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 Siegel Center ceremony may call (804) 828-1139 or refer to the appropriate sections of this brochure.

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 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. Please note that 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 the website at balfour.com or call (866) 225-3687 (BALFOUR).

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, Jan. 26. 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.6 will be mailed starting Feb. 9. Diplomas selected for mailing will be mailed beginning Jan. 26. Diplomas for August 2014 graduates are currently being mailed.

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 Oct. 20 and 21 at Barnes & Noble @ VCU on the Monroe Park Campus from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Oct. 22 at the Jonah L. Larrick Student Center on the MCV Campus from 12 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 oakhalli.com/college/vcu beginning Oct. 23. Shipping charges will apply to all online orders. Academic regalia will not be available at the Commencement ceremony.

Regalia prices, including cap, gown, hood and tassel are $38.98 for a bachelor’s set, $41.98 for a master’s set and $51.98 for a doctoral set. Prices do not include sales tax.

Assembling and robing

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

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. 13 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Graduates who wish to avail themselves of this final portrait opportunity 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/Benefits/alumni-students /Graduation-photos.

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.

Commencement exercises

Commencement exercises will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, 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.

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Guest seating

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.

Special accommodations

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 accommodations should contact Joyce Knight, Disability Support Services, at (804) 828-1139. Guests seeking information regarding special accommodations should contact the Siegel Center at (804) 827-1000 or visit siegelcenter.com/information/guest.

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.

Parking

Parking is available, free of charge, at the VCU parking decks located at 1111 W. Broad St. and 609 Bowe St. For maps and directions, visit maps.vcu.edu/monroepark/siegelcenter.