SPCS Commencement

Commencement 2021

Due to an update in state guidance the University of Richmond will host in-person SPCS Commencement ceremonies on May 8 for the classes of 2020 and 2021, and graduates are permitted two guests to attend. Virtual participation options will be available for students and families who need or prefer to participate from afar. Complete details are available on the University’s Commencement website, along with a comprehensive FAQ.

All attendees must vacate the Robins Center immediately following each Ceremony to enable cleaning before the next event.

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.

Class of 2020

  • Saturday, May 8, 2021
  • Robins Center
  • 8 a.m. (doors open at 7:30 a.m.)
  • Watch recording

Class of 2021

  • Saturday, May 8, 2021
  • Robins Center
  • 11:30 a.m. (doors open at 11 a.m.)
  • Watch recording

Adherence to the Governor's Commencement guidance will require regimented management of the ticketing process. Each graduate will be allotted 2 guest tickets for distribution. To account for state mandated physical distancing requirements, seating will be assigned in 3-person groups of graduates and 2 guests.

Graduates are required in advance to identify names and email addresses for each guest. Seating will be assigned and tickets will be distributed virtually through email and provided to each graduate in advance.

Ceremony will be live streamed (see links above) and recorded.

All attendees must vacate the Robins Center immediately following each Ceremony to enable careful cleaning before the next event.

Preparing for Commencement

Wearing Your Regalia

Graduating students who plan to attend the ceremony in-person should enter the Robins Center fully robed in regalia. No robing rooms are available for in-person ceremonies.

Late Regalia Pickup

If you’ve not received your regalia, you may pick up your regalia Saturday morning before your ceremony. Stop by the Concourse Level near the North Entrance opposite Robins Stadium. Doors will open 30 minutes early. A team from the Spider Shop will be set up onsite with extra regalia.

Receiving Your Regalia

Regalia has been mailed to the address on record in BannerWeb (for current students) or in UROnline (for alumni). If your address of record in these systems is inaccurate, please update it to ensure you receive your regalia in time for Commencement.

Class of 2021 Regalia Ordering

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

During the Ceremony

Digital Toolkits

To help you celebrate in style, University Communications has prepared unique digital toolkits, featuring logos, graphics, and printer-friendly, customizable signs. Show your #SpiderPride!

Commencement Programs

Browsable PDF versions of both the 2020 and 2021 programs are available online, and no printed materials will be provided.

Additional Opportunities

2021 SPCS Class Gift

We invite members of the SPCS Class of 2021 to contribute to the 2021 SPCS Class Gift. Each year, graduating SPCS students join together to contribute a class gift toward the Dean’s Impact Fund, which helps support scholarships and contingency funds for students and programs in need.

UROnline Alumni Directory

Once you’ve graduated, we encourage members of the Class of 2021 to create your profile on the University of Richmond alumni directory portal, UROnline. Creating a profile includes you in the SPCS Alumni Directory, where you can hide or make visible any information you’d like.

UROnline is how we stay connected to you, and how you can stay connected with your classmates and fellow graduates. We hope that you’ll keep your email address up-to-date to recieve updates from us. And it’s easy to activate your “email for life” after graduating — visit the Alumni SSO Portal to activate and manage your UR email address.

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