SPCS Alumni Benefits

As an alum, you enjoy access to exclusive programs, events, services, and opportunities designed to make your after-college life as rich and rewarding as your student years. As an SPCS alum, you’re automatically a member of both the SPCS Alumni Association and the UR Alumni Association, ensuring you retain strong connections to the University of Richmond.

Special Alumni Events

The SPCS Alumni Association and the UR Alumni Association host a variety of special events each year. Events can be found by reviewing event calendars on the SPCS Alumni and UR Alumni pages.

Sample events include:

  • Homecoming Weekend (the SPCS Alumni Association hosts a tailgate party prior to the Homecoming football game)
  • Reunion Weekend (SPCS alumni are invited to attend Reunion each year)
  • SPCS Alumni Socials (recently held at local brewery partners of the SPCS Brewing Education program)
  • Career-specific Networking Events (recent events include paralegal studies, nonprofit studies and HR management industries)
  • Spider Career Expo (held twice a year, sponsored by UR Career Services)
  • Greater Richmond Spiders events (as a UR graduate in the Richmond region, you are a member of this group)
  • Regional Alumni Group events (if you live away from Richmond, you can participate in regional events)

Career Services for Life

SPCS graduates, as UR alumni, have access to comprehensive Career Services for life. Access job listings through SpiderConnect, consult with a professional career advisor and take advantage of online career resources.

Join the UR Career Connections LinkedIn Group, an online professional networking tool that connects the University of Richmond community. And join the SPCS Networking Group on LinkedIn, too, where select job openings and other career events are posted.

Contact Career Services online or at (804) 289-8547.

Updates from the Dean

SPCS alumni receive monthly email updates from the Dean featuring stories about SPCS graduates, faculty, staff, and students, along with School updates and campus news and information. Since most SPCS alumni remain in the greater Richmond region, events and activities offered by SPCS are also highlighted in the update. To be sure you receive these updates, please activate or update your UROnline account and opt in to School messages.

SPCS Tuition Discounts

University of Richmond alumni who have earned an academic certificate, bachelor’s degree, post-bachelor’s certificate, graduate certificate, master’s degree or juris doctorate are eligible for the following alumni discounts:

Spider Spirit Alumni Discount

The Spider Spirit alumni discount offers University of Richmond alumni a 25% savings on tuition over the lifetime of a degree program when a member of the alumni enrolls in a degree or certificate program through the School of Professional & Continuing Studies. This 25% tuition discount is also applicable to individual courses taken for credit as a non-degree seeking student in SPCS. Review the Spider Spirit alumni discount page for details.

Professional Education Courses

25% discount on one course per semester as listed in the Think Again catalog, with the exception of certificate programs, travel programs, conferences, membership fees, and certain classes involving partnerships and application fees. Eligible programs include the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Institute on Philanthropy. Alumni who wish to utilize this discount must be registered by SPCS staff and should contact SPCS at (804) 287-6676 for further instructions.

CompTIA Discount

The University of Richmond is a CompTIA Authorized Academy Partner. Our partnership enables us to offer preferred academic pricing on CompTIA certification exams and CertMaster.

To purchase a discounted exam voucher or CertMaster at the preferred academic pricing, visit the CompTIA Academic Marketplace at academic.compTIAstore.com and use your @richmond.edu email address to create an account (My Account > New Customers).

Alumni who have not yet activated their @richmond.edu email address should visit the Alumni SSO Credential Service at https://wwws.richmond.edu/alumni to set up their email address.

UR Alumni Association Benefits

As a graduate of an SPCS degree program, you automatically join both the SPCS Alumni Association and the UR Alumni Association. In addition to specific benefits listed here, the UR Alumni Association provides perks and programs for all UR alumni. Among benefits are the following:

  • Lifelong learning opportunities
  • Virtual programming
  • Discounted alumni membership at the Weinstein Recreation Center
  • Borrowing privileges at Boatwright Library

Public Campus Events

If you graduated recently enough to receive SpiderBytes, you know there are events held on campus every day during the academic year. Many events are free and open to the public, offering alumni a perfect opportunity to reconnect on campus. The list below merely highlights several recurring events that may be of interest to SPCS alumni.

  • Jepson Leadership Forum: The University of Richmond's Jepson School of Leadership Studies presents a series of programs each year where knowledgeable speakers explore leadership topics around a theme.
  • One Book, One Richmond: Campus-wide effort that encourages students, staff, faculty, and members of the Richmond community to read and discuss a selected book on a social justice issue.
  • Peple Lecture: The Edward C. and Mary S. Peple Lectureship on Libraries and Information Science brings to the University of Richmond visiting scholars to speak about issues relating to the library, publications, and other publishing topics.
  • Robins Speaker Series: Speakers come here to share their captivating stories of the business world -- and everyone is invited.
  • Spider in the Kitchen: Spider in the Kitchen is a community exchange of recipes, entertaining, and cooking ideas shared amongst campus foodies.
  • Theatre & Dance Free Events: The UR Free Theatre and Dance initiative seeks to remove economic barriers and make theatre and dance accessible to everyone.
  • Tucker-Boatwright Festival of Literature and the Arts: Presented each year by a different humanities department within the School of Arts and Sciences.