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Commencement Information

Congratulations on your achievement! All candidates for graduation are encouraged to attend Commencement on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at VSU’s Multi-Purpose Center. Commencement begins at 10:00 a.m. Doors will open for guests at 9:00 a.m. 

Graduation Requirements

To qualify for May graduation, students need a 2.00 GPA, earn at least 60 credits, and ensure that all major requirements have been satisfied. Summer candidates must complete all requirements by August 2020 to qualify as a summer graduate and may not exceed more than 12 credits during the summer.

Commencement exercises occur only once per year in May. The ceremony is comprised of the previous fall and current spring graduates and upcoming summer candidates.

Graduation applications are due by:

February 2: spring candidates

November 1: fall candidates

2020 Graduation Application (doc)


  • Commencement Video

    • Watch a replay of the 2019 Commencement Ceremony here.

  • Purchase Commencement Photos

    • You can browse through Commencement images and purchase photos of your special day here.

  • Summary of Pre-Commencement Events

    • MANDATORY Graduation Fair for the 2019 Graduating Class                                                         

      Tuesday, April 16, 2019 (2:00 – 3:00p.m.) SSHE – Auditorium, 1st floor. Light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions/conflicts, please contact Ms. Obermuller at 804-862-6238 or gobermuller@rbc.edu.

      Academic Dress/Cap/Gown/Hood Pickup  

      There is a $61.00 (plus tax) fee for the cap, gown, hood, and tassel. Please arrange with the Bookstore located in RBC’s Student Commons to pay for and pick up your regalia starting on Monday, April 15, 2019 between the hours of 9a.m. and 4p.m. (M-F). The last day to pick up your regalia will be May 10th as the bookstore will not be open on Commencement Day. If you have any questions regarding cap & gown, please contact the Bookstore at 804-863-4490. Graduates may keep caps and gowns.


      Each participating graduate will receive 15 tickets for commencement. The tickets may be picked up from the bookstore on the same day you pick up your cap/gown/hood (see above). Please secure your tickets, as we will NOT be issuing any additional or replacement tickets.

      Phi Theta Kappa MembersStudents will be given their Phi Theta Kappa stoles and tassels from Prof. Brockway at the PTK Induction Ceremony on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 1:00pm. If you are not in attendance, please see Prof. Brockway during her office hours in McNeer 121 before April 30. Students must return the stoles no later than Monday, May 13, 2019, directly to Prof. Brockway or the Library circulation desk. Students not returning the stoles by Monday, May 13th will have a hold placed on their record, which will prohibit processing of transcripts and issuing of degrees. You only have to return the PTK stoles; the tassels are yours to keep! If you have any questions regarding PTK, please contact Prof. Brockway at cbrockway@rbc.edu.

      Honors Students – Students active in the Honors Program will receive their cords from Prof. Brockway at the April 17 sophomore Honors meeting.


  • Commencement Day – Saturday, May 11, 2019

    • Commencement  

      Lineup for Commencement begins promptly at 2:30p.m. in the “practice gym” at VSU’s Multi-Purpose Center. Please make every attempt to be prompt as students arriving after 3:00p.m. may not be allowed to participate.

      Diplomas/Degrees      Fall 2018 and spring 2019 graduates may pick up their degrees at the Records & Registration Office in the Student Success Center beginning at 9:00a.m. on Monday, May 20, 2019. August or summer graduates will have their diplomas mailed to them after all RBC summer classes are over in August.

      This information is also posted on the RBC website and will be updated as needed:


      Please clear any graduation conflicts through the Records & Registration Office no later than Monday, May 6, 2019 by calling 804-862-6238.


  • Financial Aid Director Message

    • Mandatory Exit Counseling

      The U.S. Department of Education requires that all recipients of Federal Stafford Loans (subsidized and unsubsidized loans) complete a mandatory Exit Counseling Session.  To complete Exit Counseling, students must follow the steps below.

      Step 1:  Log on to https://www.studentloans.gov

      Step 2:  Select “Log In” (Use your FSA ID Username and FSA ID Password).  If you do not know your Username or Password, select forgot Username or Password.

      Step 3: Select “Complete Counseling”

      Step 4: Select “Start Exit Counseling”

      Step 5: Proceed until the Process is complete


      Attend the in-person session on the following date:

      Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

      It is important that you are aware and understand the various repayment options available to you in managing your student loans

  • Events Coordinator Message

    • Graduates:

      As Commencement day gets closer, there are a few rules and guidelines we need you and your guests to understand:

      • There will be no signs or balloons allowed inside of VSU’s Multi-Purpose Center during the ceremony. These items can be retrieved for the graduates after the ceremony.
      • Tickets – each graduate will be given 15 commencement tickets. No additional tickets can be requested and lost tickets will not be replaced.
      • Parking – graduate and guest parking will begin in Lot 41 and once that is filled, will move to Lot 39.  For directions to the Multi-Purpose Center and parking lots, please visit: http://vsumpc.com/parking.  Handicap parking is available.
      • The bookstore will have cap and gowns available for purchase through the close of business on Friday, May 10, 2019. You must pick them up before this date.  They will not be open on May 11, so arrange to pick them up before the deadline.
  • Name Pronunciation

    • Ensure that your name is pronounced correctly on Commencement Day!

      • Beginning Tuesday, April 23, any degree candidate who has concerns about the pronunciation of their name at graduation may call in and record the correct pronunciation.
      • The number to call is (804) 862-6115. This phone number will remain open until Sunday, May 5 at midnight.
        All callers should leave the following information:

        • Slowly state your full name twice as it should be called by the reader during the ceremony
        • Give your R-Number
        • Leave a contact telephone number including the area code where you can be reached for further questions
  • 2019 Graduation Class Picture

    • The 2019 RBC Graduation Class Picture will be taken at 2:30 pm.

      If you want to receive a FREE digital copy, please click this link and the College will send you it!

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