Students who have completed all academic requirements within the program’s specified time period are eligible for graduation at the close of their final semester.

An application for graduation must be submitted to your adviser or dean and approved by the adviser, graduate program director or school dean. After receiving the recommendation of the graduate faculty, your degree will be submitted to the VCU Board of Visitors to be conferred.

To learn more about the graduation process and commencement details, refer to the Graduate Bulletin and VCU Commencement. Individual department credit requirements and graduation procedures can be found in the degree program descriptions.

Spring 2023 Commencement

VCU will host an in-person commencement celebration to honor the class of 2023 on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. 

For Ph.D. and Ed.D. only: If you plan to attend, please fill out the commencement ceremony form to ensure your name is read at the doctoral hooding portion of the ceremony. Responses are due by Wednesday, May 3, 2023. Please note that this RSVP form is used to line up doctoral students.

For up-to-date information, please visit VCU Commencement.