The College of Nursing will hold its May 2021 commencement ceremony at the main campus location: 8550 Magellan Parkway, Suite 1100, Richmond, VA 23227.

Graduates signed up for a morning or afternoon session based on their preference. Guests should confirm the time and date with their graduate. 

Graduates and their guests should check-in at the front reception desk promptly at their scheduled appointment time. We cannot guarantee prompt admittance to graduates who arrive late. We recommend that graduates and their guests plan to arrive a few minutes early to avoid traffic or other delays. Late arrivals may need to wait until a slot is available or until the end of the cycle. *Please note* All entrants to the building will need to complete and pass a wellness screening. 

Masks, Walking and Social Distancing
Due to statewide restrictions, all attendees are required to wear a facial mask. This includes both graduates and guests. This is a change from our previous mandate that stated masks were optional for graduates. Graduates are now required to wear a mask during commencement activities.

As part of the graduation activities, graduates and their guests will spend the full time walking or standing and should prepare accordingly. Social distancing is expected once inside the building. 

Dress Code
Students should refer to the Preparing for the Ceremony page for details.

Guest Maximum
Each graduate can bring a maximum of five (5) guests to the ceremony due to social distancing requirements.

Please refrain from bringing any balloons or noisemakers. If we see items that are distracting or cause any disturbance during the ceremony, we will ask that you place them in your car.

May graduates will receive their diploma as part of the commencement activities. Any graduate who is not present at commencement will have their diploma mailed to the address in the Student Portal; please be sure your address is updated. Any account hold must be cleared to receive your diploma.

Nursing Pins
May graduates will receive their nursing pins during the commencement activities. 

Professional senior portraits will be taken during the commencement activities. Information regarding individual portraits taken by our photographer will be posted on our Facebook page once ready. If you are not on Facebook, you may contact elia_imler@bshsi.org for assistance. 

General parking is available using any space marked with a blue square at the 8550 Magellan Parkway location.


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