VCU’s Spring Commencement to be held on Saturday, May 13

It’s one of the most exciting times of the year to be on VCU’s campus. We are preparing for our spring Commencement exercises, which will be held on this Saturday, May 13, 2017. Nearly 5,000 professional, graduate and undergraduate degrees will be awarded.

While the university’s main Commencement exercise will be held at the Richmond Coliseum, department-specific exercises will be held throughout the weekend on both the Monroe Park and MCV Campuses.

Several ceremonies will take place throughout the day at the Stuart C. Siegel Center, located across from the VCU Welcome Center. Visitors planning to attend our 10:30 a.m. information session at the Welcome Center, which is located across from the Siegel Center, may experience a higher volume of traffic on West Broad Street. Parking in the West Broad Street Parking Deck is free, but may be limited. On-street parking is free in the city on weekends, unless otherwise noted. Visitors are welcome to park on the streets near and around the VCU Welcome Center.

More information on VCU’s May commencement, including the schedule of departmental ceremonies, can be found at The ceremony will be live-streamed at and at


Protecting your identity

We love seeing the social media posts of our new Rams with their acceptance packages, but want you to be safe when posting and protect your identity. Here are a few things to consider before you post:

  1. Cover up your home address.
  2. Don’t post your VCU Student Identification Number (V-number). Protect your V-number much like you would your Social Security number.
  3. Once you obtain your VCU student ID card (typically received during New Student Orientation), do not post your VCUCard number.

Stay safe and happy posting!

When will I hear back from VCU?

One of the most commonly asked questions that we get from students is “When will I get a decision from VCU?”

The short answer: Students who apply and submit all materials to complete their application package by Jan. 15 will hear a decision from us in writing, via U.S. mail, by April 1. Since applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, it is possible to hear something from us before April.

The longer explanation: VCU receives thousands of applications each year from students seeking entry into the university (we received over 17,000 applications for fall 2016). Once applications are submitted electronically, they must be processed and matched with transcripts, test scores, recommendations, etc. Complete application packages are then ready for review by our counseling staff members.

Each application undergoes several reads by our counseling staff — and yes, we really do read all of your application materials, including essays and letters of recommendations! Decisions are made holistically taking into consideration a number of factors such as the types of classes that a student has taken in high school, their academic performance throughout high school, test scores, leadership/involvement in extracurricular activities, recommendations, essays, etc. After decisions have been made, letters are generated for printing and finally processed for mailing.

Our team spends many hours processing and reviewing applications. This isn’t a process that we take lightly, nor do we want to hastily make decisions that may not be best for applicants or for the university. We encourage applicants to communicate with us throughout the admissions process. Feel free to provide us with updated academic information that you believe will help us to make the best informed decision. Don’t be afraid to contact us with any questions that you have throughout the admissions process — we’re all here to help. We look forward to reading your application!