Information for guests

Military Promotion Ceremony

When: Friday, May 11, 2018
Where: Dominion Arts Center – Gottwald Playhouse 600 E. Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23219 (Map)
Time: 9:30 a.m.

The VCU School of Dentistry will hold a military promotion ceremony to recognize students who will be commissioned into the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force and the Virginia Army National Guard upon graduation.

VCU School of Dentistry Hooding Ceremony

When: Friday, May 11, 2018
Where: Dominion Arts Center – Carpenter Theatre 600 E. Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23219 (Map)
Time: 1 p.m.
Guests: No limit on the number of guests that may attend
Parking: See information below

Guest Seating

The Carpenter Theatre will be opened for guests at 12 p.m. Tickets are not required.  Please refrain from holding large numbers of seats before your party arrives.

Parking

For the hooding ceremony, parking is available in several places near the Carpenter Theatre. Mobility impaired guests will be able to find close proximity parking in the lot across from the Carpenter Theatre on Grace Street. Visit the Dominion Arts Center [PDF] web site for directions and additional parking information.

VCU Commencement Ceremony

When: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Where: Richmond Coliseum
601 E. Leigh Street, Richmond, VA (Map)
Time: 10 a.m.
Parking: See information below

Commencement Exercises

Commencement exercises will be held on Saturday May 12, 2018, at 10 a.m. in the Richmond Coliseum, 601 E. Leigh St. Seating is limited and offered on a first-come basis. Please see “Guest seating” below for more information.

Guest seating

The plaza-level doors to the Coliseum will be opened for guests at 9 a.m. The 7th Street entrance is for graduates only. Tickets are not required and there is no reserved seating. Once the capacity of the Coliseum is reached, no one will be allowed admission. If guests exit the Coliseum during the ceremony, they will not be readmitted as long as the seating capacity has been reached.

Special accommodations

Sections 14L, 15L, 30L and 31L at the Coliseum are wheelchair accessible. Hearing-impaired guests may want to sit in Section 17L, where an interpreter can be seen more easily.

Mobility-impaired guests and candidates may park on 7th Street at the Coliseum entrance. Graduation candidates needing special accommodations should contact Joyce Knight at Disability Support Services by calling (804) 828-1139.

Parking

For a nominal fee, parking is available through private contractors in decks and lots adjoining the Coliseum. Mobility-impaired guests and candidates may park at the Coliseum entrance on 7th Street. Visit richmondcoliseum.net for directions and additional parking information.

Special note

The Coliseum policy strictly prohibits alcoholic beverages, balloons and/or flammables of any form being brought into the building. Be advised that the police will confiscate these items. We want you to enjoy the day, but we expect our graduates to comply with these policies for the safety of all our guests.

Restaurants and dining

Search local restaurants for your favorite cuisine or check out the below sampling for a taste of what the Richmond restaurant scene has to offer. Many of the city’s best spots are within minutes of the Dominion Arts Center and the Richmond Coliseum.

Bistro 27
27 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Phone: 804-780-0086
www.bistrotwentyseven.com

The Boathouse at Rockett’s Landing
4708 E Main Street
Richmond, VA 23231
Phone: (804) 622-2628
https://www.boathouseva.com

Bottoms Up Pizza
1700 Dock Street
Richmond, Virginia 23223
Phone: (804) 644-4400
www.bottomsuppizza.com

Capital Ale House – Downtown
623 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: 804-643-2537
www.capitalalehouse.com

Casa del Barco
320 S. 12th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
https://www.casadelbarcova.com

Chez Foushee
203 North Foushee Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Phone: 804-648-3225
www.chezfoushee.com

East Coast Provisions
3411 W. Cary St.
Richmond, VA 23221
Phone: (804) 353–3411
https://eastcoastrva.com

The Hard Shell
1411 E. Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 643-2333
http://thehardshell.com

Havana 59
16 North 17th Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 780-CUBA
www.havana59.net

La Grotta Ristorante
529 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 644-2466
http://www.lagrottarva.com/

Lemaire Restaurant
101 West Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23220
804-649-4629
http://www.lemairerestaurant.com

L’Opossum
626 China Street
Richmond, Va 23220
Phone: (804) 918-6028
http://www.lopossum.com

Max’s on Broad
305 Brook Rd
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Phone: (804) 225-0400
https://maxsonbroad.com

Millie’s Diner*
2603 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23223
Phone: (804) 643-5512
*Brunch too!
http://milliesdiner.com

Pasture
416 E. Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 780-0416
http://www.pastureva.com

Portico Restaurant
12506 River Road
Richmond, VA 23238
Phone: (804) 784-4800
http://porticorichmond.com

Rappahannock Restaurant
320 E. Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23219
https://www.rroysters.com

Stella’s
1012 Lafayette Street
Richmond, Virginia 23221
Phone: (804) 358-2011
http://stellasrichmond.com

Tarrant’s Cafe
1 West Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220
(804) 225-0035
www.tarrantscaferva.com

The Tobacco Company Restaurant
1201 East Cary Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 782-9555
www.thetobaccocompany.com

Hotels

Search local hotels to find one with the  amenities to make you feel right at home during your stay. Below is a list of the hotels located within just a few blocks of the Dominion Arts Center and the Richmond Coliseum.

Berkeley Hotel
1200 East Cary St
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: 888-780-4422
www.berkeleyhotel.com/

Hilton Richmond Downtown
501 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 344-4300
http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/virginia/hilton-richmond-downtown-RICRDHH/index.html

The Jefferson
101 West Franklin St.
Richmond, VA 23220
Reservations: 888-918-1895
www.jeffersonhotel.com

Omni Richmond Hotel
100 South 12th St.
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Reservations: 888-444-OMNI (6664)
www.omnihotels.com/hotels/richmond

Quirk Hotel
201 West Broad St.
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Reservations: 844-757-8475
www.destinationhotels.com/quirk-hotel

Richmond Marriott
500 East Broad St
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: 804-643-3400
www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ricdt-richmond-marriott/

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