University of Richmond to award more than 1,100 degrees

The University of Richmond celebrates commencement weekend May 6-7. The university expects to award more than 1,100 degrees, including 884 bachelor’s degrees, 82 master’s degrees, 46 MBA degrees and 149 juris doctor degrees.

Future plans 
From Richmond to Milan and Los Angeles to Beijing, graduating seniors are heading off to jobs and graduate schools in cities all over the world.

The class of 2017 has secured jobs at top-notch companies, including Deloitte, Boston Children's Hospital, Goldman Sachs, the National Institute of Health and Yelp.

Students are continuing their education at some of the country’s premiere graduate institutions, including Harvard Medical School, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University and Cornell University.

By the numbers

  • Through study abroad, research and internship programs around the world, more than 60 percent (461 students) of the class of 2017 studied abroad with university support.
  • Every major in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies participated in community service opportunities as part of community-based learning courses. Additionally, graduates completed more than 19,000 internship hours.
  • Twenty percent of the Richmond School of Law’s class of 2017 earned the Carrico Center Pro Bono Certificate for completing 120 hours of service throughout their three years. Their contributions totaled more than 6,000 hours.
  • Adult students in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies Weekend College program completed their bachelor’s degrees equating to more than 544 hours of class time on Fridays and Saturdays.

SPCS Speakers
The School of Professional and Continuing Studies has announced graduation speakers. The SPCS ceremony will feature a graduating student, faculty member and an alumnus. The student speaker is Lisa Cheney, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts. She has more than 20 years of fundraising experience and currently works as the director of donor relations at Sheltering Arms Foundation. 

The faculty speaker and recipient of the Itzkowitz Family Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Award is Daniel Hocutt, an adjunct professor teaching courses in English composition and research. He was selected by the SPCS student body for the award, which recognizes the teaching achievements of an adjunct faculty member.

The alumni speaker and recipient of the Gibb Family Distinguished Alumni Award is Cathy Eagles, a veteran paralegal who retired in March from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She earned a Bachelor of Applied Studies in paralegal studies in 2000. The award recognizes the accomplishments and support of a SPCS alumni member.

More information on commencement speakers and ceremonies is available in this media release.

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