SPCS Commencement

Commencement 2021

The University of Richmond, in coordination with SPCS, has made the following plans for celebrating the SPCS classes of 2020 and 2021 during Commencement 2021. Complete details are available on the University’s Commencement website, along with a comprehensive FAQ.

Class of 2021 & Class of 2020

SPCS Commencement Exercises will be held in the Robins Center Arena on Saturday, May 8, 2021, for the Classes of 2021 and 2020. Commencement COVID precautions will align with the color stages within our Physical Distancing Framework.

All ceremonies will be live streamed and recorded. A decision of Commencement plans will be announced by April 1.

Red Stage (Virtual)

  • 9 a.m., Class of 2020 & Class of 2021 (combined)

Orange and Yellow Stages

*Class of 2020 and 2021 may be combined into a single ceremony at 9 a.m. dependent upon completion of a survey to indicate graduate participation. Final ceremony arrangements will be announced in conjunction with color stage commencement communication by April 1.

  • 8 a.m., Class of 2020
  • 11:30 a.m., Class of 2021
  • Orange Stage: Graduates only
  • Yellow Stage: Graduates and up to 2 guests per graduate

Green Stage

  • 9 a.m., Class of 2020 & Class of 2021 (combined), unlimited guests

Preparing for Commencement

Class of 2021 Regalia Ordering

Graduation regalia should be ordered online through the Commencement Regalia page. The deadline to order in time for Regalia Pickup is February 15.

Regalia Pickup & Commencement Celebration

The SPCS Alumni Association sponsors the Commencement Regalia Pickup & Celebration event, time and date TBA. Graduating students are invited to meet the association board, get Senior Book photos taken, collect their regalia and celebrate their upcoming graduation. Those unable to attend the event may collect regalia from the UR Bookstore starting April 19 or at the Weinstein Center on the morning of Commencement.

Class of 2020 Regalia

Regalia will be available for distribution in advance of your ceremony. Additional details regarding time and location to be announced as they become available.

Previous Commencements

  • 2020 Celebration of Graduates

    The School of Professional and Continuing Studies, following health and safety guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic, did not hold the 2020 Commencement ceremony. Instead, we used the two weeks around our traditional Commencement date to celebrate our graduating students and award winners.

    Commencement Participants

    Visit the SPCS Night page for a list of students who earned the honor of participating in Commencement (although we unable to do so) 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 would have been included in the Commencement program.

    Commencement Speaker

    SPCS selected Commencements speakers. Since they were unable to give their addresses, we asked them to write reflections on their experience in SPCS. 

    • Brian Krach was selected as the 2020 student Commencement speaker (reflections)
    • Eric Beatty, ’01, GC’12, received the 2020 Gibb Family Distinguished Alumni Award (reflections).
    • Meghan Rosatelli received the 2020 Itzkowitz Family Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Award (reflections).

    President’s Message to the Class of 2020

  • Commencement: May 11, 2019

    The School of Professional and Continuing Studies 2019 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

    • Griffin Trau, ’17, was selected as the 2019 student Commencement speaker.
    • Greg Mays, C’14, GC’18, received the 2019 Gibb Family Distinguished Alumni Award.
    • April Greenan received the 2019 Itzkowitz Family Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Award.
  • Commencement: May 12, 2018

    The School of Professional and Continuing Studies 2018 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

    • Kendyl Crawley Crawford was selected as the 2018 student Commencement speaker.
    • Wendell C. Roberts received the 2018 Itzkowitz Family Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Award.
    • Robert Reed, C’13, received the 2018 Gibb Family Distinguished Alumni Award.
  • Commencement: May 6, 2017

    The School of Professional and Continuing Studies 2017 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

    • Lisa Cheney, C’17, was selected as the 2017 student Commencement speaker.
    • Daniel Hocutt, R’92, G’98, received the 2017 Itzkowitz Family Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Award.
    • Cathy Eagles, C’00, received the 2017 Gibb Family Distinguished Alumni Award.
  • Commencement: May 7, 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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