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Alumni — whether you call yourself a graduate of a degree or academic certificate program from the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, the School of Continuing Studies, or University College — you are the pride and joy of the School.

We brag on you and your accomplishments whenever we have the opportunity to do so, and we expect excellence, achievement and engagement as you take your degree into your personal and professional worlds.

SPCS Alumni Association

We welcome you to continue your engagment with your alma mater and encourage your active participation in the SPCS Alumni Association! The Alumni Association’s mission is to encourage alumni participation that benefits students and the University of Richmond by promoting scholarship and providing opportunities for service and fellowship. The Association is led by members of the Board of Directors, who support the School’s alumni and represent the University throughout the Richmond community.

If you’d like to get involved on the Board of Directors, read the position description and submit a nomination. Self nominations are welcome.

UR Alumni Association

As a graduate of the University of Richmond, you are also a member of the UR Alumni Association. SPCS degree-program graduates are eligible for all UR Alumni Association benefits and activities, and are eligible to join the Greater Richmond Spiders regional alumni group.

What It Means To Be A Spider

As graduates of the University of Richmond, you are unique. No one else in the collegiate world can call themselves “Spiders.” There’s only one Spider, and you’re a part of that heritage and history.

Richmond Spiders are engaged in making the world a better place. We believe you’ll achieve that goal best when you’re engaged in university-wide ongoing efforts both in the greater Richmond region and around the world.

There are five components of engagement SPCS would like you to consider as a graduate of the University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies. This is what it means to be a Spider: get in touch, enjoy your Spider benefits, get engaged, get involved and give back to alma mater.

Get in Touch
1. Forward Your Richmond Email to an Active Account

At Richmond, alumni are eligible to use their email address for life. However, alumni must activate this benefit.

  1. Visit the Alumni SSO (Single Sign-On) Credential Service page: 
  2. Enter your SSO credentials (username and password).
    1. Your username could be your your UR NetID, UR ID or any valid email address on file with UR.
    2. Your password is the same password that you used as a student to access network resources.
  3. If you don’t have SSO credentials, try the SSO Credential Self-Service portal (link on the SSO Credential Service page)
  4. Once logged in, follow the prompts to activate your email for life.

Once you’ve activated your Richmond email for life, be sure to forward messages to an active email account. You’ll be able to do so during the activation process. And if you change your active email address sometime later, don’t forget to update the forwarding address in the Alumni SSO Credential Service page.

If you have questions, contact the alumni SSO support line at (866) 998-0010 or (804) 484-1477.

Note: These instructions do not apply to active UR faculty and staff who have earned degrees through UR. Faculty and staff continue using their existing accounts.

2. Update Your UROnline Directory Information

One of most important actions you can take as a graduate is activating and updating your UROnline account. Until activated, you will not appear in the Alumni Directory as an SPCS graduate.

  • Activating your account enables you to stay connected to your classmates and the school, and to appear in the Alumni Directory.
    • Activating your profile and making it visible in the Alumni Directory enables you easily to connect and network with other SPCS graduates.
  • Updating your profile enables you to update contact information, add degrees earned, revise employment information, add family information (marriages, separations, and children) and more.
    • When updating your profile, you decide what appears and does not appear in the Alumni Directory. You can make as much or as little of your details visible to others.

For your convenience, you can use existing login credentials from a social media platform (Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn) or create a new account with an email address and password. Either account type will give you access to the Alumni Directory and enable you to update your profile.

Please take a few minutes to ensure your account is up-to-date. 

Enjoy Alumni Benefits
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 nonprofit studies and HR management industries)
  • Spider Career Expo (held annually, 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.

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

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 benefits for all UR alumni.

SPCS Tuition Discounts

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

Degree Programs
50% discount on tuition for undergraduate credit courses. Eligible alumni may apply this discount on one course (not to exceed 3 semester hours credit) per academic year (fall, spring and summer inclusive), except for courses that are already discounted. This discount applies to all degree programs except Teacher Licensure and graduate SPCS programs. Alumni who wish to utilize this discount must be registered by SPCS staff and should contact SPCS at (804) 287-6572 for further instructions.

