Visitor Information

Spring (May) Commencement will be in December 2020 due to the COVID 19 more details to come.

The Virginia State University Spring 2020 Commencement is postponed due to the current uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic. This decision was reached following consultation involving VSU administration, Student Government and Senior Class leadership.

Graduates who are cleared and certified will receive their diplomas by way of US mail following successful completion of the Spring 2020 semester.

Friendly reminder, the $60.00 graduation fee is due on May 1, 2020.

Instructions for Paying Graduation Fee online:

  1. Go to
  2. Scroll down to Make a Payment and select the drop down arrow under Make a One Time Payment
  3. Select Tuition and Fee Payments and click Make a One-Time Payment
  4. Select Continue
  5. Provide your Student Information, select Spring 2020 from drop down menu and select Graduation Fee $60.00 +add from Item Information
  6. Follow instructions to process check or credit card payment

More details forthcoming in the near future.

Check your VSU email account and  for continuously updated information regarding Spring 2020 Commencement.”



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

Special Seating for Disabled

Special arrangements for disabled guests will be provided. One family member may sit in the Special Seating area with the family member. Please notify an usher and the family member will be directed to the Special Seating area. 


Diplomas will be mailed out by the Registrar’s Office 3 to 6 weeks after commencements.

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. Pictures can be purchased online two weeks after commencement off the VSU website.


If you have any questions regarding the Commencement Ceremony, please contact the following individuals;

Ms. Anita Wynn: Provost Office (804) 524-3269 (General Commencement questions)
Registrar’s Office: Transcripts and grade (804) 524-5275