Frequently Asked Questions
Where do graduates and their families park for the May 12, 7 PM ceremony?

ALL parking for CVCC Faculty, Staff and Commencement attendees will be at the Runk and Pratt
Parking garage located east of Routes 460 and 29 on Liberty Mountain Drive at Liberty University East Campus.  Parking for VA DMV valid permitted disabled attendees will be at LU Commons 1 & 2 parking lots located south of the Vines Center on University Drive of the LU Campus.  If necessary, attendees may be dropped near the Vines Center by using the bus lane in front of Liberty Arena prior to proceeding to the Runk and Pratt parking garage.  Parking by CVCC Commencement attendees in other areas of the Liberty University campus will be subject to Liberty University parking enforcement.
Access to the Vines Center from the Runk and Pratt parking garage will be through the pedestrian tunnel located at the base of the parking garage.  The tunnel exit is directly across from the Vines Center.
Towing will be enforced:
Liberty Police will be enforcing parking regulations. Parking in an unauthorized lot or space may result in the vehicle be ticketed and/or towed.

Will CVCC hold a commencement ceremony this year?

Yes! CVCC is planning to host an in-person commencement ceremony at the Vines Center at Liberty University at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12th, 2022. Ceremony information is subject to change.

How can I participate in the commencement ceremony?

All candidates must submit a graduation application regardless of whether or not participation in the ceremony is desired. To apply, please click on the "Apply for Graduation" link in your Student Center section of your myCVCC account. Students who wish to attend the ceremony should check the box on the application for "Attending the Commencement Ceremony."

What happens after I turn in my graduation application?
  • You will see an application confirmation appear on your screen.
  • It is your responsibility to check your degree program completion with your counselor/advisor.
  • You will receive further information via email and text regarding the commencement ceremony.
What if I am taking courses at another institution to fulfill some of my degree requirements at CVCC?

You should note on the Graduation Application any course(s) that you plan to take at another institution in order to fulfill graduation requirement(s). Courses taken at another Virginia Community College do not require transcripts, however you must notify the College Registrar once your grades have posted. If the institution is outside of the Virginia Community College System, official transcripts must be sent to the Admissions & Records Office upon completion of the course(s). Delays may cause your graduation to be pushed to a future term.  Note that only grades of "C" or higher will transfer.

Can I apply to receive a certificate or career studies certificate while I am pursing an associate degree?

Yes, eligible students may obtain a certificate while pursuing an associate degree. Students should remain in their associate degree plan and submit an application to graduate with the chosen certificate.  If you wish to graduate from both the certificate program and the associate degree program in the same semester, you must list each on the graduation application.

If I move, change my name, or change my phone number what should I do?

If you change your address or phone number, you should notify the College Registrar. This will ensure that all mailings, including commencement information and diploma mailing, reach you in a timely manner.

If your name changes you must submit a Student Records Change Form to the Admissions and Records Office. You will need to present a valid driver's license, marriage/divorce decree, social security card, or documentation from the court showing the name change.

How will I be notified about commencement?

Graduation updates will be sent to your student email account beginning in March 2022. Degrees are posted after each semester; however, CVCC holds only one commencement ceremony each May. Students can view details on purchasing caps, gowns and announcements, as well as other pertinent information on this website.

Am I required to purchase a cap and gown?

Yes, if you plan to participate in the commencement ceremony you will need a cap, tassel, stole, and gown. The CVCC Bookstore will have a full range of academic regalia, announcements, and keepsakes available beginning in mid-March for the Class of 2022. If you wish to purchase these items, please visit the CVCC Bookstore. If you wish to participate in the ceremony but find the regalia to be cost prohibitive, please contact the College Registrar. Regalia may be borrowed from the college at no cost to the student.

Are graduation announcements available for purchase?

Yes, you may order graduation announcements from These customized announcements have the CVCC logo along with the date, time, and location of the commencement ceremony. You will need to select "Graduation Announcements" and then search for "Central Virginia Community College." In the navigation bar at the top of the page, select "Announcements" to view the available options for purchase.


How long will it take for my degree or certificate to be conferred?

Degrees are posted after the semester has ended, grades are received, and course substitution forms or transfer courses are reviewed. It can take 6-8 weeks to post all degrees after the term ends. 

When will I receive my diploma?

An empty diploma case will be presented to each graduate crossing the stage at the commencement ceremony. All diplomas will be mailed directly to graduates to the address on file in SIS. Graduates can expect to receive these according to the following timeline:

Graduation Term Diplomas Shipped
Fall 2021 Already shipped
Spring 2022 August 2022
Summer 2022 October 2022

*Please keep your mailing address up-to-date in SIS to prevent any delays in receiving your diplomas.

What if I need proof of graduation prior to receiving my diploma?

Using the Student Information System, view an unofficial transcript to verify your degree has been posted. If it has been posted you may request an official transcript to show proof of graduation. If your degree has not been posted, contact the College Registrar.

If I am unsuccessful with my graduation attempt, do I complete another application to apply for a future semester?

Yes, you are responsible for submitting a new graduation application reflecting the semester in which you plan to complete your degree requirements. If you are a spring candidate who has withdrawn from your coursework and will no longer be eligible to graduate, please inform the College Registrar so that your name will be removed from the list for commencement mailings and required institutional assessments.

If I am a summer graduate, can I participate in the ceremony in May prior to my graduation?

Yes. If you are completing your courses during the summer semester (May-August), you are eligible to participate in the May ceremony. Summer graduation candidates must meet the February deadline for submitting your graduation application.

Is it possible to obtain an additional degree or certificate after I have already completed one?

If you wish to earn an additional degree or certificate, the Virginia Community College System mandates that your prior program and current program differ by at least 25 percent of credits. This means that 25 percent of your new curriculum must be satisfied by courses that were not used in awarding your prior degree or certificate.

How can I order a replacement diploma?

If you want to order a replacement diploma, you will need to complete the duplicate diploma request and submit the form to the Admissions & Records Office. After all of the necessary information has been received, your order will be placed at the end of the next graduation cycle.  There is a $15 fee for this service.

How can I register as CVCC alumni?

Please register with our online CVCC Alumni & Friends database.