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 commencement.vcu.edu/Departmental-Ceremonies for a complete listing of these ceremonies.
Departmental ceremonies are separate from the universitywide ceremony held on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. 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 advisers to see if their attendance at Commencement is mandatory. For most graduates, attendance to the universitywide or departmental ceremony is not mandatory.
Q: What if I am a double major or seeking dual degrees?
A: For the universitywide ceremony, graduates who are double majors, or seeking dual degrees, 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, located at 609 Bowe St. For maps and directions, visit maps.vcu.edu/monroepark/broadstdeck and maps.vcu.edu/monroepark/bowestdeck.
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.
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: How long is the universitywide ceremony?
A: The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and normally lasts two hours.
Q: Will there be a webcast of VCU Commencement?
Q: How can guests find more information about lodging and dining in Richmond?
A: For information about lodging and dining accommodations, “The Official 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.