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Commencement FAQ

Who are the 2018 Commencement speakers?

The Main Commencement ceremony will include remarks from the President of the University of Richmond as well as a commencement address from Terry McAuliffe. Additionally, remarks will be given by a student commencement speaker.

Terry McAuliffe served as the 72nd Governor of Virginia from 2014-2018. As governor, McAuliffe focused on equality for all Virginians, enhancing the quality of life, fostering economic development and a new diversified economy. During his tenure, he brought the unemployment rate from 5.4 percent ot 3.6 percent.

President Barack Obama appointed McAuliffe to the National Governors Association's Council of Governors to provide advice on national security matters. McAuliffe is now State Engagement Chair of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.

He was chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2001-2005, co-chaired President Bill Clinton's 1996 campaign for reelection and 1997 Inauguration, and was chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 Presidential campaign and the 2000 Democratic Convention.

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 12:30pm. 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 Commencement-specific parking map can be viewed here.

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 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?
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. Water coolers will be available around the Robins Center.

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. 

When and where do I meet for Main Commencement?

Graduates will be expected to check in for Main Commencement on Sunday, May 13 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.

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.

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.