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School of Professional and Continuing Studies Ceremony

The School of Professional and Continuing Studies Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 12 at 9am to include candidates receiving degrees from the School of Professional and Continuing Studies.

The School of Professional and Continuing Studies Ceremony will take place in the Robins Center Arena.

Tickets are not required for this event. 

The School of Professional and Continuing Studies Ceremony is anticipated to last approximately two hours with a reception to immediately follow.

Below you will find information regarding receptions and other events related to the SPCS Ceremony. This list will be updated as events are confirmed.

Saturday, May 12

SPCS Commencement Ceremony
Robins Center
9 a.m.

SPCS Reception
Robins Center Ambulatory Patio
Immediately following ceremony

Commencement Speakers
2018 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 a committee from among the top graduating students. the 2018 recipient is Kendyl Crawley Crawford, a Master of Nonprofit Studies student. Crawford is the Director of Virginia Interfaith Power & Light, an organization that works with faith communities and people of all faiths to ensure healthy communities and environmental justice through education and advocacy.

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. The 2018 recipient is Robert Reed, C'13. Reed is a 33-year veteran of the hospitality industry and currently serves as vice president at SMI Hotel Group, overseeing sales and operations of the company's six hotels which are located in Virginia and Texas.

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. The 2018 recipient is Wendell Roberts. Roberts is an associate adjunct professor of Education and an avid lifelong learner, having earned his master's degree and law degree as a nontraditional student. Roberts has served in numerous educational law positions throughout his career and currently serves as the School Board Attorney for Chesterfield Public Schools.

Check-in Instructions
Saturday, May 12

Location for student check-in is the Weinstein Gym, located in the Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness, (Bldg. #23d on the campus map)

Check-in time is 7:00 a.m. for students who need to pick up a cap and gown before the ceremony.

Check in time is 7:30 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. for students who have their caps and gowns in hand.

We encourage bags, purses, back packs etc to be given to a family member prior to check-in, so personal items do not have to be carried into the graduation ceremony by the graduates. The University is not responsible for items left behind in the Gym. 


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.


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