Smiling student at graduation ceremony

May 2024 Commencement

VCUarts is pleased to host an in-person ceremony honoring May 2024 graduates from the School of the Arts.

Friday, May 10
Altria Theater
6 North Laurel Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220

12:30 p.m. — doors open
1:00 p.m. — faculty and grads line-up
1:30 p.m. — ceremony start time
3:30 p.m. — ceremony end time

This is a ticketed event. Graduates may bring up to 6 guests to attend the in-person celebration. Tickets can be picked up in the VCUarts Dean’s Office, Pollak Building 2nd floor, on or after April 15th.

The completion of the First Destination Survey is required to pick up tickets.


For more information about the VCUarts commencement, please see the commencement FAQ. If you have additional questions, please contact the Dean’s Office at or 804-VCU-ARTS.


Please visit for information regarding regalia.


A professional photographer will photograph graduates after they have crossed the stage. A proof of this photo and information about purchasing will be sent to the email address provided on the reader form that graduates fill out upon arrival.

Commencement Speaker

Joshua Boone is a native of Portsmouth, Va. and received his B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Boone’s artistry has spanned an array of mediums from theater, film and television to commercials, voice-overs, modeling and music. In film, he was most recently seen starring as the lead of Netflix’s A Jazzman’s Blues, written, directed, and produced by Tyler Perry, which premiered worldwide at the Toronto International Film Festival. For his performance Boone received nominations for Outstanding Actor in A Motion Picture and Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture at the 2023 NAACP Image Awards.

Boone recently wrapped filming on Fleeing, starring opposite André Holland, Nicole Beharie, and DeWanda Wise. He previously starred in “Premature” for director Rashaad Ernesto Green opposite Zora Howard which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and can also be seen in the indie release Wheels for writer/director Paul Starkman.

Boone was recently seen on stage in Dominique Morisseau’s Broadway production of Skeleton Crew, starring opposite Phylicia Rashad and Chante Adams for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk award. Before that, he starred in Ivo van Hove’s highly acclaimed Broadway production of Network opposite Bryan Cranston. 

Boone is currently starring on Broadway in the musical adaptation of The Outsiders, produced by Angelina Jolie, and based on the novel by S. E. Hinton.

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Resources for recent alumni

VCUarts alumni have access to career services, Adobe software discounts and more.