School of Business Commencement December 2019


When: Fri., Dec. 13 @ 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Host: Department of Accounting, Department of Economics, Department of Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate, Department of Information Systems, Department of Management, Department of Marketing, Department of Supply Chain Management and Analytics
Event contact: Undergraduate Studies Office: (804) 828-3710, Graduate Studies Office: (804) 828-4622
Audience: Graduate students, Undergraduate students
Building: Altria Theater
Address: 6 N Laurel St, Richmond, VA 23220

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business faculty, staff and alumni
cordially invite you to attend our School of Business Commencement

Graduating students should arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. The ceremony will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. No entry is permitted during the processional. The ceremony should conclude around 9:00 p.m.


Please arrive early to allow ample time for parking, which is free for graduates and guests at the VCU West Main St. deck at 801 West Main. 

Graduating students should arrive wearing their cap, gown, and hood for check-in. Follow signage and report to the Ballroom. The entrance to the Ballroom is on Main St., around the corner from the main entrance. Guests should use the main entrance.

Upon check-in, students will be given a name card. Students will line up based on the number on this card to ensure they come on stage as noted in the program and friends and family will know when their student’s turn is coming. You will need to hold onto this card until you cross the stage. Plan to remain present for the entire ceremony.

Be advised that the processional and recessional involve navigating several sets of stairs. Please wear shoes that you can comfortably walk in. See below for information on wheelchair accessiblity.

Guest Tickets: Tickets are required for entry for all guests. Graduating students do not need a ticket for themselves. All graduating students who have submitted a graduation application through eServices or completed a Request to Walk form with the help of their academic advisor will be sent a Ticket Request Form via their VCU email by early October. All tickets expire at 6:45 p.m. Any unclaimed seats will be opened up to guests without tickets at this time.

Personal Items: We recommended that graduating students leave personal items including purses, coats, umbrellas, cameras, etc. at home, in their vehicle, or with family. Personal items may be left in the ballroom during the ceremony, and graduates will have access to the room again after the ceremony in order to retrieve them; however, there will be no guard watching personal items during the ceremony. We will not be responsible for lost or stolen items.

Food and Gifts: No outside food or drink is permitted. Please note that Altria staff will not allow balloons or glass into the building, including gifts such as picture frames. 

Photographer: A professional photographer will photograph each graduate during the ceremony. Ordering info will be in the event program.

University Ceremony: Students who have submitted a graduation application through eServices will be invited to both the School of Business departmental ceremony and the University-wide VCU Commencement ceremony. Students may choose to attend one, both, or neither ceremony. Students will stand as a group to be recognized as business graduates at the University-wide ceremony and students will be individually called by name and walk across the stage at the School of Business departmental ceremony. For more information visit VCU Commencement or call 804.828.1917.

Special Needs: Requests for special accommodations for graduating students should be made to the Office of Undergraduate Studies at (804) 828-3710 by Friday, November 8th. The theater is wheelchair accessible. For accessibility info visit

Latin or Laudatory Honors: Latin honors (undergraduates only) is the one time VCU will look at both your VCU GPA and any/all transfer GPA's from colleges you attended. PLEASE NOTE: for students who meet the requirements for Latin Honors designation, the GPA used for purposes of determining recognition at our graduation ceremony is calculated from the previous semester due to printing deadlines. Actual Latin Honors designations are determined by the Office of Records and Registration and will appear on a student’s official transcript once her/his degree is conferred several weeks after the ceremony. The Latin Honors designation in the ceremony program indicates that, based on the final grades from the previous semester, the student is a candidate for Latin Honors. The criteria that is considered for Latin Honors candidacy in the School of Business ceremony program comes from the most recent semester that final grades have been submitted for and does not reflect courses in which students are currently enrolled, both in terms of GPA and credit hours toward the 45 credit minimum for recognition. Please see the VCU Bulletin for details on Laudatory Honors qualifications. If you have a question about whether or not you will be recognized at the ceremony based on the information above, please contact the Undergraduate Studies office at 804.828.3710.

Diplomas: The release of diplomas is handled by the Office of Records and Registration, not the School of Business. For details on timing, please see 

Other Questions? Office of Undergraduate Studies, Snead Hall B1100 or at (804) 828-3710. Office of Graduate Studies, Snead Hall B3102 or (804) 828-4622.

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