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Current Undergraduate StudentsGraduation Information

Sunday, May 16, 2021

1:00 p.m. Ceremony- Check Your VCU Email for Your Ceremony Start Time

12:15 p.m.
Guests will enter the doors marked for guest entry in the east plaza of the Stuart C. Siegel Center, located on West Broad Street and North Harrison Street. Guests must present a ticket for entry. Tickets are non-transferrable and do not allow for re-entry. All venue seating is general admission unless otherwise marked. Parties will need to remain 6 feet away from other parties at all times. Masks are required at all times.

Graduates will enter the doors marked for graduate entry in the east plaza of the Stuart C. Siegel Center, located on West Broad Street and North Harrison Street. Graduates must show their VCU Entry Pass in order to enter. There is no storage space for personal items (purses, umbrellas, etc.). Graduates will need to store any personal items near their seats and are encouraged to bring as little as possible with them. Graduates must enter no later than 12:50 p.m.

1:00 p.m.
The ceremony begins! Graduates will stand to be recognized in lieu of a traditional procession.

At the Conclusion of the Ceremony
Graduates and guests will exit out of the same doors they entered. Per COVID guidelines, graduates and guests must remain separated until they are outside of the Siegel Center. It may be best to meet family and friends at your vehicle or next celebration location.

Note
Graduates and their guests are also welcome to attend the virtual university-wide VCU Commencement at 9 a.m. on May 15th. Additional details may be found here.

4:00 p.m. Ceremony- Check Your VCU Email for Your Ceremony Start Time

3:15 p.m.
Guests will enter the doors marked for guest entry in the east plaza of the Stuart C. Siegel Center, located on West Broad Street and North Harrison Street. Guests must present a ticket for entry. Tickets are non-transferrable and do not allow for re-entry. All venue seating is general admission unless otherwise marked. Parties will need to remain 6 feet away from other parties at all times. Masks are required at all times.

Graduates will enter the doors marked for graduate entry in the east plaza of the Stuart C. Siegel Center, located on West Broad Street and North Harrison Street. Graduates must show their VCU Entry Pass in order to enter. There is no storage space for personal items (purses, umbrellas, etc.). Graduates will need to store any personal items near their seats and are encouraged to bring as little as possible with them. Graduates must enter no later than 3:50 p.m.

4:00 p.m.
The ceremony begins! Graduates will stand to be recognized in lieu of a traditional procession.  

At the Conclusion of the Ceremony
Graduates and guests will exit out of the same doors they entered. Per COVID guidelines, graduates and guests must remain separated until they are outside of the Siegel Center. It may be best to meet family and friends at your vehicle or next celebration location.

Note
Graduates and their guests are also welcome to attend the virtual university-wide VCU Commencement at 9 a.m. on May 15th. Additional details may be found here.

  • Students may obtain a maximum of two guest tickets. Students will not need a ticket for themselves. No requests will be honored for additional tickets.

  • Students will receive an email from the Siegel Center the week before the ceremony with instructions for receiving their tickets. Please do not contact the Siegel Center ahead of time regarding tickets.

  • Tickets are non-transferrable and do not allow for re-entry.

  • All venue seating is general admission, unless otherwise marked.

  • Parties will need to remain 6 feet away from other parties at all times, including during entry and exit. Parties are asked to leave three chairs or one row of seats between themselves and other parties.

  • Masks are required at all times inside the Siegel Center.

Attire for graduates is either graduation regalia (cap, gown, and hood) or business attire.
 
Students participating in the Commencement ceremony can wear academic regalia (caps, gowns and hoods) or business attire to the ceremony. Regalia will be available for purchase at Barnes & Noble @ VCU on the Monroe Park and MCV campuses.
 
If you are unable to visit the bookstore, please order your regalia online at balfour.com/vcu beginning April 1st. Shipping charges will apply to all internet orders.
 
Caps and gowns will not be available at the Commencement ceremony.

Parking is free and available in the West Broad St. and Bowe St. Decks.

We are pleased to have both of our ceremonies in the Stuart C. Siegel Center. All guest tickets are general admission. Accessible seating options exist throughout the arena in all general seating categories and view perspectives. Guests requesting ADA seating can do so with one of the Siegel Center ushers. Additional venue information may be found on the Siegel Center website here.

Livestream

We are excited to host a live streams at each of the commencement ceremonies for all guests unable to attend in person due to capacity constraints. You are welcome to share this page with any family or friends that are not able to join us at the Siegel Center. Barring any technical issues, we plan to go live 30 minutes before the ceremony.

1:00 p.m. Graduation Livestream

4:00 p.m. Graduation Livestream

Please note the following before sharing these live stream links:

  • There will be separate live streams for each ceremony. A recording will be available after the event.

  • The stream will go live at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 16th.

  • After the conclusion of the live stream, there will be a slideshow with virtual slides for all graduates registered for either the 1:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. ceremony. Students were invited to submit a photo for their virtual slide via the registration form that was emailed to them.

  • If technology errors occur, we will attempt to update the livestream sites directly. We will not be able to address specific questions from viewers during the event.

Frequently Asked Questions

The official conferral date for May 2021 degrees is May 22, 2021. Degrees will post to your record on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. 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 28, 2021, 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.

Students will not have to climb stairs to reach the stage. Guests requiring accessible seating should notify Siegel Center staff upon arrival. Any other accommodations for students or guests should also be shared with usib@vcu.edu for undergraduate students, or gouldmana@vcu.edu for graduates as far in advance as possible.

You may attend both, either, or neither ceremonies. The VCU university-wide commencement will be held at 9 a.m. on May 15th virtually. This will be a larger ceremony, and individual graduates will not be recognized. The School of Business Commencement will individually recognize each graduate in a more intimate setting.

This ceremony will look significantly different than previous graduation ceremonies. All graduates and guests are required to wear a mask at all times during the event. In order to limit prolonged congregation, graduates will not be allowed to process in and will be asked to find their seats at the beginning of the ceremony. We are unable to offer a physical copy of a commencement program, but will have a virtual program available prior to the event. After the event, graduates are not allowed to congregate and must exit the venue.

The Siegel Center does not have any storage areas for personal items of graduates. Graduates will need to store any personal items near their seats and are encouraged to bring as little as possible with them to the ceremony.

Photo Specialties is the graduation photographer for the VCU School of Business Graduate Programs Commencement. Each graduate will receive a photo that is taken as they are handed their diploma, as well as individually after stepping off of the stage. Please note that graduates are required to wear their mask while crossing the stage, but will be allowed to take a photo without their mask after crossing the stage in a specially designated area.

A color proof, which includes a password for online viewing, will be sent to your current mailing address if you gave consent when submitting an RSVP. You are under no obligation to purchase prints. To receive an email notification the moment your photos are online, please visit www.photospecialties.com to pre-register. If you do not receive a proof within a week of the ceremony, please contact info@photospecialties.com or call 1-800-722-7033.

We believe the ceremony will be fewer than 90 minutes.

Still have questions? Please email usib@vcu.edu if you are an undergraduate student or gouldmana@vcu.edu if you are a graduate student and we will assist.

Contact us

Undergraduate Studies 
Snead Hall, Room B1100
(804) 828-3710
usib@vcu.edu

Graduate Studies 
Snead Hall, Room B3102
(804) 828-4622
gsib@vcu.edu

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