Graduating Students

Congratulations #RadGrads! As you count down the days to commencement, please take a few moments to make sure that you have reviewed all the details so you can relax and enjoy your commencement day.

Tickets are required for the Undergraduate Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 9.  Each graduate is allotted six (6) tickets for guests and may pick up the tickets at the Registrar’s Office on Main Campus and at RUC beginning Nov. 29. Children ages 5 and under are not required to have a ticket.

Tickets are not required for the Graduate Ceremony on Fri., Dec. 8.

Student Commencement Check-In
Graduating students should arrive at the lower level Preston Hall entrance 1 hour prior to the ceremony time and proceed to your college’s line up in the hallway.
Regalia, Tassels, Cords and Stoles
Graduating students are required to have formal academic regalia consisting of gowns, caps or tams, or hoods as appropriate. Graduates should purchase regalia as soon as possible in person from the Bookstore at Radford University main campus, RUC Bookstore or purchase online.  
  • Stoles and cords representing student organizations, affiliations or achievements may also be worn.
  • Honor Tassels can be picked up in the Registrar's Office, 105 Heth Hall beginning Dec. 1
  • Undergraduate tassels are worn on the right side then are moved to the left when degrees are conferred.

Graduates who need accessibility services should contact the Center for Accessibility Services (CAS) by December 1 at 540-831-6350, 540-922-1176 (VP) or

Service animals are permitted but this does not include service animals in training or ESAs.

Diplomas will be mailed after all grades are finalized and certified by the Registrar’s Office.

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 GradImages to provide quality graduation photos of each student. Photos can be found online after 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.

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 shared on University social media platforms - Facebook and Twitter.

First Destination Survey
We're excited to see what each of you are doing upon graduation as you make a positive impact in the Commonwealth and beyond. Please take 3 minutes or less to complete the First Destination survey today!