College of Engineering

Spring 2021 Graduation [View Image]

Date: Sunday, May 16 | Time: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. | Location: Altria Theater

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The VCU College of Engineering will host an in-person graduation celebration for students on Sunday, May 16, at Altria Theater. Both ceremonies will be livestreamed.

Graduating students, who will be required to wear a cap and gown, will walk across the stage. Professional photography services will be available.

See below for more information and check back frequently as new details are confirmed.

Each graduate may bring up to three guests.

Graduate and undergraduate students will walk with their respective departments according to the schedule below:

  • 10 a.m. – Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
  • 2 p.m. – Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Life Science Engineering, Computer Science

COVID-19 protocols will be followed, including social distancing and sanitizing the theater between ceremonies.


When is graduation?
VCU Engineering’s graduation ceremonies will be held on Sunday, May 16, 2021, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Where is it being held?
VCU Engineering’s graduation ceremonies will be held at the Altria Theater, across the street from Monroe Park.

Are extra tickets available?
If extra tickets become available, they may be requested by emailing with “Graduation Ticket Request” in the subject line.

Suggestions for parking?
VCU’s West Main Street parking deck and street parking are available.

What COVID-19 protocols will be followed?

  • All attendees will be required to wear appropriate face coverings
  • Graduates’ guests (up to three) will be seated in clusters and will be asked to maintain social distance from other clusters
  • The theater will be cleaned before and after each ceremony
  • If an attendee has been recently exposed to COVID-19 or is experiencing symptoms, we ask them to kindly remain at home and join by livestream

Do graduates need to wear a cap and gown?
Yes, a cap and gown are required to gain access to the procession area.

How will Ph.D. students be hooded?
Hooding a doctoral student as recognition of completing their Ph.D. is a long-held and special tradition, usually performed by that student’s faculty adviser. Unfortunately, social distancing guidelines will not allow the adviser to perform the rite of passage of placing the hood over the head of the graduate. Therefore, we are asking every Ph.D. candidate to designate a person — a parent, spouse, significant other, special relative, etc. — to join them in this very special moment and place the hood over their graduate’s head. While different, we are excited for this new opportunity that we know will be extremely special for each graduate and their families.

Will I walk across the stage?
Yes, the current plan is for each graduate to walk across the stage.

Will a photographer be available?
Yes, a professional photographer will be available.

Where can I take pictures with my family?
College of Engineering photo backdrops will be set up in the West Hall lobby and the East Hall atrium for graduate photos after the ceremony.

Will the service be livestreamed?
Yes, both ceremonies will be livestreamed in their entirety.

How will the seats be arranged?
The seating will be done according to the state’s social distancing guidelines.

When will seating begin?
Information about seating will be made available as the date approaches.

What is the order of ceremony?
Details about the procession will appear on this site at a later date.

Will food or beverages be available?
No, food and beverages will not be provided or allowed in the Altria Theater.

When will I receive my official diploma?
Graduates should receive their diploma approximately one month after degrees are conferred.

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College of Engineering
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Box 843068
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3068
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