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 and use your email address to create an account (My Account > New Customers).

Alumni who have not yet activated their email address should visit the Alumni SSO Credential Service at to set up their email address.

Continuing Connections - Update from the Dean

SPCS alumni receive notifications of the release of the Dean’s update, Continuing Connections, each semester. Continuing Connections features stories about SPCS graduates, faculty, staff, and students, along with updates on the School’s Strategic Plan 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • Tucker-Boatwright Festival of Literature and the Arts: Presented each year by a different humanities department within the School of Arts and Sciences.
Get Engaged
Networking Opportunities

SPCS offers a variety of networking opportunities for SPCS alumni. Examples include:

  • All SPCS graduates are welcome to attend regularly scheduled SPCS Alumni Association meetings. Meeting schedules are listed on the Alumni events calendar.
  • Career-specific Networking Events (recent events include nonprofit studies and HR management industries)
  • RVA Career Expo: SPCS regularly participates in this event, which attracts SPCS alumni
  • Greater Richmond SHRM Strategic Leadership Conference: SPCS regularly sponsors this event, which attracts HR management graduates
  • RVAsec: SPCS regularly sponsors this event, which attracts IT management, information systems and information security graduates
Special 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:

Get Involved
Serve on the Alumni Association Board

We invite engaged SPCS alumni to consider serving on the Board of Directors of the SPCS Alumni Association. Board members serve two-year terms and are eligible for leadership positions on the Executive Committee of the board.

The SPCS Alumni Association supports the School and its students and alumni by adopting projects to provide scholarship assistance to SPCS students and to provide service and social opportunities for alumni. The purpose of the Board of Directors is to support and serve as an ambassador in the Richmond community for SPCS and the University of Richmond.

Board members engage in fundraising efforts, planning activities and ambassadorship opportunities to fulfill the association’s mission.

Serve on the Dean's Ambassadors Circle

Alumni and friends of the School who have demonstrated long-time support of the University and the School may be invited to join the Dean’s Ambassadors Circle (DAC).

DAC is a leadership committee comprised of dedicated and accomplished SPCS alumni, faculty, friends of the school and Richmond area leaders who enthusiastically support the mission, goals and programs of the School.

DAC members are willing to donate their time, talents and resources to advance relationships between the School and public/private organizations and individuals in the Richmond community.

Drawing upon professional and leadership experiences, DAC provides external insight to the Dean and is dedicated to strengthening SPCS by promoting the mission and goals of the School, acting as ambassadors, raising the School’s profile in the community and strengthening community partners. DAC champions SPCS to continue excellence in continuing education and lifelong learning impacting the Richmond region.

Volunteer in the School

Opportunities to volunteer for special events and activities abound. Volunteers may assist with special events like Commencement, Homecoming, and Reunion Weekend, or may connect with prospective students at Information Sessions and New Student Orientation. Mentoring opportunities may be available as well.

Complete our Get Involved online form or contact Linda Turner at if interested in getting involved as an alumni volunteer.

Give Back to SPCS
Make a Gift to SPCS

If you’d like to give a monetary gift to SPCS, visit our SPCS giving portal at Your gift of any amount contributes to the excellent work SPCS continues to do in the Richmond community, including supporting degree-seeking students with scholarship funds.

  • You may choose to give a one-time gift or a recurring gift, and you may specify particular funds or programs to support.
  • You may also choose to contribute to a planned gift, a stock gift, or some other type of contribution. Contact the Offce of Donor Relations at or (804) 287-6815 for more information about opportunities. 

And because you are a graduate of the University of Richmond, your gift represents valuable alumni engagement that contributes to the prestige of the university.

Sponsor an Alumni Event

If you would be interested in promoting your business among SPCS students, faculty, staff and alumni, consider sponsorship opportunities at upcoming alumni events. Sponsoring events is a great way to support SPCS scholarship fundraising efforts, and your sponsorship gives you an opportunity to promote your business or organization among fellow students and alumni.

