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Commencement 2024

May 15th • 6 pm • Richard Bland College Campus • New Academic Innovation Center

RBC Commencement Speaker 2024

The Richard Bland College of William & Mary 2024 Commencement is on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. The ceremony will be the first held on our beautiful campus since 2018. This year’s speaker will be Petersburg mayor Samuel Parham. Please reference this webpage for all of your commencement questions and concerns.

Commencement Program

RBC’s commencement will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, on the historic Campus. The ceremony marks the occasion at which all college and honorary degrees are formally conferred.

The president of the Richard Bland College of William & Mary presides over the official ceremonies. Not only is each candidate recognized by name during the ceremony, graduates also are personally congratulated for their accomplishment by the President and Chief Academic Officer of the school.


2024 RBC Commencement Program Download Here


Friends and family members can tune in to all Commencement ceremonies via the RBC livestream, which will begin just prior to the ceremony start time at 6pm. Click here to livestream

Congratulations on your graduation from Richard Bland College of William & Mary. Below are answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I order my commencement photo?

    • RBC Creative Services is the official photographer of the 2024 Ceremony. Photos can be downloaded for free at the link below within 30 days of the ceremony.

      2023 Commencement Photos

  • When do I arrive at RBC?

    • Graduating students must be on site and checked in with staff by 4:00 pm.

      Richard Bland College of William & Mary – Outside New Academic Innovation Center
      11301 Johnson Rd, VA 23805

  • Where do I go once I arrive at RBC?

    • RBC staff will direct graduates to the pre-commencement holding area.

  • Where is the pre-commencement holding area?

    • This area is in the Parsons Café located across from Statesman Hall.

  • Where do I park at RBC?

    • Parking will be available on campus for free, right off of Johnson’s Road. Staff will direct you to the closest space. Handicapped parking will also be available in designated areas next to the building.

      Richard Bland College of William & Mary
      11301 Johnson Rd, VA 23805


  • Where do my family and friends park?

    • Please see above. There are no special parking areas for family and guests.

  • Where will I connect with my family after the ceremony?

    • In and around the outdoor Academic Innovation Center area to connect with family. At the end of the ceremony, the faculty and student recessional march flows away from the building to that area.


  • How many tickets do I get?

    • No ticket is required for entrance. There are plenty of seats available  for family and friends. 

  • How do I receive my diploma?

    • After crossing the stage, you will receive a diploma cover. Your actual diploma will be mailed to your permanent home address in 60 to 90 days.

  • Is there a viewing area for handicapped or the elderly?

    • Limited space/seating is available on the floor for handicapped or elderly family and friends needing floor space.

  • Do I need to wear my mask during the ceremony?

    • At the time of the ceremony, students, families, and guests will be expected to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID mitigation policies that are in place. 

  • Can I bring Flowers and balloons

    • Balloons are not allowed.

  • How do I order my cap and gown and what is the deadline?

    • Graduates
      Regalia sets (cap, gown, hood, tassel) will also be for sale in The Grove prior to Commencement. Payment for all orders is due at time of pick up. Graduates will be notified via RBC email when orders arrive. Total price for Associate Degree regalia set (cap, gown, hood, tassel) is $40.
      Rentals are unavailable for graduates. Note: Payment due by March 29th. Caps & Gowns are available for pickup in the Grove Market Campus Store  – date coming soon. 

      Faculty will have the option to rent regalia. Information to follow in RBC email.

      The Grove Market
      Jessica Mahoney
      Retail Manager
      The Grove Market
      804-862-6100, ext. 6500

Join the RBC Nation

Please fill out your graduation form in the below box.

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Commencement Photos

RBC Creative Services is the official photographer of the 2024 Ceremony. Photos can be downloaded for free with the link below.

2024 Commencement Photos will be available soon.

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