Commencement Instructions


2021 Commencement Instructions FAQ’s

Is there a commencement ceremony?
Yes. The university will host an in-person ceremony for the class of 2021 and the Spring/Summer/Fall class of 2020 to celebrate their achievements on Sunday, May 23, 2021.

9:00 AM – Class of 2021

2:00 PM – Class of 2020 (Spring, Summer and Fall)

In-person ceremonies will be held rain or shine.


Where will commencement be held?

Commencement will be held at Rogers Stadium

1 Hayden Drive, Virginia State University, VA 23806

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Will there be a commencement rehearsal?

Yes. Commencement rehearsal will be 10:00AM – 12:00PM, Saturday, May 22, 2021 at Rogers Stadium for all participants.

Will tickets be required for guests to attend?

Yes. Due to a limited amount of guest seating, tickets are required for all guests attending the graduation ceremony.  Each graduate will be provided with two (2) general admission tickets. No additional tickets will be provided.

How will tickets be distributed?

Tickets must be picked up, in person, by the graduation candidate with a photo ID.  Tickets will be distributed on the day of rehearsal. 

How long will the ceremony last and will graduates cross the stage?

The actual ceremony will last approximately two hours. Due to COVID restrictions, we are currently exploring options to individually recognize students and cross the stage.

Do I need to participate in commencement to graduate?

No.  All students who meet their academic requirements, regardless of whether they will attend the ceremonies, will still receive their diploma in the mail.

If I don’t want to participate in any of the ceremonies, do I need to apply to graduate?

Yes.  You must apply to graduate regardless of ceremony participation. For graduation guidelines and requirements. Click Here

Will the commencement ceremony be recorded and live-streamed?

Yes.  The ceremony will be recorded and can be viewed live on the VSU webpage.  More information will be forthcoming.

If I am a 2020 graduate, will I need to register to participate in the ceremony?  How do I register?

Yes.  Students are required to register to participate in the 2:00PM ceremony.  Please see below for more information:

  • Spring/Summer/Fall 2020 graduates please check your VSU email for the registration link.
  • For information on resetting your password click here, or contact the VSU Technology Services helpdesk at 804-524-5210.


Will health and safety precautions be in place at the in-person ceremonies?

Yes.  Face masks will be required.  The University will adhere to all health and safety guidelines for graduation ceremonies prescribed by the Governor’s 4 th Amended Executive Order 72.

 4 th Amended Executive Order 72


Special Needs Accommodations

Commencement ceremonies at Virginia State University are accessible to all graduates and guests.  Accessible parking is available in Lot 29A (West side/Home side of the stadium).

If you require any assistance beyond what is listed here, please contact Zelda Tucker-Dugger at or 804-524-5329 and provide your contact information and particular need and we will make every effort to accommodate you.

Hearing Impaired

Sign language interpreters will be stationed on the stage. Please advise the ushers if you need to make use of the interpreters and they will seat you in a section with a clear view of the interpreters.