Information for graduates

This site provides important information regarding graduation for you and your guests. Please familiarize yourself with the dates and times of all events. Should you have any questions, please contact Cindy Cheely in the Dean’s Office for further clarification.

Part of completing your obligation to the university, requires you to complete several surveys and an exit check list. These surveys will help us evaluate year dental education during your time here at VCU. The exit checklist will ensure you have completed all required tasks prior to graduation.

Military Promotion Ceremony

When: Friday, May 10, 2019
Where: Dominion Energy Center – Gottwald Playhouse 600 E. Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23219 (Map)
Time: 9:30 a.m.

On Friday, May 10, 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 10, 2019
Where: Dominion Energy Center – Carpenter Theatre 600 E. Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23219 (Map)
Time: 1 p.m. (Students are to arrive by 11:15 a.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 and there is no reserved seating.


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 Energy Center web site for directions and additional parking information.

VCU Commencement Ceremony

When: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Where: Greater Richmond Convention Center
Time: 10 a.m. (students to arrive at 9 a.m. at the 5th and Marshall St. entrance)

**All students are required to attend both the School of Dentistry Hooding and VCU Commencement Ceremonies. Information on diploma distribution will be provided at a later time. Diplomas not picked up during the scheduled distribution will be returned to the graduation office. Students whose diplomas have been returned to the graduation office will need to contact that office to schedule a pickup time.

For details about the VCU Spring 2019 Commencement, visit