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 these ceremonies.

Departmental ceremonies are separate from the universitywide ceremony held on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. in the E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center, 1200 W. Broad 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 Siegel Center doors will be opened for guests at 9 a.m. Tickets are not required and there is no reserved seating. In accordance with fire marshal regulations, no one will be allowed admission once the Siegel Center has reached capacity. If guests exit the Siegel Center during the ceremony, they will not be readmitted as long as the seating capacity has been reached.

Q: Where can guests park for the universitywide ceremony?

A: Parking is available to the public for free at two VCU parking decks: the West Broad Street Parking Deck, located at 1111 W. Broad St., and the Bowe Street Parking Deck, 609 Bowe St. For maps and directions, visit

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