VCU Commencement 2019

Timeline

Please check back as dates, times and locations are subject to change.

Grad Fair - MCV Campus
March 11, Noon-6 p.m., Barnes & Noble @ VCU Medical Center
(MCV Campus graduates only)

Grad Fair provides a one-stop opportunity to prepare for graduation. In addition to being the place where you will purchase your cap and gown, the Grad Fair will feature many other services and activities. Representatives from various departments and offices will be available during the Grad Fair to help you prepare for graduation, including VCU Alumni, the University Career Center, the Graduate School and many more. During the Grad Fair, you can also have your first graduation photo taken in full regalia, order graduation announcements, select an official VCU class ring and purchase graduation accessories.

Grad Fair – Monroe Park Campus
March 12 and 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Barnes & Noble @ VCU Monroe Park Campus
(Monroe Park Campus graduates only)

Grad Fair provides a one-stop opportunity to prepare for graduation. In addition to being the place where you will purchase your cap and gown, the Grad Fair will feature many other services and activities. Representatives from various departments and offices will be available during the Grad Fair to help you prepare for graduation, including VCU Alumni, the University Career Center, the Graduate School and many more. During the Grad Fair, you can also have your first graduation photo taken in full regalia, order graduation announcements, select an official VCU class ring and purchase graduation accessories.

Lavender Graduation
April 26, 6-8 p.m., Academic Learning Commons, Room 1107

This event is a celebration for graduating gender and sexual orientation minority students. Rainbow cords will be distributed. Members of the LGBTQIA and ally communities are invited to attend, but you must register in advance at lavgrad.vcu.edu. There is no fee and up to three guests can attend with each graduate. December 2018 and August 2019 graduates and their guests are also invited. A reception will follow in the lobby.

Rams in Recovery Graduation
April 26, 6:30-8:15 p.m., ceremony starts at 7 p.m. University Student Commons, Richmond Salons

This event is a celebration for graduating students in recovery. Purple and gold cords and recovery graduation “chips” will be distributed to all graduates who will be walking in May. Members of the recovery and ally communities are invited to attend. RSVP is required; email recovery@vcu.edu.

Veteran Graduation Recognition Ceremony
April 29, 4-6 p.m., James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall, Room 303

VCU and the Office of Military Student Services is proud to recognize and congratulate our graduating veteran students for their service to our country and their academic success at the Veteran Graduation Recognition Ceremony. Veteran graduates will receive a certificate of achievement as well as their veteran honor cord, which can be worn at the main ceremony. Refreshments will be served, and veterans are invited to bring a guest. Invited guests should RSVP to the ceremony by contacting the VCU Military Student Services Office at militaryserv@vcu.edu or (804) 828-6563.

Graduation Bash
May 4, 5-8 p.m., University Student Commons, Commons Plaza

Celebrate your graduation at VCU’s annual Grad Bash — an event in your honor sponsored by VCU Alumni. The event is open to students who graduated in December 2018 or who are graduating in May or August 2019. It is free for graduating VCU students and $10 for guests or VCU students who are not graduating. Your ticket includes food and one drink coupon. Register online at vcualumni.org/Students/Grad-Bash.

Latinx Achievement Ceremony
May 8, 4 p.m., University Student Commons, Richmond Salons

This annual ceremony for students graduating in spring 2019 is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and celebrates the accomplishments of Latino/a undergraduate and graduate students and Ph.D. candidates. For information on upcoming interest meetings and registration, please visit omsa.vcu.edu.

Donning of the Kente Ceremony
May 9, 4 p.m., University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom

The annual ceremony for students graduating in spring 2019 is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and serves as a celebration of achievement for black undergraduate and graduate students and Ph.D. candidates. This event is open to all students. For information on upcoming interest meetings and registration, please visit omsa.vcu.edu

VCU Commencement
May 11, 10 a.m.-noon, Greater Richmond Convention Center

VCU’s universitywide Commencement ceremony brings graduates from all schools and colleges together to celebrate their academic achievements. The annual ceremony features the president of the university. This event is open to the public. Tickets are not required and seating for guests is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.