SPCS Ceremony

Class of 2020

Saturday, May 8, 2021
Robins Center
8 a.m.
Doors open at 7:30 a.m.

Class of 2021

Saturday, May 8, 2021
Robins Center
11:30 a.m.
Doors open at 11 a.m.

Adherence to the Governor's Commencement guidance will require regimented management of the ticketing process. Each graduate will be allotted 2 guest tickets for distribution. To account for state mandated physical distancing requirements, seating will be assigned in 3-person groups of graduates and 2 guests.

Graduates are required in advance to identify names and email addresses for each guest. Seating will be assigned and tickets will be distributed virtually through email and provided to each graduate in advance.

Ceremony will be live streamed and recorded.

Commencement Speakers

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

Distinguished Graduate

The SPCS student commencement speaker is selected by committee from among the top graduating students.

  • Brian Krach is the 2020 student speaker. After spending eleven years as the sole proprietor of an independent insurance practice, Krach decided to return to higher education to personally challenge himself and experience "professional metamorphosis." Brian earned his bachelor's degree in paralegal studies in May 2020 and has since started law school at the University of Richmond
  • Cooper Sved is the 2021 student speaker. Sved is earning his Master of Teaching degree, including endorsements in elementary education and theatre education, to prepare for a career change to teaching. Sved earned his Bachelor of Arts in theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2019 and was active in Richmond's theatre community both as an actor and an educator before returning to school to fulfill the requirements to earn his teaching license.

Distinguished Alumnus

The alumni speaker is the recipient of the Gibb Family Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes the accomplishments of an SPCS alumni member and their support of SPCS.

  • Eric Beatty is the 2020 recipient. He earned his master's degree in Human Resource Management in 2012. Beatty served on the SPCS Alumni Association Board from 2012-19, was the Board's president from 2017-19, and currently serves on the Dean's Ambassador's Circle.
  • Margaret Dalton is the 2021 recipient. She earned her Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in 2012. She's been a member of the SPCS Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2014, having served as vice president, president, and past president. Margaret has been instrumental in the Board's efforts to reshape its mission to focus on student and alumni engagement as well as expanded efforts to formalize project planning and communication efforts.

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.

  • Meghan Rosatelli is the 2020 recipient. She is an adjunct professor in English and the humanities in SPCS, where she teaches courses in American literature and culture.
  • Drew Baker is the 2021 recipient. He is an adjunct professor of education. A graduate of the Teacher Licensure Program, Baker currently serves Henrico County Schools in the Office of Professional Development, focusing his work on teacher-leadership development, action research, and supporting continuing education for teachers.