Virginia Commonwealth University will hold a universitywide virtual graduation and smaller in-person ceremonies for each department this spring.
“It’s important that we recognize the accomplishments of the VCU Class of 2021,” President Michael Rao said in a statement.
Gov. Ralph Northam announced last week that outdoor graduation ceremonies can have as many as 5,000 people, as long as the total is 30% or less of the venue’s capacity. Indoor graduations will be capped at 500 people or 30% of the venue’s capacity, whichever is less.
The virtual ceremony will be held May 15 and will include a Zoom party for students, video clips and photos from graduates, speeches and music. VCU will select a 2021 graduate from video auditions to serve as class speaker.
Details for in-person ceremonies have not been set. Those events will be broadcast online for guests unable to attend.
— Eric Kolenich
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