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Commencement FAQ

When are the Commencement Ceremonies?
  • Main Commencement for undergraduates will take place on Sunday, May 7th 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
  • School of Professional and Continuing Studies Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 6th 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
  • MBA Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 6th 2017 at 11:30 a.m.
  • School of Law Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 6th 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Baccalaureate Service will take place on Sunday, May 7th 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

Where is Commencement taking place?
  • Main Commencement, SPCS Commencement, and Law Commencement will take place in the Robins Center Arena at the University of Richmond Campus. You can find directions here.
  • MBA Commencement will take place in Robins School of Business, Queally Hall 
Who are the 2017 Commencement speakers?
  • The Main Commencement ceremony will include remarks from the President as well as a commencement address from a speaker TBA. Additionally, remarks will be given by a student commencement speaker.
What is the duration of each ceremony?
  • Main Commencement will last no longer than 3 hours.
  • SPCS Commencement will last no longer than 2 hours.
  • MBA Commencement will last no longer than 1.5 hours.
  • Law Commencement will last no longer than 2 hours.
  • Baccalaureate Service will last no longer than 1 hour. 
Do I need tickets to attend Commencement? Is there a charge for tickets?
  • Each guest must have a ticket to enter the Robins Center for the Main Commencement Ceremony.  There is no charge for tickets to Commencement.
  • No other ceremony requires tickets.
How can I obtain tickets?
What if I lose my tickets?
  • Please contact the Commencement Office at (804) 289-8550. 
What if I do not know a graduate but would still like to attend the Main Commencement ceremony?
  • Any unclaimed tickets will be distributed to those needing extra tickets from the Events office on a first come first served basis, with graduating seniors receiving priority beginning the Thursday following Ticket Distribution.
When should I arrive to get the best seats? What time will the doors open for entry into the Robins Center? Can I wait in line beforehand?
  • As seating for the Commencement in the Robins Center will be general admission, we recommend that you arrive early to ensure that you get the best seats. Doors will open at 12:30p.m. Typically, a small line forms prior to doors opening. 
Where can I find parking? Do I have to pay for parking?

Parking is free of charge. University Police will direct guests to available parking.  A parking map can be viewed or downloaded at http://www.richmond.edu/visit/maps.

How does the University make accommodations for those with disabilities?
  • Parking for disabled guests is located in the Millhiser Parking lot on the ambulatory level (track side) of the Robins Center. University Police will be on hand to assist guests and make the appropriate arrangements. Guests may drop off individuals with disabilities at the President’s Circle in front of the Robins Center (facing football stadium) and then find available parking.
  • Seating on the upper (ambulatory) level of the Robins Center is available for people with disabilities. Handicapped seating will be marked by signage located on the seat. Guests in wheelchairs will have spaces available at the corner entrances on the upper (ambulatory) level with excellent visibility.

Please note that we do not provide wheelchairs for guests. Families and friends may rent wheelchairs from local establishments to be used while on campus. The following are provided as a courtesy:

  • Westbury Pharmacy - (804) 288-1882
  • West End Home Health Care - (804) 353-7703
  • Rehab Healthcare - (804) 353-7244 ext. 388
Will there be a professional photographer at the ceremony?
  • GradImages is pleased to provide photographic services to all graduates.  They will be taking photos of every graduate and sending proofs to addresses you provide.  Please visit www.gradimages.com/Preregistration to sign up to receive your free proofs of this important day.  There is no obligation to purchase anything.
  • For their own safety and the courtesy of others, guests may not take photographs from the platform (stage). The platform is strictly for graduates.
Can guests bring cameras/recording devices?
  • The use of a handheld personal video camera will be allowed only if it does not obstruct the view of other guests in the audience. Tripods are not permitted.
Will there be a live stream on the internet for those to watch at home?
  • We will be live streaming main commencement.
May I bring food and drink in to the Robins Center?
  • We ask that guests do not bring food or drink to the Commencement Ceremonies.
Where can I place my stroller, wheelchair, walker, etc.?
  • Ushers will be available to help with any items that need storing. Additionally, handicapped seating will be available for those with wheelchairs or walkers.
Is there an area for children if they become restless?
  • There will be a designated room for restless children. Child caretakers will be available for any parents wishing to return to the ceremony.
When and where is ticket pickup?
  • Tyler Haynes Commons – The Pier – Tuesday and Wednesday, April 18 and 19, 2017 – 1:00-6:00p
What if I lose my tickets before I can give them to my family?
  • If you lose your tickets, please contact the Commencement Office at (804) 289-8172.
What if I need additional tickets?
  • Remaining tickets will be distributed to those needing extra tickets from the Events Office on a first come first served basis beginning the Thursday following Ticket Distribution.
  • The number of tickets available per day/per student will be TBD per the number of tickets available after formal distribution.  
Is there a rehearsal for Commencement?
  • No
When and where do I meet for Main Commencement?
  • Graduates will be expected to check in for Main Commencement on Sunday, May 7 from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m., following the Graduates Walk for those participating. The check-in area is located in the Weinstein Recreation and Wellness Center. Parents and guests are not permitted in this area.
Can I find out where I line up before Commencement?
  • Yes, this information is TBA will be available on this site closer to Commencement.
What is the dress code for commencement?
  • Business casual. Heels are not recommended. Flip flops are prohibited. 
Where do I get my cap and gown?
Where can I get graduation invitatations/announcements?
  • Please contact Balfour to order Commencement announcements.
When is the Graduation Fair?
  • The Graduation Fair will be held on Tuesday, April 18 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm in the Alice Haynes Room in the Tyler Haynes Commons. 
If I have a specific question about my degree, who should I contact?
  • Graduating students with questions concerning their degrees should contact the deans of their respective schools.
Do faculty members need a ticket for entry?
  • No
Is there a dress code for faculty?
  • Faculty attending and seated on the floor during all commencement ceremonies are expected to wear graduation regalia which includes a cap/tam and gown. 
Do staff members need a ticket for entry?
  • Yes, however, tickets distribution for staff is TBD per the number of ticket acquired by graduating students. Staff and those without tickets may still arrive at the Robins Center and wait until roughly 2:00p and may receive entry per the availability of remaining seats.   

Contact Us

Commencement Office
(804) 289-8172
commencement@richmond.edu