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Spring 2019 commencement update

Monday, Nov. 5, 2018

Dear VCU and VCU Health Communities, 

Following last week’s announcement that VCU would not hold a universitywide commencement ceremony in May 2019, many of you expressed your desires to proceed with a ceremony while the city re-develops the area that includes The Richmond Coliseum, a project that represents tremendous long-term opportunity for our region.

Fortunately, some venues across the region that were previously unavailable may now be options for us. Because of your desire, combined with new venue availability, I am pleased to announce that VCU will proceed with a spring universitywide commencement ceremony on May 11, 2019. 

We are still working hard to finalize details of this ceremony, including the location, logistics, and how your commencement experience may look and feel in each space. We will communicate those details as soon as they can be confirmed. What I can confirm now is that there will be a spring ceremony in which all members of our community may come together to celebrate VCU’s Class of 2019.

A sincere thank you for your enthusiasm for this universitywide event. And thank you for your patience as we finalize details. In the meantime, I look forward to celebrating with you on May 11, 2019. 


Michael Rao
VCU and VCU Health System