VCU Commencement 2019

FAQ

Q: Where is the Greater Richmond Convention Center?

A: The Greater Richmond Convention Center is located in downtown Richmond at 403 N. Third St., Richmond, Va. 23219. VCU Commencement will be held in the first-floor exhibit halls.

Q: Where can graduates and guests park?

A: Parking is available to the public for a nominal fee at the GRCC parking deck and the Fifth and Marshall streets garage.

GRCC Parking Deck

The GRCC parking deck is located at the corner of Third and Marshall streets and is conveniently connected to GRCC via an enclosed skywalk. For GPS directions to this parking deck, use the following address: 351 N. Third St., Richmond, Va. 23219. For maps and directions, visit https://www.richmondcenter.com/directions. Parking in this deck is limited, so guests are encouraged to come early.

Fifth and Marshall streets garage and other parking options

The Fifth and Marshall streets garage is located at 500 E. Marshall St., Richmond, Va. 23219.

For a detailed map on downtown parking locations, please visit richmondgov.com/Parking/.

Greater Richmond Transit Company

GRCC is also conveniently located on the GRTC Pulse route. The GRCC station is located at Fourth and Broad streets and is a short three-minute walk to GRCC.

Q: Are tickets required to attend the universitywide ceremony?

A: Tickets are not required for those attending the universitywide ceremony at GRCC. Seating for guests is available on a first come, first served basis. There is no reserved seating.

In accordance with fire marshal regulations, no one will be allowed admission once the exhibit halls of GRCC have reached capacity, and guests will be directed to overflow seating. If guests exit the exhibit halls during the ceremony, they will not be readmitted if the seating capacity has been reached.

Please note: Graduates and faculty who plan to participate in the universitywide ceremony are asked to RSVP. A registration form is available at commencement.vcu.edu/rsvp.

Tickets for school or departmental ceremonies may be required. Graduates will receive information about these ceremonies from their school or department office.

Q: What time will doors open? When should family and friends arrive?

A: GRCC doors will open for guests at 8:30 a.m. Guests should allow additional time to travel and park as heavy traffic in the area is anticipated. Guests should enter at the Third and Marshall or Fifth and Marshall entrances to the Exhibit Hall Pavilion of GRCC.

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

A: Graduates have the opportunity to celebrate their achievement at multiple ceremonies, including the universitywide ceremony and their school’s or department’s ceremony.

At school or departmental ceremonies, graduates are recognized individually, with their name announced during the ceremony. Graduates will receive information about these ceremonies from their school or department office. For a listing of these ceremonies, please visit Departmental Ceremonies.

These ceremonies are separate from the universitywide ceremony held on Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. 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: Will VCU Commencement be ADA accessible?

A: Yes. Accessible seating options are available throughout the exhibit halls of GRCC. In addition, closed captioning with be provided on screens throughout the exhibit halls for persons with hearing impairment. Information regarding accessible drop-off points will be available soon.

If you are a graduate with a disability and need accommodations at the ceremony, please contact Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity at (804) 828-2253.

Family and guests seeking additional information about accessibility/ADA at GRCC should visit https://www.richmondcenter.com/visitor-amenities.

Q: Is there a rehearsal for graduates attending the universitywide ceremony? When should graduates arrive to GRCC for VCU Commencement?

A: There is no rehearsal for graduates attending the universitywide ceremony.

Graduates should arrive at the Greater Richmond Convention Center by 9 a.m. Graduates should proceed to the line-up area at the Fifth and Marshall entrance of the Ballroom Pavilion of GRCC. Once inside, follow the signs located throughout directing graduates to the Grand Ballroom.

Graduates, please be cautious wearing tall heels as you will be navigating stairs and escalators during the processional.

Graduates, if you arrive after 9:30 a.m., you may be unable to sit with your school.

Q: What items are prohibited inside GRCC?

A: GRCC policy strictly prohibits alcohol, backpacks and duffle bags, balloons, coolers, bottles, cans, outside food and drink, drones, laser pointers, artificial noisemakers, firearms, weapons or tools, wrapped packages, and banners and signs. In addition, graduates are asked not to bring their purses or other valuable items, beach balls, Silly String or flammables of any form. All graduates and guests will be subject to security screening when arriving at GRCC. If you are found to have any prohibited items during the screening process, you will be asked to remove those items prior to entering the ceremony.

Q: How long is the universitywide ceremony?

A: The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and normally lasts for two hours.

Q: Will there be a webcast of VCU Commencement?

A: Yes. On Commencement day, visit the VCU homepage, www.vcu.edu, or the VCU Facebook page, go.vcu.edu/VCUfacebook, for the live webcast.

Q: How can guests find more information about lodging and dining in Richmond?

A: For information about lodging and dining accommodations, “The Complete Visitor’s Guide” is available at the Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, 401 N. Third St., Richmond, Va. 23219. Call (804) 783-7450 or (888) 742-4666, or visit visitrichmondva.com.