If you’re interested in an upcoming sponsorship opportunity, contact Linda Turner, SPCS Director of External Relations, or any member of the SPCS Alumni Association board for information.

SPCS Alumni Association
Board of Directors — Officers

Margaret Dalton, C’12

Duan Hobbs, C’13
Vice President 

Jason Martin, C’13

Sandy Benoit, GC’16

Robert Reed, C’13
Past President 

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Alumni & Graduate News

  • Mark Gan, C'17, hired as cyber security engineer at Accenture

    Mark Gan, C’17, has been hired as Cyber Security Lead Specialist Engineer at Accenture in Washington, D.C. Gan graduated in 2017 with a BSPS in IT Management, earning the Jean H. Proffitt Student Service Award at SPCS Night.

  • Kimberly Bridges, GC'13, quoted in analysis of Virginia politics

    Dr. Kimberly M. Bridges, GC’13, is quoted in The 74 analysis of Virginia education policy gains in the event of democratic wins in the November 5 election. The article was published two days prior to the election. Bridges earned a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and is now a professor in VCU’s School of Education.

  • Kirsten Logan, GC'18, co-authors article with professor in peer-reviewed journal

    Kirsten Logan, GC’18, has co-authored an article with SPCS adjunct associate professor Erik Laursen titled Does Mindfulness Strengthen Self-efficacy in First Grade Students? in the Journal of Teacher Action Research. This article represents the first peer-reviewed publication published by a student or graduate of the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction program.

  • Ernest Woodard, C'19, hired as systems developer for Henrico County

    Ernest Woodard, C’19, was recently hired following a Career Services-support job search as a Systems Developer II for Henrico County. Woodard, a retired Air Force veteran, earned a BSPS in Information Security and received the McDonald Davis Jr. Book Award with the highest GPA in the Information Systems program.

  • Nicole Arnold, GC'18, named assistant principal at Powhatan High School

    Nicole Arnold, GC’18, has been named assistant principal at Powhatan High School in Powhatan County Public Schools. Arnold earned a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies through SPCS.

  • Beverley Steele, GC'18, named assistant principal at Freeman High School

    Beverley Steele, GC’18, has been named assistant principal at Douglas S. Freeman High School in Henrico County Public Schools. Steele earned a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies through SPCS, and earned the Catherine S. Fisher Book Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in May 2019.

  • Charlie Goad, GC'16, named associate principal at Longdale Elementary School

    Charlie Goad, GC’16, has been named associate principal at Longdale Elementary School in Henrico County Public Schools. Goad earned a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies through SPCS.

  • Chaz Barracks, '11, GC'16, named CFD Dissertation Fellow in at UR

    Chaz Barracks, ’11, GC’16, has been named CFD Dissertation Fellow in Rhetoric & Communication at UR for the 2019-20 academic year. The Consortium for Faculty Diversity supports doctoral students in completing dissertations through the Dissertation Fellowship. Barracks is earning a Ph.D. in VCU’s Media Art & Text interdisciplinary program.

  • Valerie Mooney, GC'18, named resource teacher at Harvie Elementary School

    Valerie Mooney, GC’18, has been named a resource teacher at Harvie Elementary School in Henrico County Public Schools. Mooney earned a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies through SPCS.

  • Grace Davis, GC'17, named mission impact & stewardship officer

    Grace Davis, GC’17, has been named Mission Impact and Stewardship Officer in the Richmond office of World Pediatric Project. Davis earned a Master of Nonprofit Studies (MNS) degree through SPCS. World Pediatric Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission to heal critically ill children and build healthcare capacity in the world.

Recent Events

SPCS Alumni Reception - Reunion 2018
SPCS Alumni Reception held June 1, 2018, among University of Richmond Reunion 2018 events
Bring on the Brew Social - Spring 2018

SPCS Alumni Association-sponsored Spring 2018 social event for the SPCS community at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

SPCS Homecoming Tailgate Party

SPCS Alumni Association and Student Government Association sponsored Homecoming tailgate party for the SPCS community

Bring on the Brew Social

SPCS Alumni Association-sponsored social event for the SPCS community at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Alumni Benefit Summary
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