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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 (2) passes, however, graduates must contact Zelda Tucker-Dugger at 804-524-5329 or email Passes will be given out on a first come, first serve basis. All requests must be received by Monday, May 8, 2017.


Diplomas may be picked up at the Registrar's Office, Gandy Hall, Room 119, during office hours any time on or after Monday, May 15, 2017.  Any diplomas that are not picked up by Friday, May 26, 2017 will be mailed.

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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