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Commencement 2020

We’re committed to celebrate our graduating students in the SPCS class of 2020. While we may not be able to participate in traditional Commencement Exercises, we can share our pride in your accomplishments in many different ways. Review the following sections for details.

Message from the President

President Crutcher shares his pride in the SPCS graduating class of 2020. You can download a transcript of his remarks as well.

Reflections from the Dean

Jamelle Wilson headshotDean Wilson shares her reflections on this unusual semester and the challenges faced and overcome by the SPCS graduating class of 2020.

“Years from now when you pull out your life’s book and look back at the chapter represented by your time in the School of Professional & Continuing Studies, I know you will be reminded of the themes of determination and endurance; you also may note that this chapter contained periods of uncertainty, struggle and doubt. But most importantly, I hope this chapter reminds you of how this part of your life’s journey expanded your view and helped you on your quest to see perfectly — with 20/20 vision.”

SPCS Class of 2020 Graduate Listing

University Communications and the Office of the Registrar have collaborated to produce a commemorative SPCS Class of 2020 brochure listing the names and programs of all SPCS 2020 graduating students. You can also view the list of graduates and download the brochure.

UR Commencement Page

The University of Richmond Commencement page is your source for many celebration opportunities. President Crutcher’s address to all UR graduates is posted on that page, as is the commemorative SPCS Commencement brochure. Additional resources on this page:

  • Digital swag for your virtual Commencement celebrations (tag photos with #Richmond2020 and #SpiderPride along with @urspcs on social media)
  • Commemorative video from UR to the Class of 2020
  • Class of 2020 Shout Outs, including SPCS faculty, staff & students
  • Commencement FAQ addressing important questions about mailing diplomas, in-person Commencement celebrations and regalia for that ceremony

Honoring Our Graduates

Senior Book 2020

Each year, the SPCS Alumni Association presents graduates with a Senior Book, a keepsake listing of graduating students. Graduating students receive Senior Books over the summer as digital assets on a keepsake thumb drive. Those who complete a senior book profile will be included in the Senior Book. You will also have the option to submit a headshot by email to include in the Senior Book. We encourage all graduating students, regardless of degree or program, to submit a profile online.

Class of 2020 Gift

The graduating class has the opportunity to contribute to SPCS scholarship funds through the annual Commencement class gift. Anyone is welcome to contribute to the Class Gift fund. Your gift of $20.20 (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, especially important during this challenging time of social, emotional, economic, and health care upheaval as a resule of the coronavirus pandemic.

Additional Photos

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

Contact Us

Special Programs Building
490 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173
Phone: (804) 289-8133
Fax: (804) 289-8138

Monday-Friday: 8:30am–5pm
Closed for University holidays

Shoutout to Grads from the SPCS Staff

Shoutout to Grads from SPCS Faculty