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Event Preparation

Because local hotels can book a year in advance, we recommend you begin planning for commencement as early as possible. Please consult this year's schedule of events for SPCS, Law and Main Commencement.

Caps and gowns are ordered via the campus bookstore. Your graduation fee covers the cost of your basic graduation regalia. Please see the link above for more information.

Commencement announcements are available through Balfour.

If requested, University Communications will provide a commencement news release to a student's hometown newspaper.

Name Pronunciation

Ensure that your name is pronounced correctly on Commencement Day!

Any degree candidate who has names that are easily mispronounced must call in and record his or her instructions/tips for pronouncing the name(s) correctly when read aloud at the graduation ceremony.  The number to call is (804) 287-6505. ALL callers should leave the following information:

-State your full name, as it should be called by the reader during the ceremony.

-Spell your name and say your name slowly two times.

-State the degree you are expecting to receive, such as Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and so on.

-Give any additional special tips for pronouncing your name.

-Leave a contact telephone number including the area code where you can be reached for further questions.