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VCU’s Annual Student Convocation on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018 is cancelled.

8/21/2018 1:44 pm

To the VCU Community,

Due to a severe weather forecast in Richmond, VCU’s annual New Student Convocation, scheduled for 4 p.m. today at the Stuart C. Siegel Center, is cancelled. As a result, the annual Spirit Walk from the Siegel Center to the University Student Commons and a student block party on Floyd Avenue are also cancelled.

The university’s weather forecasting service predicts thunderstorms, scattered showers, lightening and high winds are possible until 8 p.m. tonight.

VCU’s Division of Student Affairs and Dining Services are relocating a scheduled dinner for new students to the University Student Commons. Dinner will be served in the Student Commons to residents from the following residence halls at assigned times:

  • Johnson/Honors/Cabaniss: 4:45 p.m - 5:30 p.m.

  • GRC Upper Floors (7th-12th): 5:30 p.m.- 6:15 p.m.

  • GRC Lower Floors (2nd-6th) & GRC III: 6:15 p.m. - 7 p.m.

  • Brandt: 7 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

  • Rhoads: 7:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

University administrators decided to cancel this event out of an abundance of caution for the university community and its safety.  While we understand this is a disappointment for students and the families of university scholars, the safety of all of our guests is paramount. We encourage everyone with travel plans in and around Richmond to check weather forecasts this evening.


Chief John Venuti, VCU Police

Assistant Vice President for Public Safety


It is essential to be prepared for emergency situations and to be cognizant of ways to prevent crime and avoid dangerous situations.

The Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department would like to remind students, in particular, to keep personal safety in mind. There are certain things you need to be aware of as residents of an urban environment, as crimes may occur in our community.

The best defense is to be prepared and to take responsibility for your own safety and for that of your friends and fellow students. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, walk with a friend and make use of RamSafe, VCU’s security escort service. For additional safety tips from the VCU Police, please see and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to read VCU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report Get Adobe Reader and to share this information with other members of the community.

VCU is dedicated to promoting a safe and secure environment for learning, living, working or visiting.