VCU Commencement

Graduation Info

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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 candidates needing special accommodations for the Coliseum ceremony may call (804) 828-1139 or refer to the Special Accommodations Section.

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 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.

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 at the Barnes & Noble @ VCU on the Monroe Park Campus and the Jonah L. Larrick Student Center on the MCV Campus. Class ring informational brochures are available any time in the bookstores. For additional ordering information, please visit 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, June 8. 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 June 26 will be mailed starting June 29. Diplomas selected for mailing will be mailed beginning June 8.

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 March 2 and 3 at Barnes & Noble @ VCU on the Monroe Park Campus from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on March 4 at the Larrick Student Center on the MCV Campus from noon to 6 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 beginning March 5. 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, $38.98; master set, $41.98; and doctoral set, $51.98. 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.

Locations and dates for the Grad Fairs are:

Monroe Park Campus
The Grad Fair will be held March 2 and 3 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble @ VCU Monroe Park Campus.

MCV Campus
The Grad Fair will be held March 4 at the Jonah L. Larrick Student Center from noon to 6 p.m.

Assembling and robing

All candidates should plan to arrive at the Coliseum by 8:30 a.m., using the lower Leigh Street entrance, which is handicap-accessible, and entering directly off Leigh Street. Candidates should follow signs to their school assembly areas where faculty marshals will provide further information.

Graduation portraits

GradImages will take studio-quality graduation portraits featuring your choice of background plus cap and gown at the Grad Fairs on March 2 and 3 on the Monroe Park Campus and March 4 on the MCV 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 9 at the Leigh Street entrance of the Richmond Coliseum. Portrait opportunities are sponsored by VCU Alumni.

Diploma Frames

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.

Special Note

The Coliseum 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.

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Commencement exercises

Commencement exercises will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 10 a.m. in the Richmond Coliseum, 601 E. Leigh St. Seating is limited and offered on a first-come basis. Please see "Guest seating" for more information.

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Guest seating

The plaza-level doors to the Coliseum will be opened for guests at 9 a.m. The Leigh Street entrance is for graduates only. Tickets are not required, and there is no reserved seating. Once the capacity of the Coliseum is reached, no one will be allowed admission. If guests exit the Coliseum during the ceremony, they will not be readmitted as long as the seating capacity has been reached.

Special accommodations

Sections 14L, 15L, 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. Graduation candidates who need special accommodations should contact Joyce Knight at Disability Support Services by calling (804) 828-1139. Guests seeking information regarding special accommodations should contact the Richmond Coliseum at (804) 780-4970, ext. 131.

Visitor Information

If you need information about lodging and dining accommodations, "The Official 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


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.

VCU's Graduate Outcomes Survey

As a soon-to-be graduate of VCU you will be emailed a series of requests to tell us where you're headed after your time at VCU.  Starting a new job? Continuing your education? Maybe you’re not sure just yet. VCU would like to know.  The Outcomes Survey is a national survey of graduates’ first-destination outcomes, and as you approach graduation at VCU you’ll be asked to share your plans. Your name will not be associated with your responses in any public way, as responses will be reported in aggregate. Be sure to fill out the survey when you receive the email!