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VCU Spring Commencement 2021

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Virginia Commonwealth University will host a universitywide virtual commencement this spring while also holding an assortment of in-person graduation ceremonies at the department, school and college levels. To read the full news release please visit

VCU will continue to monitor the restrictions on large-scale gatherings. At this time VCU is exploring all the safest possible options. We will provide additional updates to you and your families later this month, as we consult the guidance from VCU’s Public Health Response Team, the Governor of Virginia, and the Virginia Department of Health.

Our priorities are the health, safety and wellness — both physical and emotional — of every member of the VCU community. VCU continues to monitor, assess and address situations as they arise. For additional information regarding VCU's return to campus plan, please visit


Additional Information

Graduate Photo Submission Form for Spring 2021 Graduates

This year we have a unique opportunity for you to share your graduation photos with us, so that we can display them for your family and friends during our virtual celebrations. 

Please submit your grad photos via this form to be included in the celebration by May 7. 

Family & Friend Video Submission Form 

We are excited to collect video shoutouts from family and friends of the VCU Class of 2021. We invite you to upload your 10-12 second video clips using our form. Please follow all form instructions to ensure the most high-quality video submission possible.

Videos must be submitted by April 23.  

Grad Portraits 

VCU will host graduate portrait sessions at the Stuart C. Siegel Center on Tuesday, May 11 from 2 PM to 7 PM and on Wednesday, May 12 from 9 AM to 3 PM for May 2021 graduates. Graduates must sign up for a reserved time slot and will be sent additional instructions for arrival and social distancing protocols. Professional graduate photos will be taken by GradImages and graduates will be able to take portraits as well as pose on the commencement stage, during their registered time period. 


All 2020 and May 2021 graduates originally invited to participate in a ceremony will be invited to participate in person at a future university commencement ceremony. All 2020 and May 2021 graduates will be contacted with more information.