Graduation info

Virtual commencement celebration

Update: 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.

We are partnering with Marching Order to produce our virtual commencement celebration website. All prospective May 2020 graduates will receive an email from the VCU Office of University Events (UNIVevents@vcu.edu) to create a profile within the Marching Order site.  


All May 2020 graduates will have a slide on the virtual celebration site that is preloaded with their name, school or college, degree, and Latin honors (if applicable). On the site, you will be able to upload a photo, write a small message to family, friends or fellow graduates, and submit the phonetic spelling of your name.
Each slide will also feature an audible reading of the graduate’s name. 

VCU’s virtual commencement celebration will be very interactive with multiple videos for graduates and families to enjoy. In addition, graduates will have the ability to share their graduate slide to their social media and congratulate their friends on their graduate slide as well. The celebration will include social media feeds, so make sure to interact with VCU’s social platforms on May 8 as well!

Our 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 visit the FAQ page for more information. 

 


May 2020 Commencement Program

Graduates will have the option to request two printed copies of the universitywide commencement keepsake program, which will include a list of spring degree recipients. Shipping will be free. Graduates have received an email with additional details. Also, a PDF version of the program will be available to download on May 8, 2020. If you have any questions, please email UNIVevents@vcu.edu

Those who requested printed copies of the program should expect them to be delivered by early to mid-June. Thank you for your patience.

 


Academic regalia

In lieu of our on-campus Grad Fair, our partners at Balfour are creating a virtual Grad Fair experience for all graduates and their families. This will afford each student the opportunity to view and purchase products to commemorate their outstanding achievements. Additional information will be sent to graduates via email.

Through the virtual Grad Fair you can purchase your cap and gown, VCU class rings, commencement announcements, diploma frames and more.

In addition to virtual Grad Fair, we’ve set up a virtual chat with Alumni Relations and Career Services staff to discuss resources and support you as a student and alumnus. You could also virtually chat with other graduates to discuss life after graduation. More details to come soon.

Academic regalia (caps, gowns, hoods and tassels) are available for purchase online starting March 24. 

UPDATE: The shipping/handling rate for regalia orders has been reduced to $4.95 per order.

Regalia prices, including cap, gown, hood and tassel are: bachelor set, $56.98; master set, $73.98; Ph.D./Ed.D. set, $108.98; and professional doctorate set, $59.98 (professional doctorate programs include D.P.T., D.D.S., Pharm.D., M.D. and D.N.A.P.). Prices do not include sales tax.

For custom regalia, please see the order form online at balfour.com/vcu.

Regalia assistance

A fund has been established to provide relief for those who need financial assistance in purchasing regalia. Students may access the application for regalia assistance online at dos.vcu.edu/services/regalia-assistance/. Applications will be accepted through April 3. Funds are limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until they run out.

Cords and stoles

Some cords and stoles, including honor cords, will be available for purchase at balfour.com/vcu. For more information on Latin honors, please visit rar.vcu.edu/graduation.

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 ingramtd@vcu.edu

 


Class giving campaign

During this national crisis period, VCU is focused on how to provide the best services to our patients and students. We have created two brand-new funds to help the university respond to the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The VCU Student Life and Learning Fund supports emergency needs of students, and the VCU COVID-19 Response Fund supports research and clinical care. You can learn more at https://www.support.vcu.edu/covidresponse/.

If you are still compelled to commemorate your graduation year with a $20.20 class gift, you can make your gift online at go.vcu.edu/2020classgift and donate it to either fund or to any area of your choice.

 


Class rings

The official VCU Class Ring is a lasting symbol of your academic achievements and a constant reminder of the University's distinct history. Around the country and the world, fellow alumni wear VCU rings and it provides instantaneous recognition and serves as a wonderful catalyst for sharing in VCU affiliation and memories. You join alumni in wearing the official class ring as a reminder of the time, experiences and memories you had at VCU.

You can enter code S VCU AA 35 at checkout for $35 off your ring purchase.

For additional ordering information, please visit
balfour.com/vcu or call (866) 225-3687 (BALFOUR).

 


Commencement announcements

Announcements are the traditional way to tell your friends and family about your achievement. Personalized announcements are available online at balfour.com/vcu or by calling (800) 433-0296.

These announcements are printed with the graduate’s full formal name, degree and major. Please allow five to seven business days for announcement order delivery.

 


Diploma and degree conferral

The official conferral date for May 2020 degrees is May 16, 2020. Degrees will post to your record on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Degrees will not appear on your academic transcript until this date. Degrees will only show for those students who have satisfied all degree requirements and receive final approval. Check your academic transcript via eServices to ensure your degree has been posted before requesting official transcripts.

Diplomas will be mailed beginning June 22, 2020, 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 graduation@vcu.edu once those obligations have been met.

Name of use

If you are requesting changes based on a legal change of name, the first step is to process your legal change of name with the university. Information about processing your legal change of name with the university may be found at rar.vcu.edu/records.

If you have not changed your legal name and are requesting changes based on the name of use, then please consult dos.vcu.edu/resources/name-change-resources/.

 


Diploma frames

Diploma frames designed and matted especially for VCU will be available for purchase online at balfour.com/vcu.

 


Financial aid guidance

There are free resources to help you navigate life beyond college. Visit https://studentaid.gov/h/manage-loans to find your federal student loan servicer, review loan repayment plans, and determine how much you need to pay and when.

Need help with making the most of your money? Learn about the Five Money Principles you should keep in mind when making day-to-day financial decisions by visiting https://www.mymoney.gov/mymoneyfive/Pages/mymoneyfive.aspx

Additionally, VCU has partnered with Student Connections™ — an organization with more than 50 years of experience in counseling student loan borrowers — to assist in understanding loan repayment commitments and in addressing any issues our students may encounter with the repayment of their student loans.  Visit http://www.repaymyloans.org/ for assistance. These resources will help you learn ways to minimize your debt and save for the future.

 


Graduate exit survey

May 2020 graduates, please tell us about your plans post-graduation. This information will help us support you - our newest alumni. To share this information with us through Handshake, please visit https://go.vcu.edu/2020-graduate-survey.

 


Pins for first-generation graduates

You First @ VCU, an initiative of the Division of Strategic Enrollment Management, has a gift for you! They have designed a special “You First @ VCU” pin for you to wear on your regalia as you celebrate your big day.

Who qualifies as a first-gen student? Any student whose parents did not complete a four-year degree is considered a first-generation student. Some of you may have siblings who are attending college or who completed a degree — you and your siblings are part of the same generation. You’re all first-gens!

More information on how you will receive your “You First @ VCU” pin will be shared at a later date. Questions? Please feel free to contact youfirst@vcu.edu.

 


Records and Registration

If you or a family member have any questions concerning graduation, please feel free to contact the Office of Records and Registration at graduation@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1673 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 


VCU Alumni

You’ve had a great ride, and the memories of your time at VCU will stay with you forever. But don’t leave VCU in the rearview. Connect now with the VCU Office of Alumni Relations to discover all the ways you can remain connected with your alma mater long after the big day. As a graduate, you can join regional, academic, identity-based or special interest-based chapters; grow your career by joining VCU’s online networking community, VCU Link, at link.vcu.edu; find an opportunity to get involved with Volunteer VCU at volunteer.vcu.edu; and access resources and discounts on insurance, hotels, car rentals and more. Most importantly, make sure you stay connected after graduation by providing a non-VCU email and other updated contact information at vcualumni.org/alumni/update. Becoming official alumni is closer than you think. If you have any questions, email alumni@vcu.edu.