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Main Ceremony

Events are open to relatives and guests of the graduate. The number after each event location refers to the location key numbers shown on the campus map. The shaded areas on the map show parking adjacent to event locations.

Commencement exercises are expected to run from 2–4:30 p.m. for the undergraduate ceremony.

Friday, May 5

SSIR Reception
Queally Hall; Molechert Commons
2 - 3:30 p.m.

International Education Graduation Reception
Carol Weinstein International Center
3 - 5 p.m.

Department of Journalism
Weinstein Hall; Garden of the 5 Lions
4 - 6 p.m.

Senior Celebration
University Forum 
9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
A casual, fun event for the entire family to celebrate with friends. With DJ music as a backdrop, under a tent on the University Forum introductions to friends are made, singing, dancing, and simply seeing each other creates an atmosphere of excitement to begin the Class of 2017 graduation weekend events. The dress is casual and comfortable.

Saturday, May 6

Richmond Scholars Graduation Breakfast
Westhampton Center; Living Room
9 - 10:30 a.m.

Science Graduation Reception
Gottwald Center for the Sciences; Gottwald Atrium
1:30 - 3 p.m.

History Senior Reception
Jepson Hall; Stern Plaza
2 - 3 p.m.

Political Science Senior Reception 
Weinstein Hall; Garden of the Five Lions, Brown-Alley Room
2 - 3 p.m.

Jepson School Finale
Booker Hall of Music; Camp Concert Hall
2 - 4 p.m.

Philosophy Department
North Court; Philosophy Study and Library Room
2 - 4 p.m.

English Department Senior Reception
Keller Hall; Reception Room
2:30 - 4 p.m.

Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice: Senior Reception 
Weinstein Hall; Sociology and Anthropology Foyer (3rd Floor)
1:30 - 3 p.m.

Arts and Sciences Graduation Reception
Tyler Haynes Commons; Alice Haynes Room
3 - 5 p.m.

Robins School of Business Senior Wine and Cheese
Queally Hall
4 - 6 p.m.

Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies/Languages, Literatures, and Cultures/International Studies/Geography Senior Reception
Carole Weinstein International Center; Commons
5 - 6 p.m.

Office of Multicultural Affairs Senior Reception
Gottwald Center for the Sciences; Atrium
6 - 8 p.m.

Dean's Reception
Heilman Dining Center
8:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Candlelight Ceremony
University Forum
10 - 10:30 p.m.
The Candlelight Ceremony around Westhampton Lake is a tradition initiated by students to have an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate their four years in a simple, meaningful ceremony. Parents, families and friends observe from Boatwright Lawn, in front of and around the Tyler Haynes Commons while the graduates hold lighted candles surrounding Westhampton Lake. Over the years, this has been identified as one of the most commented upon ceremonies graduates often comment upon.

Sunday, May 7

Baccalaureate Ceremony
The Robins Center,
10 a.m.
Graduates and their families are invited to this inter-religious celebration of the senior class, including student speakers and musicians.

Graduation Buffet
Heilman Dining Center, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Enjoy a delicious brunch with your family and fuel up for the main ceremony. View Menu.

Main Commencement Ceremony
The Robins Center, 2 p.m.
Celebrate the achievements of our senior class and hear an inspiring speech by Sheila Johnson, who will deliver this year's Commencement address. For more information, visit our frequently asked questions page or learn about accessibility for parking, seating, and closed captioning.


Parking is free of charge. Please consider parking near the Robins Center before lunch and walking to the Heilman Dining Center. You will not have to worry about moving your vehicle or being caught in a traffic delay. View the Commencement parking map.