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2017 55th SPCS Commencement Exercises

For more information about Commencement weekend activities at the University, visit the University Commencement website.

Regalia Pickup — April 21-22, 2017

The SPCS Alumni Association sponsors the annual Regalia Pickup event during April leading up to Commencement. RSVP is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome to Regalia Pickup events.

SPCS Night — Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Graduation candidates, faculty, staff and guests were invited to attend the School of Professional and Continuing Studies Night, a program and reception honoring the School’s faculty and graduates. This invitation goes out each year to graduating students, and the event recognizes the achievements of those who are graduating.

SPCS Commencement — Saturday, May 6, 2017

School of Professional and Continuing Studies Commencement Exercises are held at 9:00 a.m. in the Robins Center on the University of Richmond campus. A reception follows on the Robins Center veranda. Photos from these event are available below.

Day of Commencement

Graduation candidates should arrive by 7:30 a.m. at the Weinstein Center for Recreation & Wellness to check in, don commencement regalia and line up for the ceremonial procession into the Robins Center arena.

If you do not collect your cap and gown during our Regalia Pickup event or from the UR Bookstore by close of business (6 p.m.) on Thursday, May 5, please arrive by 7:00 a.m. to collect your cap and gown for the cereremony.

Regalia

University policy requires that graduating students wear the academic regalia appropriate for the degree or certificate being received at the Commencement ceremony. Academic regalia from other institutions of higher education and/or other degrees previously awarded will not be permitted to be worn in the ceremony. Visit the Commencement regalia page for more information.

Golden Key members may order their own honor cord to wear at graduation. Visit the Golden Key website to order.

Senior Book 2017

During the regalia pickup event, you’ll have an opportunity to have a photo taken and complete information online for your class senior book. Graduating students will receive Senior Books as digital assets on a keepsake thumb drive.

Class of 2017 Gift

The graduating class has the opportunity to contribute to SPCS scholarship funds through the annual class gift. Your gift of $20.17 (or more) in honor of completing this chapter in your life broadens the scope of support SPCS can provide students who need a little extra financial help. You can even contribute during the Regalia Pickup event.

Previous Commencement Ceremonies

Commencement: May 7, 2016

Mortar board 2016

The School of Professional and Continuing Studies 2016 Commencement ceremony celebrated the graduation of students earning 11 undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates.

Commencement Participants

Visit the SPCS Night page for a list of students who earned the honor of participating in Commencement as University Mace bearer, U.S. flag bearer, University flag bearer, SPCS banner bearer, and introducer of the Commencement speaker. The page also lists student and faculty awards that were included in the Commencement program.

Commencement Addresses

Commencement: May 9, 2015

Mortar board 2015

The School of Professional and Continuing Studies 2015 Commencement ceremony celebrated the graduation of students earning 11 undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates.

Commencement Participants

Visit the SPCS Night page for a list of students who earned the honor of participating in Commencement as University Mace bearer, U.S. flag bearer, University flag bearer, SPCS banner bearer, and introducer of the Commencement speaker. The page also lists student and faculty awards that were included in the Commencement program.

Commencement Addresses

Commencement: May 10, 2014

Mortar board 2014

The School of Professional and Continuing Studies 2014 Commencement ceremony celebrated the graduation of students earning 13 undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates.

Commencement Participants

Visit the SPCS Night page for a list of students who earned the honor of participating in Commencement as University Mace bearer, U.S. flag bearer, University flag bearer, SPCS banner bearer, and introducer of the Commencement speaker. The page also lists student and faculty awards that were included in the Commencement program.

Commencement Addresses

  • Ryan J. O’Rourke, C’14, was selected as the 2014 student Commencement speaker.
  • Carrie A. Ludovico received the 2014 Itzkowitz Family Distinguished Faculty Award.
  • Catherine S. McGehee, GC’11, received the 2014 Gibb Family Distinguished Alumni Award.
Commencement: May 11, 2013

Mortar board 2013

The School of Professional and Continuing Studies 2013 Commencement ceremony culminated the School’s Fiftieth Anniversary celebration with a special address by Richmond president Dr. Edward L. Ayers.

Commencement Participants

Visit the SPCS Night page for a list of students who earned the honor of participating in Commencement as University Mace bearer, U.S. flag bearer, University flag bearer, SPCS banner bearer, and introducer of the Commencement speaker. The page also lists student and faculty awards that were included in the Commencement program.

Commencement Addresses

  • Mark H. Troemel, GC’13, was selected as the 2013 student Commencement speaker.
  • Gerald L. Quirk, GB’74, received the 2013 Itzkowitz Family Distinguished Faculty Award.
  • Thomas W. Winfree, C’77, received the 2013 Gibb Family Distinguished Alumni Award.

In addition to these speakers, Dr. Edward L. Ayers, University president, was invited to offer the School’s 50th anniversary commemorative address.

Commencement: May 5, 2012

Mortar board 2012

The School of Continuing Studies 2012 Commencement ceremony invoked University and School traditions in conferring degrees on graduates.

Commencement Participants

Visit the SCS Night page for a list of students who earned the honor of participating in Commencement as University Mace bearer, U.S. flag bearer, University flag bearer, SCS banner bearer, and introducer of the Commencement speaker. The page also lists student and faculty awards that were included in the Commencement program.

Commencement Addresses

  • Martha Pittaway, C‘11, was selected as the 2012 student Commencement speaker.
  • Timothy M. Duffee, GB‘02, received the 2012 Itzkowitz Family Distinguished Faculty Award.
  • Patricia Gallagher, C‘97, received the 2012 Gibb Family Distinguished Alumni Award.

Commencement Media Coverage

Commencement: May 7, 2011

Mortar board 2011

The School of Continuing Studies 2011 Commencement ceremony invoked University and School traditions in conferring degrees on graduates.

Commencement Participants

Visit the SCS Night page for a list of students who earned the honor of participating in Commencement as University Mace bearer, U.S. flag bearer, University flag bearer, SCS banner bearer, and introducer of the Commencement speaker. The page also lists student and faculty awards that were included in the Commencement program.

Commencement Addresses
  • Jerry Clemmer, C‘11, was selected as the 2011 student Commencement speaker. Download his address.
  • Cathy Heryewer, C‘00, G‘03, received the 2011 Itzkowitz Family Distinguished Faculty Award. Download her address.
  • Scott Strickler, U‘87, received the 2011 Gibb Family Distinguished Alumni Award. Download his address.

Commencement Media Coverage

Commencement: May 8, 2010

Mortar board 2010

The School of Continuing Studies 2010 Commencement ceremony invoked University and School traditions in conferring degrees on graduates. This year’s graduating class of 275 was the largest in School history, reaching back to the School’s establishment in 1972.

Commencement Participants

Visit the SCS Night page for a list of students who earned the honor of participating in Commencement as University Mace bearer, U.S. flag bearer, University flag bearer, SCS banner bearer, and introducer of the Commencement speaker. The page also lists student and faculty awards that were included in the Commencement program.

Commencement Addresses
  • Thomas C. Barth, ’10, was selected as the 2010 student Commencement speaker. Download his address.
  • John A. Zinn III received the 2010 Itzkowitz Family Distinguished Faculty Award. Download his speech.
Commencement Media Coverage

Additional Photos

More pictures from Commencement and many more SPCS activities and events are available on our Flickr site.

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