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 candidates needing special accommodations for the Siegel Center ceremony may call (804) 828-1139 or refer to the appropriate sections of this brochure.
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 Campus and the MCV Campus.
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; announcements must be ordered by Dec. 2 to guarantee a December delivery.
Information on custom-crafted class rings is available during the regalia fitting sessions at the Barnes & Noble @ VCU on the Monroe Park Campus and the MCV Campus. For additional ordering information, please visit the website at balfour.com or call (866) 225-3687 (BALFOUR).
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, Jan. 27. 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 notify the Graduation Office at (804) 828-1917 on the same day to authorize the pickup. Diplomas not picked up by Feb. 7 will be mailed starting Feb. 10. Diplomas selected for mailing will be mailed beginning Jan. 27. Diplomas for August 2013 graduates are currently being mailed.
Students participating in the ceremony will wear caps, gowns and hoods. Academic regalia will be available during a Grad Fair event on each campus on Oct. 2 and 4.
The final cap and gown distribution sessions will be held at the Barnes & Noble @ VCU on the MCV Campus, Dec. 9 and 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and at the Barnes & Noble @ VCU on the Monroe Park Campus, Dec. 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If special accommodations are needed, please call Barnes & Noble @ VCU on the Monroe Park Campus at (804) 828-1678 or Barnes & Noble @ VCU on the MCV Campus at (804) 828-0336. If you are unable to attend the Grad Fair or the final cap and gown distribution session, please order your regalia online at oakhalli.com/college/vcu beginning Oct. 5. Shipping charges will apply to all Internet orders. Caps and gowns will not be available the day of Commencement.
Caps and gowns will not be available the day of Commencement.
All candidates should plan to arrive at the Stuart C. Siegel Center, 1200 W. Broad St., by 8:30 a.m., using the Harrison Street entrance. Candidates should follow signs to their school assembly areas, where faculty marshals will provide further information.
Graduation portraits - featuring a choice of background - will be taken at the Stuart C. Siegel Center, 1200 W. Broad St., prior to Commencement exercises on Dec. 14 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Graduates who wish to avail themselves of this final portrait opportu- nity should plan to arrive early. There is no obligation to purchase the portrait; you will receive proofs via email showing each available background. Graduation photography is coordinated through VCU Alumni. Visit vcualumni.org/engage/gradphotos.html for additional information.
Diploma frames designed and matted especially for Virginia Commonwealth University 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.
Commencement exercises will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at 10 a.m. in the Stuart C. Siegel Center, 1200 W. Broad St. Seating is limited and offered on a first-come basis. Please see “Guest seating” for more information.
Siegel Center policy strictly prohibits alcoholic beverages, balloons and/or flammables of any form being brought into the building. Be advised that the police will confiscate these items. We want you to enjoy the day, but we expect our graduates to comply with these policies for the safety of all our guests.
The Siegel Center doors will be opened for guests at 9 a.m. Tickets are not required and there is no reserved seating. In accordance with fire marshal regulations, no one will be allowed admission once the Siegel Center has reached capacity. If guests exit the Siegel Center during the ceremony, they will not be readmitted as long as the seating capacity has been reached.
Mobility-impaired guests may unload at the Siegel Center UU lot located at the corner of Broad and Ryland streets and park on the ground floor of the Bowe Street Parking Deck, located at 609 Bowe St. Hearing-impaired guests may want to sit in Section 8, where an interpreter can be easily seen. Graduation candidates needing special accom- modations should contact Joyce Knight, Disability Support Services, at (804) 828-1139. Guests seeking information regarding special accommodations should contact the Siegel Center at (804) 827-1001 or visit siegelcenter.com/information/guest.
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.
Parking is available, free of charge, at the VCU parking decks located at 1111 W. Broad St. and 609 Bowe St. Satellite parking is also available, free of charge, at the VCU deck located at 801 W. Main Street. For maps and directions, visit maps.vcu.edu/monroepark/siegelcenter.