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School of Professional and Continuing Studies 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 end by 10:30 a.m. for the School of Professional and Continuing Studies ceremony.

Saturday, May 6
SPCS Commencement Ceremony; Robins Center

SPCS Reception; Robins Center Ambulatory Patio
10:30am - 11:30 am
Commencement Speakers
2016 Speakers

As part of a long-standing tradition, a graduating student, a faculty member and an alumnus will speak at the SPCS graduation ceremony. 

Distinguished Graduate

The SPCS student commencement speaker is selected by committee from among the top graduating students. Ben Baldwin is this year’s student speaker and is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies degree with a major in IT Management. Baldwin works as an associate auditor of information security systems at the Auditor pop Public Accounts for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Intuit role, he works with various teams to assist in the state’s financial audit process by evaluating and testing controls in information technology systems.

Distinguished Alumnus

The alumni speaker is the recipient of the Gibb Family Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes the accomplishments of an SPCS alumni member as well as their support of SPCS. This year’s alumni speaker is Lin Koch, C’03. Koch is s semi-retired administrative professional with a long history of service and dedication to the University community. She earned a Bachelor of Applied Studies in human resource management in 2003 and has been a valuable and engaged member of the University staff. Koch began her University carer in 1984 at the Women’s Resource Center and has also worked in the offices of Career Services and Human Resources, where she continues to serve as an part-time administrative floater.

Distinguished Faculty Member

The faculty speaker is the recipient of the Itzkowitz Family Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Award, which is selected by the SPCS student body and recognizes the teaching achievements of an adjunct faculty member. This year’s faculty speaker is Connie Hill, an adjunct instructor teaching courses in finite math and critical thinking and analysis. Hill hold a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a Master of Teaching in secondary education fro Virginia Commonwealth University. A veteran teacher, Hill is chair of the mathematics department at the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, where she has served on the faculty since 1999.

Check-in Instructions
Saturday, May 6



Convenient access to the commencement exercises is provided for those who are able to walk only short distances, have difficulty climbing steps, use a wheelchair, or are in need of special assistance.

Parking for disabled guests is located in the Millhiser Parking lot on the ambulatory level (track side) of the Robins Center. Police will be on hand to assist guests and make the appropriate arrangements.


Seating on the upper (ambulatory) level of the Robins Center is available for people with disabilities. One family member may sit with them in this reserved area. Other family members may sit directly behind them in non-handicapped seating. 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:

RVA Medical Supply - (804) 543-7788


Closed captioning will be provided onscreen during Main, School of Law, and SPCS ceremonies.

School of Professional and Continuing Studies Commencement 2016