VCU Commencement


Q: What is the difference between VCU’s universitywide ceremony and departmental ceremonies?

 A: 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 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.

 Q: Do I have to attend both the universitywide ceremony and my departmental ceremony?

 A: Graduates should check in with their advisors to see if their attendance to commencement is mandatory. For most graduates, attendance to the universitywide or departmental ceremony is not mandatory.

 Q: What if I am a double major?

 A: For the universitywide ceremony, graduates who are double majors will need to pick one school or college to walk with in the processional. However, these graduates are able to be recognized by standing for each degree when their schools are announced.

 Q: What time will family and friends be able to enter the arena for the universitywide ceremony?

 A: Family and friends, please note that the 6th Street entrance of the Richmond Coliseum will open for the public/guests at 9 a.m.

 Q: Where can guests park for the universitywide ceremony?

 A: Public parking is available on both 7th and 5th Streets for a nominal fee. The closest deck for graduates is at 5th and Marshall Streets. 

 Q: Are tickets required? If so, how many tickets will I receive?

 A: For the universitywide ceremony, tickets are not required and there is no assigned seating. For the departmental ceremonies, tickets may be required; click here for more information.

 Q: Where do I go once I arrive?

 A: Graduates and participating faculty, please arrive to Richmond Coliseum by 9 a.m. in your full regalia (cap, gown and hood). Upon your arrival, please enter the Richmond Coliseum through the 5th Street entrance. Follow the signs located throughout the tunnel and concourse. Line-up areas are organized by school and then by degree. Commencement staff will also be on hand to help you.