Inclement Weather Update

Due to inclement weather, University offices will open and classes will start at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 21st, 2018.  The South Gate will remain closed until further notice.

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For information about lodging and dining accommodations, please check out the Petersburg visitors website or call (804) 733-2400, and the Colonial Heights visitors website or call (804) 518-0638.  

Special Seating for Disabled

Special arrangements for disabled guests will be provided. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis.


All diplomas will be mailed.  Please ensure that your address is correct with the Registrar's Office.

Diploma Frames

Diploma frames designed and matted especially for VSU diplomas will be available through the VSU Campus Bookstore. For additional information visit the Bookstore or call (804) 524-5691.


Picture taking is prohibited in front of the Commencement stage and is restricted to the Virginia State University photographer, the media and employee(s) of Orrie Gaines Photography.  Orrie Gaines Photography is responsible for taking pictures as each candidate walks across the stage.  For more information please call Orrie Gaines Photography at (804) 308-2778 or

 A DVD of the Commencement Ceremony will be available for purchase at a cost of $25.00 by money order, cashier’s check or certified check payable to the cashier’s office.  The order form is included in this guide.  For more information please call (804) 524-5188.


If you have any questions regarding the Commencement Ceremony, please contact the Provost’s Office, Anita Wynn, at (804) 524-5275.  For activities, please contact Student Activities at (804) 524-5645 

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