Fall Commencement 2020 FAQs
The revised fall semester calendar, as well as the potential for surges in COVID-19, will affect Commencement, originally scheduled for Dec. 12. VCU will evaluate guidance on larger gatherings over the next few months and explore how we recognize the Class of 2020.
Virtual Commencement Celebration FAQs
A: Marching Order is a virtual commencement platform we are using to virtually celebrate our May 2020 graduates. Our virtual celebration site will give each graduate the opportunity to submit a photo and brief message to fellow graduates, family and friends. Our virtual celebration site will go live on May 8, the scheduled weekend of commencement, and will be a central hub for all things Class of 2020. Please plan to share the site with your friends and family and help us to celebrate YOU!
A: Our virtual commencement celebration vendor, Marching Order, has closed the graduate registration portal. No additional submissions will be taken. Those students who did not customize their slide prior to the deadline, and have an active graduation application, will still be featured on the virtual commencement celebration site, launching on May 8.
A: We are excited to celebrate VCU’s Class of 2020 this weekend, May 8-10, with a series of virtual celebrations. University, school, college and office virtual commencement celebration links can be found by visiting: https://commencement.vcu.edu/virtual-celebration-2020/. We hope that you will join us to celebrate the Class of 2020, and share photos and posts on social media utilizing #VCU2020. The celebration site will feature live Twitter and Instagram feeds as part of the celebration.
A: University, school, college and office virtual commencement celebration links can be found by visiting: https://commencement.vcu.edu/virtual-celebration-2020/.
We hope that you will join us to celebrate the Class of 2020, and share photos and posts on social media utilizing #VCU2020. The celebration site will feature live Twitter and Instagram feeds as part of the celebration.
Check out our virtual commencement swag to enhance your at home celebrations with printable banners, signs and social media sticker instructions by visting https://commencement.vcu.edu/virtual-commencement-swag/
A: Yes. Our partners at Marching Order are working to ensure that the virtual celebration website follows accessibility standards. In addition, the virtual celebration website will feature videos produced by the university and these videos will have closed captioning. If you are a student with a disability and need accommodations for this celebration, please email Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any other questions please email UNIVevents@vcu.edu.
A: There will be opportunities for graduates to receive copies of the program at a later date. More information will be shared soon.
Those who requested printed copies of the program should expect them to be delivered by early to mid-June. Thank you for your patience.
A: Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health officials, the university’s Commencement exercises will no longer be held as planned on May 8-9.
A: All 2020 graduates and their guests are now invited to participate in a future university in-person Commencement. In addition, the university has planned a virtual commencement celebration for its May 2020 graduates. VCU has partnered with Marching Order, a professional graduation company, to assist with creating the site. More information can be found above.
A: Yes. This decision includes all school, college and special ceremonies. If there are any alternative plans to recognize graduates, they will be shared by the sponsoring school or office.
A: No. The cancellation of Commencement exercises will not affect degree conferral or diploma for graduating students. The official conferral date for May 2020 degrees is May 16. Degrees will post to your record on Tuesday, May 26. Degrees will not appear on academic transcripts until this date. Degrees will only show for those students who have satisfied all degree requirements and receive final approval. Students should check their academic transcript via eServices to ensure your degree has been posted before requesting official transcripts.
Diplomas will be mailed beginning June 22, to the address provided during graduation checkout. To receive your diploma, you must meet all financial obligations to the university. Diplomas will not be released for those students who have not met their financial obligations. Please contact the Office of Records and Registration at (804) 827-1673 or email@example.com once those obligations have been met.
A: Yes. May graduates will be able to purchase their academic regalia and other Commencement items. Academic regalia (caps, gowns, hoods and tassels) and other items are available for purchase at balfour.com/vcu starting March 24. For more information, please visit https://commencement.vcu.edu/graduation-info/.
UPDATE: The shipping/handling rate for regalia orders has been reduced to $4.95 per order.
A: The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will distribute cultural stoles and cords that were previously planned to be shared at the following ceremonies: Donning of the Kente Ceremony (Kente stole), Latinx Achievement Ceremony (Serape stole) and Lavender Graduation (rainbow cords). OMSA will share details on how students can request stoles/cords and their distribution plan soon. For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.