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Graduation Attendance Policy

A student who expects to graduate in the spring commencement may request absentia status by explaining in writing the very unusual circumstance that prevents participation in the ceremony. The request should be addressed to Susan Breeden, University Registrar and should be received no later than eight working days before the ceremony. The University Registrar will notify the degree candidate of the status granted by the University. Unless approved as absentia, a candidate for graduation who does not participate in the commencement ceremony does not graduate. To request absentia please contact the Registrar's Office at registrar@richmond.edu.