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 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 will ship 24-48 hours after your order is placed and can be ordered anytime including after Commencement.

Class Rings

Information on custom-crafted class rings is available during the Grad Fairs at the Barnes and Noble @ VCU on the Monroe Park Campus and the MCV Campus and year-round at the Richard T. Robertson Alumni House. For additional information, please visit the website at balfour.com/vcu/ 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, June 9. 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 27 will be mailed starting June 30. Diplomas selected for mailing will be mailed beginning June 9.

Cap and gown fitting and sale

Students participating in the Commencement ceremony must wear caps, gowns and hoods. Graduates will need to purchase their academic regalia prior to Commencement day. Regalia prices, including cap, gown, hood and tassel are as follows: A bachelor’s set is $38.98, a master’s set is $41.98 and a doctoral set is $51.98. Prices do not include sales tax.

Regalia will be available at the Grad Fair graduation events scheduled on March 3 from noon to 7 p.m. and March 4 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the University Student Commons on the Monroe Park Campus and on March 5 at the Jonah L. Larrick Student Center on the MCV Campus from noon to 6 p.m.

Beginning March 10, regalia will be available for purchase at the Barnes & Noble @ VCU on the Monroe Park and MCV campuses. If attending the Grad Fair or visiting the bookstore is inconvenient, you can order your regalia online at oakhalli.com/college/vcu beginning March 10. Shipping charges will apply to all Internet orders. Caps and gowns will not be available at the Commencement ceremony.

In addition to receiving 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 3 from noon to 7 p.m. and March 4 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the University Student Commons.

MCV Campus - The Grad Fair will be held March 5 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 3 and 4 on the Monroe Park Campus and March 5 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 10 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.

Lavender Graduation

On Friday, April 25, VCU will host Lavender Graduation from 5 to 7 p.m. This event is a celebration for graduating gender and sexual minority students. Rainbow cords will be distributed to all graduates who will be walking in May. Members of the LGBTQIA community are invited to attend, but you must register in advance by visiting the website at vcualumni.org/lavender. There is no fee and up to three guests can attend with each graduate. December 2013 and August 2014 graduates and their guests are also invited.

Bon Voyage

Celebrate your graduation at Bon Voyage – a party in your honor sponsored by VCU Alumni. The big event will take place Tuesday, April 29, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. The event is open to all December 2013 and May 2014 graduates and one guest each. The entry fee is $10 per person for advance purchase only, or join VCU Alumni as a GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) member for $25 and receive a complimentary ticket to this event. Register online at vcualumni.org/bonvoyage or at the Grad Fairs, or visit the alumni association houses at 924 W. Franklin St. or 1016 E. Clay St. Deadline for $10 registration is Monday, April 21. The fee at the door will be $20 per person.

Baccalaureate service

The Interfaith Campus Ministers Association will sponsor an interfaith baccalaureate service for graduates from both VCU campuses. The 2014 baccalaureate service is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, and will be held in the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts located at 922 Park Ave. The service will feature a baccalaureate address and an interfaith service incorporating representatives and special music from various religious traditions. All 2014 graduates, faculty, staff, and friends and family of the Class of 2014 are cordially invited to attend. Candidates are invited to wear caps and gowns at this event.

Commencement exercises

Commencement exercises will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014, 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.

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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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 (800) 745-3000.

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) 783-7540 or (888) 742-4666, or visit visitrichmondva.com.

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.