Graduation 2020


“We have made it to the end of the most unique semester any of us could ever have imagined.” ~ President Friedman

Class of 2020 imageThe 47th Commencement Ceremony will include a virtual graduation featuring Senator Mark Warner as the keynote speaker. The ceremony will be streamed via YouTube Live on Monday, August 17, at 2 p.m., for students, faculty, staff, families and guests to view.

View the ceremony from here on August 17:

Drive-Through Celebration
Following the virtual ceremony, we will celebrate the accomplishments of graduates and bring the college community together with a drive-through event held on the main campus. From 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., students will proceed down College Drive and be greeted by faculty and staff cheering them on along the way. The drive-through will culminate at a stop in front of the Dickinson Building, where students will be presented with a special tote bag filled with their diploma cover, alumni keepsakes and other commemorative items.

The drive-through will continue rain-or-shine unless there is a probability of threatening weather such as high winds or lightening.

2020 graduates are also invited to participate in the graduation ceremony scheduled for spring 2021.

This graduation plan allows PVCC to safely honor and celebrate the spring 2020 graduates now, and affords the graduates an opportunity to experience the entirety of traditional graduation next spring. 

Graduation requirements, including the number of credits required for associate degrees and certificates, are detailed in the current PVCC Catalog.

Next Step for 2020 Graduates:

Honor Cords

Honor cords will be available at a later date, but students who graduate with honors will be recognized on the ceremony slide. Gold honor cords are awarded to all students who have earned the Cum Laude (3.2 GPA), Magna Cum Laude (3.5 GPA), or Summa Cum Laude (3.8 GPA) distinction. Because of time restraints with final grades, this cumulative GPA does not include the grades earned in the final spring semester prior to graduation. The Honor Cord tradition enables us to single out in a special way those students who excelled through hard work and perseverance. Honor cords are given only to students being awarded a Certificate or two-year degree. Career Studies Certificate awardees are not eligible for an honor cord.

Your Diploma

Participation in PVCC's commencement ceremony does not denote official certification of a degree or certificate. Your graduation is official only after all program requirements have been met and documented by the Registrar's Office. PVCC orders student diplomas approximately one month after the commencement ceremony. You will receive your diploma by mail 8-10 weeks after it has been ordered. Diplomas will be mailed to the address indicated on the Graduation Application. If your address changes; please notify Jeannie Perutelli at

Proof of Graduation

If you need proof of graduation, please request an official transcript. Allow up to two weeks after your graduation date for your transcript to reflect your completed degree or certificate. The transcript will be mailed to you.