An array of speakers slated for 2018 commencements
5/5/2018, 11:26 a.m.
It’s graduation season for colleges and universities across Virginia, a time for inspiring commencement speeches, proud parents and cheering graduates.
Politicians, celebrities and outstanding students will provide words of wisdom and remarks aimed at inspiring members of the Class of 2018 and the next generation of leaders.
Below is a partial listing of upcoming commencements in Richmond and other parts of the Commonwealth.
Saturday, May 5
Norfolk State University, 9 a.m., William “Dick” Price Stadium,700 Park Ave. Norfolk. Speaker: Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax.
Friday, May 11
Virginia Tech, 8:30 a.m., Lane Stadium/Worsham Field, Blacksburg. Speaker: Gov. Ralph S. Northam.
John Tyler Community College, 4 p.m., Virginia State University Multi-Purpose Center, 20809 2nd Ave., Petersburg. Student speakers: Janay Cameron of Midlothian, general studies, pre-BSN specialization associate degree; Lauren Sanford of Chesterfield, general studies associate degree; Warren Reid of Farmville, funeral services associate degree; and Julia Bailey of Hopewell, liberal arts associate degree and paralegal studies career studies certificate.
Saturday, May 12
Howard University, 10 a.m., Upper Quadrangle of the main campus, 2400 6th St., N.W., Washington. Speaker: Actor and HU alumnus Chadwick Boseman, star of the movie “Black Panther.”
Virginia Union University, 10 a.m., Hovey Field on VUU campus, 1500 N. Lombardy St. (In the event of inclement weather, Arthur Ashe Jr. Athletic Center, 3001 N. Boulevard.) Speaker: Keisha Knight Pulliam, actress, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
Virginia Commonwealth University, 10 a.m., Richmond Coliseum, 601 E. Leigh St. Speaker: Actor and VCU alumnus Boris Kodjoe.
College of William & Mary, 9 a.m., Zable Stadium on campus, Williamsburg. Speaker: U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner.
Richard Bland Community College, 4 p.m., Statesman Hall on campus, 11301 Johnson Road, Petersburg. Speaker: Gov. Ralph S. Northam.
Sunday, May 13
Hampton University, 10 a.m., Armstrong Stadium, HU campus, Hampton. Speaker: Hollywood costume designer and HU alumna Ruth Carter, the first African-American costume designer to be nominated for an Academy Award.
Virginia State University, 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., VSU Multi-Purpose Center, 20809 2nd Ave., Petersburg. Speaker at 9 a.m. ceremony: Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax; at 2 p.m. ceremony, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner.
University of Richmond, 2 p.m., Robins Center on campus. Speaker: Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, 12:30 p.m., Stuart C. Siegel Center at VCU, 1200 W. Broad St. Speaker: Richmond Mayor Levar M. Stoney.
Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20
University of Virginia, 10 a.m., the Lawn on campus, Charlottesville. Speaker: President Teresa A. Sullivan.
Saturday, June 2
Randolph-Macon College, 10 a.m., Frank E. Brown Fountain Plaza on campus, Ashland. Speaker: Elizabeth E. Kiss, president of Agnes Scott College.