VCU Commencement 2018


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 12 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: Are graduates required to attend both the universitywide ceremony and their 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 guests be able to enter the arena for the universitywide ceremony?

 A: The plaza-level doors to the Coliseum will be opened for guests at 9 a.m. 

 Q: Where can guests park for the universitywide ceremony?

 A: Public parking is available in parking decks on both 5th and 7th streets for a nominal fee. The VCU 8th Street Parking Deck (659 N. 8th St.) will be free and open to the public on Commencement day.

Guests and candidates with reduced mobility may park on 7th Street at the Coliseum entrance.

 Q: Are tickets required for the universitywide ceremony?

 A: For the universitywide ceremony, tickets for guests are not required. Seating for guests is available on a first come, first served basis. There is no reserved seating.

For the departmental ceremonies, tickets may be required. For more information, visit