Families and Guests

Families, friends and guests are an integral part of commencement day celebrations for Radford University students. Visitors for commencement day are encouraged to review the information below and plan their visit to Radford University to enjoy our commencement festivities! You can anticipate the ceremony lasting approximately 2 hours.

There are many places to stay near Radford University in Radford, Virginia. View some of the area lodging options.
View directions to campus and parking information.

Entering the commencement venue
Doors will open 1 hour prior the ceremony and guests may enter through the Dedmon Center Riverside Entrance.

Tickets and seating
Tickets are not required for the December 2021 Commencement Ceremony at the Dedmon Center. Other commencement events may require tickets. Please check the schedule of events for details.

Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. All guests must remain in designated seating. Graduating students will be the only individuals allowed on the floor. This is for safety and COVID protocol.

Accessibility Services

  • Accessible seating for guests is available on a first come, first serve basis. Once at the venue, University volunteers will direct guests to the designated accessible seating areas. 
  • For guests requiring American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting services during the ceremony, contact the Center for Accessibility Services by December 1 at 540-831-6350 or cas@radford.edu.
  • Service animals are permitted but this does not include service animals in training or ESAs.

Health and Safety
Face masks are required in indoor spaces regardless of vaccine status. View university mask guidelines.
Hand Sanitizer Stations will be located throughout the venue.

Program Booklet
Programs will be available at the Riverside Entrance for guests upon entering the venue.

Available for purchase at the venue

  • Flowers
  • Food and beverages

Livestream and Photography
A link to a livestream of the commencement ceremony will be available from the University homepage, on this website and University social media platforms - Facebook and Twitter for guests that want to view all of the excitement but are unable to attend. Live captioning will be available.

Radford University has contracted with Grad Images to provide quality graduation photos of each student. Proofs will be emailed to the student within 48 hours of the ceremony. #RadGrads and families are also welcome to take photos of their special day after the ceremony on or near the stage area as well as outside around campus.

On-Site Assistance
Look for University volunteers wearing Radford University lanyards stationed at the Riverside Entrance and throughout the venue before, during and after the ceremony.

Lost and Found
Please email commencement@radford.edu to report lost and found items. Items will be kept for 30 days.

Inclement Weather
December weather can be difficult to predict. We will monitor the forecast carefully and if severe weather appears likely to impact commencement, we will provide regular updates via email to our graduating students. Any changes to the commencement schedule will also be available on this website, University homepage and on Public Radio WVRU. Updates will also be shared on University social media platforms - Facebook and Twitter.