where an interpreter can be seen more easily.

Mobility-impaired guests and candidates may park on 7th Street at the Coliseum entrance.

If you are a graduate with a disability and need accommodations at the ceremony, please contact Disability Support Services at (804) 828-2253.

Family and guests seeking additional information about Accessibility/ADA at the Richmond Coliseum should visit http://richmondcoliseum.net/events-and-ticketing/accessibility/.

Please note: Seating for guests is available on a first come, first served basis. There is no reserved seating.

VCU Alumni

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Visitor information

If you need information about lodging and dining accommodations, “The Complete Visitor’s Guide” is available from the Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, 401 N. 3rd St., Richmond, VA 23219. Call (804) 783-7450 or (888) 742-4666, or visit visitrichmondva.com.