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 the VCU Commencement website. Individual department credit requirements and graduation procedures can be found in the degree program descriptions.

Fall 2020 Commencement

VCU will host a virtual commencement celebration to honor August and December graduates on Saturday, December 12, 2020. The celebration will include a ceremony broadcast with an interactive online experience for graduates and their families and a copy of the commencement program.

May 2020 graduates originally invited to participate in December ceremonies will be invited to join their classmates at a university commencement ceremony in the future.

All 2020 graduates will be contacted with more information. Any changes to college and school ceremonies will be communicated by the college or school.

For up to date information, please visit the VCU Commencement website at