What to Expect on Commencement Day
The doors to the VCU Stuart C. Siegel Center will open at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Please plan to arrive no later than 9 a.m. to line up for the procession. All guests will be directed into the arena to be seated. You will be directed to Room R144 with the other students. Family and friends will not be permitted to join you in Room R144.
A table will be set up in the Activity Center (Room R144) on the Lower Level of the Siegel Center for you to obtain a card that shows your name and your marching number for the procession. Everyone will line up in numerical order (using the marching number on your card). This is also the card you will present on stage in order for your name to be announced.
Faculty Marshals will organize the graduates within your curriculum for the commencement march and will lead you from Room R144 into the Siegel Center Arena for the ceremony which begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. At the end of the ceremony, the Marshals and graduates will march out of the Arena and return to the lower level. Spring 2020 graduates will proceed to Room R144 on the lower level to receive their diplomas. Summer and fall 2019 graduates who have already received their awards will be permitted to leave at this point. Prior to the ceremony be sure to arrange a meeting place with your family and friends.
What to Bring and What Not Bring
Remember to bring your graduation attire. Ladies, please bring hair pins for your cap. You will need to navigate STEEP stairs. Please consider this when choosing your footwear for the day as the procession moves quickly. Leave all personal belongings (including cell phones and purses) with your guests, as you will not be allowed to carry anything into the Arena. A commencement program will be provided on your seat in the Arena. We regret Reynolds cannot take responsibility for any lost or stolen items.
VCU has informed us that you and your guests will not be allowed to bring weapons, balloons, wrapped packages, or gifts into the Siegel Center. To view the complete list of prohibited items, please use the link below. VCU’s Police will be on duty at the entrances to help ensure everyone’s safety.
Parking and Directions
The VCU Stuart C. Siegel center is located at 1200 West Broad Street. Parking is available in VCU’s parking decks located across the street on the corner of Harrison and Broad Streets and the corner of Bowe and Marshall Streets. The charge for parking is $10 (cash only). Please come prepared with the exact change ready to pass to the parking attendant. You and your guests should allow plenty of time for parking.