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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 Law Ceremony. This list will be updated as events are confirmed.

Saturday, May 12
SPCS Commencement Ceremony; Robins Center

SPCS Reception; Robins Center Ambulatory Patio

Commencement Speakers
2017 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. Lisa Cheney is this year’s student speaker and is graduating with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts. Cheney has had a distinguished career as a nonprofit professional with more than 20 years of fundraising experience. She currently works as the director of donor relations at Sheltering Arms Foundation. Cheney is also an active member of the SPCS Student Government Association, having served as a board member and president.

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 Cathy Eagles, C'00Eagles is a veteran paralegal who retired in March from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She earned a Bachelor of Applied Studies in paralegal studies in 2000. She joined the SPCS Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2010, serving a term as its president. She is an active member of the National Association of Legal Assistants/Paralegals (NALA) and serves on the Patient and Family Advisory Council for the Neuroscience Team at Johnston-Willis Hospital.

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 Daniel L. Hocutt, R'92, G'98, an adjunct professor teaching courses in English composition and researchHocutt holds bachelor’s and master's degrees in English from Richmond and is currently working toward a doctorate in English at Old Dominion University with a focus on the rhetoric of algorithms. A member of the SPCS staff, Hocutt serves as the School's web writer and manager. He has taught in the School since 2000.

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. 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.